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John 13:5

then he pours water into the washhand basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the linen towel with which he was girded.

Philippians 2:1-4

If then there be any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and compassions, fulfil my joy, that ye may think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, thinking one thing; let nothing be in the spirit of strife or vain glory, but, in lowliness of mind, each esteeming the other as more excellent than themselves;read more.
regarding not each his own qualities, but each those of others also.

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Christian ministers » Servants » Soldiers of Christ

Philippians 2:25

but I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-workman and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need,

2 Timothy 2:3-4

Take thy share in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one going as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.

Christian ministers » Servants » Of jesus Christ

Christian ministers » Servants » Of God

Titus 1:1

Paul, bondman of God, and apostle of Jesus Christ according to the faith of God's elect, and knowledge of the truth which is according to piety;

Christian ministers » Servants » Stars

Revelation 1:20

The mystery of the seven stars which thou hast seen on my right hand, and the seven golden lamps. The seven stars are angels of the seven assemblies; and the seven lamps are seven assemblies.

Revelation 2:1

To the angel of the assembly in Ephesus write: These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamps:

Christian ministers » Servants » Of the grace of God

Christian ministers » Servants » of the Lord

Christian ministers » Servants » Shepherds

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will raise up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, saith Jehovah.

Christian ministers » Servants » Of the mysteries of God

Christian ministers » Servants » Stewards of God

Christian ministers » Servants » Of the church

Duty » Servants » Faithfulness

Duty » Servants » Respect for masters

1 Timothy 6:1

Let as many bondmen as are under yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and the teaching be not blasphemed.

Duty » Servants » Obedience

Duty » Servants » Patience in hard places

Duty » Servants » Desire to please

Titus 2:9

bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

Faithful » Servants

Exodus 21:5

But if the bondman shall say distinctly, I love my master, my wife, and my children, I will not go free;

Psalm 123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are directed to Jehovah our God, until he be gracious unto us.

Proverbs 17:2

A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Proverbs 25:13

As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

Proverbs 27:18

Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that guardeth his master shall be honoured.

More verses: Matthew 24:45

Injustice » Specially to be avoided towards » Servants

Job 31:13-14

If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me, What then should I do when God riseth up? and if he visited, what should I answer him?

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Servants

Luke 7:2-3

And a certain centurion's bondman who was dear to him was ill and about to die; and having heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, begging him that he might come and save his bondman.

Presents » Things given as » Servants

Genesis 29:29

And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah, his maidservant, to be her maidservant.

Genesis 29:24

And Laban gave to her Zilpah, his maidservant, to be maidservant to Leah his daughter.

Genesis 20:14

And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and bondmen and bondwomen, and gave them to Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of david

2 Samuel 15:21

And Ittai answered the king and said, As Jehovah liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

2 Samuel 12:18

And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not hearken to our voice; and how shall we say to him, The child is dead? he may do some harm.

2 Samuel 15:15

And the king's servants said to the king, Behold, thy servants will do whatever my lord the king shall choose.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of abigail

1 Samuel 25:14-17

And one of Nabal's young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to bless our master; and he has insulted them. And the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we companied with them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them feeding the sheep. read more.
And now know and consider what thou wilt do, for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household; and he is such a son of Belial, that one cannot speak to him.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of naaman

2 Kings 5:2-3

And the Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said to her mistress, Oh, would that my lord were before the prophet that is in Samaria! then he would cure him of his leprosy.

2 Kings 5:13

And his servants drew near, and spoke to him and said, My father, if the prophet had bidden thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he says to thee, Wash and be clean?

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of nehemiah

Nehemiah 4:16

And from that time forth the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held the spears, and the shields, and the bows, and the corslets; and the captains were behind all the house of Judah.

Nehemiah 4:23

And neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard that followed me, none of us put off our garments: every one had his weapon on his right side.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of jonathan

1 Samuel 14:7

And his armour-bearer said to him, Do all that is in thy heart; turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Onesimus

Philemon 1:11

once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of cornelius

Acts 10:7

And when the angel who was speaking to him had departed, having called two of his household and a pious soldier of those who were constantly with him,

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of the roman centurion

Matthew 8:9

For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my bondman, Do this, and he does it.

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of boaz

Ruth 2:4

And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem; and he said to the reapers, Jehovah be with you! And they said to him, Jehovah bless thee!

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of ziba

Servant » Instances of good » Servants » Of abraham

Servants » God's

1 Chronicles 6:49

And Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt-offering, and on the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

Servants » Servants not being able to serve two masters

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation is there between righteousness and lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with darkness? and what consent of Christ with Beliar, or what part for a believer along with an unbeliever? and what agreement of God's temple with idols? for ye are the living God's temple; according as God has said, I will dwell among them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be to me a people.

1 Corinthians 10:20-22

But that what the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God. Now I do not wish you to be in communion with demons. Ye cannot drink the Lord's cup, and the cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the Lord's table, and of the table of demons. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

James 3:9-12

Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing. It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus. Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter? read more.
Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs? Neither can salt water make sweet water.

Servants » When good » Are partakers of gospel privileges

Servants » What servants should do

Titus 2:9

bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

Ephesians 6:5-8

Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ; not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul, serving with good will as to the Lord, and not to men; read more.
knowing that whatever good each shall do, this he shall receive of the Lord, whether bond or free.

1 Timothy 6:1-2

Let as many bondmen as are under yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and the teaching be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren; but let them the rather serve them with subjection, because they are faithful and beloved, who profit by the good and ready service rendered. These things teach and exhort.

Colossians 3:22-23

Bondmen, obey in all things your masters according to flesh; not with eye-services, as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatsoever ye do, labour at it heartily, as doing it to the Lord, and not to men;

Servants » The term often used to express humility

Genesis 33:5

And he lifted up his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, Who are these with thee? And he said, The children that God has graciously given thy servant.

Genesis 18:3

and said, Lord, if now I have found favour in thine eyes, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.

1 Samuel 20:7

If he say thus, It is well, thy servant shall have peace; but if he be very wroth, be sure that evil is determined by him.

1 Kings 20:32

And they girded sackcloth on their loins, and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Ben-Hadad says, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.

Servants » Slaves or bond » To participate in all national rejoicings

Deuteronomy 12:18

but before Jehovah thy God shalt thou eat them in the place which Jehovah thy God will choose, thou and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy bondman, and thy handmaid, and the Levite that is within thy gates; and thou shalt rejoice before Jehovah thy God in all the business of thy hand.

Deuteronomy 16:11

and thou shalt rejoice before Jehovah thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy bondman, and thy handmaid, and the Levite that is in thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow that are in thy midst in the place that Jehovah thy God will choose to cause his name to dwell there.

Deuteronomy 16:14

And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy bondman, and thy handmaid, and the Levite, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are in thy gates.

Servants » Christ condescended to the office of

John 13:5

then he pours water into the washhand basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the linen towel with which he was girded.

Luke 22:27

For which is greater, he that is at table or he that serves? Is not he that is at table? But I am in the midst of you as the one that serves.

Servants » Slaves or bond » All israelites sold as, to be free at the jubilee

Leviticus 25:10

And ye shall hallow the year of the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty in the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; a year of jubilee shall it be unto you, and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family;

Leviticus 25:40-41

as a hired servant, as a sojourner, shall he be with thee; until the year of jubilee shall he serve thee. Then shall he depart from thee, he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.

Leviticus 25:54

And if he be not redeemed in this manner, then he shall go out in the year of jubilee, he and his children with him.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Seizing and stealing of men for, condemned and punished by the law

Deuteronomy 24:7

If a man be found who hath stolen one of his brethren of the children of Israel, and who hath treated him as a slave and sold him, that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from thy midst.

1 Timothy 1:10

fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers; and if any other thing is opposed to sound teaching,

Exodus 21:16

And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall certainly be put to death.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be faithful to them

Titus 2:10

not robbing their masters, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the teaching which is of our Saviour God in all things.

Luke 16:10-12

He that is faithful in the least is faithful also in much; and he that is unrighteous in the least is unrighteous also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who shall entrust to you the true? and if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who shall give to you your own?

Servants » Bond, illustrative » Of Christ

Psalm 40:6

Sacrifice and oblation thou didst not desire: ears hast thou prepared me. Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not demanded;

Philippians 2:7-8

but emptied himself, taking a bondman's form, taking his place in the likeness of men; and having been found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of the cross.

Hebrews 10:5

Wherefore coming into the world he says, Sacrifice and offering thou willedst not; but thou hast prepared me a body.

Servants » Slaves or bond » By birth

Genesis 14:14

And Abram heard that his brother was taken captive; and he led out his trained servants, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them as far as Dan.

Psalm 116:16

Yea, Jehovah! for I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Jeremiah 2:14

Is Israel a bondman? Is he a home-born slave? Why is he become a spoil?

Servants » When good » Have God with them

Genesis 39:21

And Jehovah was with Joseph, and extended mercy to him, and gave him favour in the eyes of the chief of the tower-house.

Genesis 31:42

Had not the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, been with me, it is certain thou wouldest have sent me away now empty. God has looked upon my affliction and the labour of my hands, and has judged last night.

Acts 7:9-10

And the patriarchs, envying Joseph, sold him away into Egypt. And God was with him, and delivered him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he appointed him chief over Egypt and all his house.

Servants » The servant of the lord

Isaiah 53:1-12

Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender sapling, and as a root out of dry ground: he hath no form nor lordliness, and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and left alone of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and like one from whom men hide their faces; despised, and we esteemed him not. read more.
Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; and we, we did regard him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, but he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and was as a sheep dumb before her shearers, and he opened not his mouth. He was taken from oppression and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And men appointed his grave with the wicked, but he was with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence, neither was there guile in his mouth. Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath subjected him to suffering. When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see a seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the fruit of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant instruct many in righteousness; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I assign him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong: because he hath poured out his soul unto death, and was reckoned with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 42:1-7

Behold my servant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delighteth! I will put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the nations. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment according to truth. read more.
He shall not faint nor be in haste, till he have set justice in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God, Jehovah, he that created the heavens and stretched them out, he that spread forth the earth and its productions, he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I, Jehovah, have called thee in righteousness, and will take hold of thy hand; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations, to open the blind eyes, to bring forth the prisoner from the prison, them that sit in darkness out of the house of restraint.

Isaiah 50:4-10

The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of the instructed, that I should know how to succour by a word him that is weary. He wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the instructed. The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not away back. I gave my back to smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. read more.
But the Lord Jehovah will help me: therefore shall I not be confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me: who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adverse party? let him draw near unto me. Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Behold, they all shall grow old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that hearkeneth to the voice of his servant? he that walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him confide in the name of Jehovah, and stay himself upon his God.

Isaiah 52:12-15

For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for Jehovah will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear-guard. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and be lifted up, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the children of men read more.
so shall he astonish many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for what had not been told them shall they see, and what they had not heard shall they consider.

Servants » Faithful servants

Luke 12:35-40

Let your loins be girded about, and lamps burning; and ye like men who wait their own lord whenever he may leave the wedding, that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those bondmen whom the lord on coming shall find watching; verily I say unto you, that he will gird himself and make them recline at table, and coming up will serve them. read more.
And if he come in the second watch, and come in the third watch, and find them thus, blessed are those bondmen. But this know, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be dug through. And ye therefore, be ye ready, for in the hour in which ye do not think it, the Son of man comes.

Luke 19:12-19

He said therefore, A certain high-born man went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and return. And having called his own ten bondmen, he gave to them ten minas, and said to them, Trade while I am coming. But his citizens hated him, and sent an embassy after him, saying, We will not that this man should reign over us. read more.
And it came to pass on his arrival back again, having received the kingdom, that he desired these bondmen to whom he gave the money to be called to him, in order that he might know what every one had gained by trading. And the first came up, saying, My Lord, thy mina has produced ten minas. And he said to him, Well done, thou good bondman; because thou hast been faithful in that which is least, be thou in authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, My Lord, thy mina has made five minas. And he said also to this one, And thou, be over five cities.

Matthew 24:42-47

Watch therefore, for ye know not in what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and not have suffered his house to be dug through into. Wherefore ye also, be ye ready, for in that hour that ye think not the Son of man comes. read more.
Who then is the faithful and prudent bondman whom his lord has set over his household, to give them food in season? Blessed is that bondman whom his lord on coming shall find doing thus. Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all his substance.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be submissive even to the froward

Genesis 16:6

And Abram said to Sarai, Behold, thy maidservant is in thy hand: do to her what is good in thine eyes. And Sarai oppressed her; and she fled from her face.

Genesis 16:9

And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Servants » When good » Deserve the confidence of their masters

Genesis 24:2

And Abraham said to his servant, the eldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put thy hand, I pray thee, under my thigh,

Genesis 24:4

but thou shalt go to my land and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

Genesis 39:4

And Joseph found favour in his eyes, and attended on him; and he set him over his house, and all that he had he gave into his hand.

Servants » Bond, illustrative » Of the wicked

Romans 6:16

Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves bondmen for obedience, ye are bondmen to him whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 6:19

I speak humanly on account of the weakness of your flesh. For even as ye have yielded your members in bondage to uncleanness and to lawlessness unto lawlessness, so now yield your members in bondage to righteousness unto holiness.

Servants » Bond, illustrative » Of saints

Servants » Persons devoted to God so called

Isaiah 56:6

Also the sons of the alien, that join themselves to Jehovah, to minister unto him and to love the name of Jehovah, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and holdeth fast to my covenant;

Psalm 119:49

ZAIN. Remember the word for thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

Servants » Who shall be servant of all

Matthew 23:8-11

But ye, be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your instructor, and all ye are brethren. And call not any one your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in the heavens. Neither be called instructors, for one is your instructor, the Christ. read more.
But the greatest of you shall be your servant.

Mark 10:42-44

But Jesus having called them to him, says to them, Ye know that those who are esteemed to rule over the nations exercise lordship over them; and their great men exercise authority over them; but it is not thus among you; but whosoever would be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever would be first of you shall be bondman of all.

Servants » Slaves or bond » When israelites not to be treated with rigor

Leviticus 25:39-40

And if thy brother grow poor beside thee, and be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: as a hired servant, as a sojourner, shall he be with thee; until the year of jubilee shall he serve thee.

Leviticus 25:46

And ye shall leave them as an inheritance to your children after you, to inherit them as a possession: these may ye make your bondmen for ever; but as for your brethren, the children of Israel, ye shall not rule over one another with rigour.

Servants » Servants not being greater than their masters

John 15:20

Remember the word which I said unto you, The bondman is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my word, they will keep also yours.

Matthew 10:24-25

The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the bondman above his lord. It is sufficient for the disciple that he should become as his teacher, and the bondman as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household?

John 13:16

Verily, verily, I say to you, The bondman is not greater than his lord, nor the sent greater than he who has sent him.

Servants » Hired » To be paid without delay at the expiration of their service

Deuteronomy 24:15

on his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and his soul yearneth after it; lest he cry against thee to Jehovah, and it be a sin in thee.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be anxious for their welfare

2 Kings 5:2-3

And the Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said to her mistress, Oh, would that my lord were before the prophet that is in Samaria! then he would cure him of his leprosy.

1 Samuel 25:14-17

And one of Nabal's young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to bless our master; and he has insulted them. And the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we companied with them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them feeding the sheep. read more.
And now know and consider what thou wilt do, for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household; and he is such a son of Belial, that one cannot speak to him.

Servants » Hired » Hebrew slaves serving strangers to be treated as

Leviticus 25:47

And if a stranger or sojourner become wealthy beside thee, and thy brother beside him grow poor, and sell himself unto the stranger, who is settled by thee, or to a scion of the stranger's family,

Leviticus 25:53

As a hired servant shall he be with him year by year; his master shall not rule with rigour over him before thine eyes.

Servants » Jesus Christ taking the form of a servant

Luke 22:22-27

and the Son of man indeed goes as it is determined, but woe unto that man by whom he is delivered up. And they began to question together among themselves who then it could be of them who was about to do this. And there was also a strife among them which of them should be held to be the greatest. read more.
And he said to them, The kings of the nations rule over them, and they that exercise authority over them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be thus; but let the greater among you be as the younger, and the leader as he that serves. For which is greater, he that is at table or he that serves? Is not he that is at table? But I am in the midst of you as the one that serves.

Philippians 2:5-8

For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus; who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an equality with God; but emptied himself, taking a bondman's form, taking his place in the likeness of men; read more.
and having been found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of the cross.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Persons of distinction had many

Genesis 14:14

And Abram heard that his brother was taken captive; and he led out his trained servants, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them as far as Dan.

Ecclesiastes 2:7

I acquired servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, above all that had been in Jerusalem before me.

Servants » Unfaithful servants

Luke 19:12-27

He said therefore, A certain high-born man went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and return. And having called his own ten bondmen, he gave to them ten minas, and said to them, Trade while I am coming. But his citizens hated him, and sent an embassy after him, saying, We will not that this man should reign over us. read more.
And it came to pass on his arrival back again, having received the kingdom, that he desired these bondmen to whom he gave the money to be called to him, in order that he might know what every one had gained by trading. And the first came up, saying, My Lord, thy mina has produced ten minas. And he said to him, Well done, thou good bondman; because thou hast been faithful in that which is least, be thou in authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, My Lord, thy mina has made five minas. And he said also to this one, And thou, be over five cities. And another came, saying, My Lord, lo, there is thy mina, which I have kept laid up in a towel. For I feared thee because thou art a harsh man: thou takest up what thou hast not laid down, and thou reapest what thou hast not sowed. He says to him, Out of thy mouth will I judge thee, wicked bondman: thou knewest that I am a harsh man, taking up what I have not laid down and reaping what I have not sowed. And why didst thou not give my money to the bank; and I should have received it, at my coming, with interest? And he said to those that stood by, Take from him the mina and give it to him who has the ten minas. And they said to him, Lord, he has ten minas. For I say unto you, that to every one that has shall be given; but from him that has not, that even which he has shall be taken from him. Moreover those mine enemies, who would not have me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.

Matthew 24:42-51

Watch therefore, for ye know not in what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and not have suffered his house to be dug through into. Wherefore ye also, be ye ready, for in that hour that ye think not the Son of man comes. read more.
Who then is the faithful and prudent bondman whom his lord has set over his household, to give them food in season? Blessed is that bondman whom his lord on coming shall find doing thus. Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all his substance. But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come, and begin to beat his fellow-bondmen, and eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of, and shall cut him in two and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Eye-servants

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Men-pleasers

Servants » Duties of, to masters » Not to serve them with eye-service, as men-pleasers

Servants » Slaves or bond » When israelites to have their liberty after six years service

Deuteronomy 15:12

If thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, have been sold unto thee, he shall serve thee six years, and in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Of others not to be coveted or enticed away

Deuteronomy 5:21

Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.

Exodus 20:17

Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Captives taken in war often kept as

2 Kings 5:2

And the Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

Deuteronomy 20:14

only the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that shall be in the city, all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take as booty for thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee

Servants » Should serve » Heartily, as to the lord, and not unto men

Servants » Should serve » In singleness of heart

Servants » Should serve » In the fear of God

Servants » Divided into » Bond

Genesis 43:18

And the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house, and said, Because of the money that was returned to us in our sacks at the beginning are we brought in, that he may turn against us, and fall upon us and take us for bondmen, and our asses.

Leviticus 25:46

And ye shall leave them as an inheritance to your children after you, to inherit them as a possession: these may ye make your bondmen for ever; but as for your brethren, the children of Israel, ye shall not rule over one another with rigour.

Servants » When good » Shall be rewarded

Servants » Bad--exemplified

2 Samuel 14:30

Then he said to his servants, See, Joab's allotment is near mine and he has barley there: go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the allotment on fire.

Genesis 13:7

And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.

2 Samuel 13:28

And Absalom commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Smite Amnon; then slay him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Deceit

Psalm 101:6-7

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He that practiseth deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that speaketh falsehoods shall not subsist in my sight.

2 Samuel 19:26

And he said, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me; for thy servant said, I will saddle me the ass, and ride thereon, and go with the king; for thy servant is lame.

Servants » When good » To be honored

Proverbs 27:18

Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that guardeth his master shall be honoured.

Genesis 24:31

And he said, Come in, blessed of Jehovah! why standest thou outside? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

Servants » Hired » If foreigners not allowed to partake of the passover or holy things

Exodus 12:45

A settler and a hired servant shall not eat it.

Leviticus 22:10

And no stranger shall eat the holy thing; the sojourner with the priest, and the hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing.

Servants » Hired » Engaged by the year

Leviticus 25:53

As a hired servant shall he be with him year by year; his master shall not rule with rigour over him before thine eyes.

Isaiah 16:14

And now Jehovah speaketh saying, Within three years, as the years of a hired servant, and the glory of Moab shall be brought to nothing, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be small, few, of no account.

Servants » Who is not a mere servant

Galatians 4:6-7

But because ye are sons, God has sent out the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So thou art no longer bondman, but son; but if son, heir also through God.

John 15:1-15

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. As to every branch in me not bearing fruit, he takes it away; and as to every one bearing fruit, he purges it that it may bring forth more fruit. Ye are already clean by reason of the word which I have spoken to you. read more.
Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abide in the vine, thus neither can ye unless ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. Unless any one abide in me he is cast out as the branch, and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall come to pass to you. In this is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and ye shall become disciples of mine. As the Father has loved me, I also have loved you: abide in my love. If ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have spoken these things to you that my joy may be in you, and your joy be full. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye practise whatever I command you. I call you no longer bondmen, for the bondman does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things which I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To bless God for mercies shown to them

Genesis 24:48

And I stooped, and bowed down before Jehovah; and I blessed Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, who has led me the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son.

Genesis 24:27

and said, Blessed be Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, who has not withdrawn his loving-kindness and his faithfulness from my master; I being in the way, Jehovah has led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be industrious in laboring for them

Nehemiah 4:16

And from that time forth the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held the spears, and the shields, and the bows, and the corslets; and the captains were behind all the house of Judah.

Nehemiah 4:23

And neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard that followed me, none of us put off our garments: every one had his weapon on his right side.

Servants » Slaves or bond » When foreigners to be circumcised

Genesis 17:13

He who is born in thy house, and he who is bought with thy money, must be circumcised; and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

Genesis 17:27

and all the men of his house, born in his house, or bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

Servants » Slaves or bond » By purchase

Genesis 37:36

And the Midianites sold him into Egypt, to Potiphar, a chamberlain of Pharaoh, the captain of the life-guard.

Genesis 17:27

and all the men of his house, born in his house, or bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

Servants » When good » Often exalted

Proverbs 17:2

A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Genesis 41:40

Thou shalt be over my house, and according to thy commandment shall all my people regulate themselves; only concerning the throne will I be greater than thou.

Servants » Who is the servant of sin

John 8:34-35

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Every one that practises sin is the bondman of sin. Now the bondman abides not in the house for ever: the son abides for ever.

Romans 6:15-20

What then? should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Far be the thought. Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves bondmen for obedience, ye are bondmen to him whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But thanks be to God, that ye were bondmen of sin, but have obeyed from the heart the form of teaching into which ye were instructed. read more.
Now, having got your freedom from sin, ye have become bondmen to righteousness. I speak humanly on account of the weakness of your flesh. For even as ye have yielded your members in bondage to uncleanness and to lawlessness unto lawlessness, so now yield your members in bondage to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were bondmen of sin ye were free from righteousness.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Quarrelsomeness

Genesis 26:20

But the shepherds of Gerar strove with Isaac's shepherds, saying, The water is ours. And he called the name of the well Esek, because they had quarrelled with him.

Genesis 13:7

And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Persons unable to pay their debts liable to be sold as

Nehemiah 5:4-5

And there were that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute upon our fields and vineyards; yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and behold, we must bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought into bondage already; neither is it in the power of our hand to redeem them, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Engaged in the most menial offices

John 13:4-5

rises from supper and lays aside his garments, and having taken a linen towel he girded himself: then he pours water into the washhand basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the linen towel with which he was girded.

1 Samuel 25:41

And she arose and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thy handmaid be a bondwoman to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Called bondmen

Genesis 43:18

And the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house, and said, Because of the money that was returned to us in our sacks at the beginning are we brought in, that he may turn against us, and fall upon us and take us for bondmen, and our asses.

Genesis 44:9

With whomsoever of thy servants it is found, let him die; and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

Servants » Divided into » Male

Genesis 32:5

and I have oxen, and asses, sheep, and bondmen, and bondwomen; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thine eyes.

Genesis 24:34

And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

Servants » When good » Bring God's blessing upon their masters

Genesis 30:27

And Laban said to him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes I have discovered that Jehovah has blessed me for thy sake.

Genesis 39:3

And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Servants » When good » Are guided by God

Genesis 24:7

Jehovah the God of the heavens, who took me out of my father's house, and out of the land of my nativity, and who has spoken to me, and who has sworn to me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land he will send his angel before thee, that thou mayest take a wife for my son thence.

Genesis 24:27

and said, Blessed be Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, who has not withdrawn his loving-kindness and his faithfulness from my master; I being in the way, Jehovah has led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Servants » Persons devoted to the service of another so called

1 Kings 19:21

And he returned back from him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate. And he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.

Exodus 24:13

And Moses rose up, and Joshua his attendant; and Moses went up to the mountain of God.

Servants » Good--exemplified

Genesis 35:8

And Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, died; and she was buried beneath Bethel, under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.

Genesis 24:59

And they sent away Rebecca their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

Acts 7:10

and delivered him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he appointed him chief over Egypt and all his house.

Genesis 39:3

And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Lying

2 Kings 5:22

And he said, All is well. My master has sent me saying, Behold, even now there are come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets; give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of raiment.

2 Kings 5:25

And he entered in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To honor them

1 Timothy 6:1

Let as many bondmen as are under yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and the teaching be not blasphemed.

Malachi 1:6

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith Jehovah of hosts unto you, priests, that despise my name. But ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

Servants » Divided into » Female

Genesis 32:5

and I have oxen, and asses, sheep, and bondmen, and bondwomen; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thine eyes.

Genesis 16:6

And Abram said to Sarai, Behold, thy maidservant is in thy hand: do to her what is good in thine eyes. And Sarai oppressed her; and she fled from her face.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be profitable to them

Luke 19:15-16

And it came to pass on his arrival back again, having received the kingdom, that he desired these bondmen to whom he gave the money to be called to him, in order that he might know what every one had gained by trading. And the first came up, saying, My Lord, thy mina has produced ten minas.

Luke 19:18

And the second came, saying, My Lord, thy mina has made five minas.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To obey them

Titus 2:9

bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

Servants » The subjects of a prince or king so called

Exodus 11:8

And all these thy bondmen shall come down unto me, and bow down to me, saying, Go out, thou, and all the people that follow thee; and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a glowing anger.

Exodus 9:20

He that feared the word of Jehovah among the bondmen of Pharaoh made his bondmen and his cattle flee into the houses.

Servants » Hired » Often oppressed and their wages kept back

Malachi 3:5

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the hired servant in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith Jehovah of hosts.

Servants » Hired » Called hirelings

John 10:12-13

but he who serves for wages, and who is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf seizes them and scatters the sheep. Now he who serves for wages flees because he serves for wages, and is not himself concerned about the sheep.

Job 7:1

Hath not man a life of labour upon earth? and are not his days like the days of a hireling?

Servants » Divided into » Hired

Mark 1:20

and straightway he called them; and leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, they went away after him.

Luke 15:17

And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and I perish here by famine.

Servants » Who not to be the servant of

1 Corinthians 7:23-24

Ye have been bought with a price; do not be the bondmen of men. Let each, wherein he is called, brethren, therein abide with God.

Servants » Should be contented in their situation

1 Corinthians 7:20-21

Let each abide in that calling in which he has been called. Hast thou been called being a bondman, let it not concern thee; but and if thou canst become free, use it rather.

Servants » Slaves or bond » To be furnished liberally, when their servitude expired

Deuteronomy 15:13-14

And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty; thou shalt certainly furnish him from thy sheep, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of what Jehovah thy God hath blessed thee with shalt thou give unto him.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Sometimes intermarried with their master's family

1 Chronicles 2:34-35

And Sheshan had no sons, but daughters; and Sheshan had an Egyptian servant, whose name was Jarha; and Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as wife, and she bore him Attai.

Servants » Wise servants

Proverbs 17:2

A wise servant shall rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part in the inheritance among the brethren.

Proverbs 14:35

The king's favour is toward a wise servant; but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Israelites sold to strangers as, might be redeemed by their nearest of kin

Leviticus 25:47-55

And if a stranger or sojourner become wealthy beside thee, and thy brother beside him grow poor, and sell himself unto the stranger, who is settled by thee, or to a scion of the stranger's family, after that he is sold there shall be right of redemption for him; one of his brethren may redeem him. Either his uncle or his uncle's son may redeem him, or one of his next relations of his family may redeem him; or if his means be sufficient, he may redeem himself. read more.
And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubilee; and the price of his sale shall be according to the number of the years, according to the days of a hired servant shall he be with him. If there are yet many years, according unto them shall he return his redemption money out of the money that he was bought for; and if there remain but few years unto the year of jubilee, then he shall reckon with him; according unto his remaining years of service shall he give him back his redemption money. As a hired servant shall he be with him year by year; his master shall not rule with rigour over him before thine eyes. And if he be not redeemed in this manner, then he shall go out in the year of jubilee, he and his children with him. For the children of Israel are servants unto me; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your God.

Servants » When good » Are the lord's freemen

Servants » Hired » Hebrew slaves serving their brethren to be treated as

Leviticus 25:39-40

And if thy brother grow poor beside thee, and be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: as a hired servant, as a sojourner, shall he be with thee; until the year of jubilee shall he serve thee.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Do not bear to be exalted

Proverbs 30:21-22

Under three things the earth is disquieted, and under four it cannot bear up: Under a servant when he reigneth, and a churl when he is filled with meat;

Servants » Slaves or bond » Seeking protection not to be delivered up to masters

Deuteronomy 23:15

Thou shalt not hand over to his master a bondman that hath escaped from his master unto thee:

Servants » Slaves or bond » Sometimes rose to rank and station

Ecclesiastes 10:7

I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

Servants » Slaves or bond » More valuable than hired servants

Deuteronomy 15:18

Let it not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for double the worth of a hired servant hath he been to thee, in serving thee six years; and Jehovah thy God will bless thee in all that thou doest.

Servants » Hired » Not to be oppressed

Deuteronomy 24:14

Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy of thy brethren, or of thy sojourners who are in thy land within thy gates:

Servants » Persons of low condition so called

Ecclesiastes 10:7

I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be prudent in the management of their affairs

Genesis 24:34-49

And he said, I am Abraham's servant. And Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he is become great; and he has given him sheep and cattle, and silver and gold, and bondmen and bondwomen, and camels and asses. And Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master after she had grown old; and unto him has he given all that he has. read more.
And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanite, in whose land I am dwelling; but thou shalt by all means go to my father's house and to my family, and take a wife for my son. And I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me? And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way, that thou mayest take a wife for my son of my family, and out of my father's house. Then shalt thou be quit of my oath, when thou shalt have come to my family. And if they give thee not one, thou shalt be quit of my oath. And I came this day to the well, and said, Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, if now thou wilt prosper my way on which I go, behold, I stand by the well of water, and let it come to pass that the damsel who cometh forth to draw water, and to whom I shall say, Give me, I pray thee, a little water out of thy pitcher to drink, and she shall say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels that she should be the woman whom Jehovah hath appointed for my master's son. Before I ended speaking in my heart, behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder, and went down to the well, and drew water; and I said to her, Give me, I pray thee, to drink. And she hasted and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. And I drank; and she gave the camels drink also. And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her hands. And I stooped, and bowed down before Jehovah; and I blessed Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, who has led me the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son. And now, if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; and I will turn to the right hand or to the left.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be earnest in transacting their business

Genesis 24:54-56

And they ate and drank, he and the men that were with him, and lodged. And they rose up in the morning; and he said, Send me away to my master. And her brother and her mother said, Let the maiden abide with us some days, or say ten; after that she shall go. And he said to them, Do not hinder me, seeing Jehovah has prospered my way: send me away, and I will go to my master.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be kind and attentive to their guests

Genesis 43:23-24

And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; your money came to me. And he brought Simeon out to them. And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses food.

Servants » Good--exemplified » jacob

Genesis 31:36-40

And Jacob was angry, and he disputed with Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my fault, what my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? Whereas thou hast explored all my baggage, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, and let them decide between us both. These twenty years have I been with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock I have not eaten. read more.
What was torn I have not brought to thee; I had to bear the loss of it: of my hand hast thou required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. Thus it was with me: in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from mine eyes.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Laws respecting, often violated

Jeremiah 34:8-16

The word that came unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, after that king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people that were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them: that every man should let his bondman, and every man his bondmaid, the Hebrew and the Hebrewess, go free, that none should exact service of them, that is, of a Jew his brother. And all the princes and all the people that had entered into the covenant obeyed, every man letting his bondman and every man his bondmaid go free, that none should exact service of them any more: they obeyed, and let them go. read more.
But afterwards they turned, and caused the bondmen and the bondmaids whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for bondmen and for bondmaids. And the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Thus saith Jehovah the God of Israel: I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying, At the end of seven years ye shall let go every man his brother, a Hebrew, who hath sold himself unto thee; when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee. But your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear. And you, ye had this day turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: but ye have turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his bondman, and every man his bondmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and ye have brought them into subjection, to be unto you for bondmen and for bondmaids.

Servants » Who is not the servant of Christ

Galatians 1:6-10

I wonder that ye thus quickly change, from him that called you in Christ's grace, to a different gospel, which is not another one; but there are some that trouble you, and desire to pervert the glad tidings of the Christ. But if even we or an angel out of heaven announce as glad tidings to you anything besides what we have announced as glad tidings to you, let him be accursed. read more.
As we have said before, now also again I say, If any one announce to you as glad tidings anything besides what ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now seek to satisfy men or God? or do I seek to please men? If I were yet pleasing men, I were not Christ's bondman.

Servants » The property of masters increased by faithful

Genesis 30:29-30

And he said to him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and what thy cattle has become with me. For it was little that thou hadst before me, and it is increased to a multitude, and Jehovah has blessed thee from the time I came; and now, when shall I also provide for my house?

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Ziba

2 Samuel 16:1-4

And when David was a little past the summit, behold, Ziba, Mephibosheth's servant, met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred raisin-cakes, and a hundred cakes of summer fruits, and a flask of wine. And the king said to Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruits for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink. And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he abides at Jerusalem; for he said, To-day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. read more.
And the king said to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained to Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly bow myself: may I find favour in thy sight, my lord, O king.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Persons belonging to other nations might be purchased as

Leviticus 25:44

And as for thy bondman and thy handmaid whom thou shalt have of the nations that are round about you, of them shall ye buy bondmen and handmaids.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Strangers sojourning in israel might be purchased as

Leviticus 25:45

Moreover of the children of them that dwell as sojourners with you, of them may ye buy, and of their family that is with you, which they beget in your land, and they shall be your possession.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Maimed or injured by masters, to have their freedom

Exodus 21:26-27

And if a man strike the eye of his bondman or the eye of his handmaid, and it be marred, he shall let him go for his eye. And if he knock out his bondman's tooth or his handmaid's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Laws respecting the killing of

Exodus 21:20-21

And if a man strike his bondman or his handmaid with a staff, and he die under his hand, he shall certainly be avenged. Only, if he continue to live a day or two days, he shall not be avenged; for he is his money.

Servants » Should serve » As the servants of Christ

Ephesians 6:5-6

Bondmen, obey masters according to flesh, with fear and trembling, in simplicity of your heart as to the Christ; not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but as bondmen of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul,

Servants » When good » Are the servants of Christ

Servants » When patient under injury are acceptable to God

1 Peter 2:19-20

For this is acceptable, if one, for conscience sake towards God, endure griefs, suffering unjustly. For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted ye shall bear it? but if, doing good and suffering, ye shall bear it, this is acceptable with God.

Servants » Early mention of

Genesis 9:25-26

And he said, Cursed be Canaan; Let him be a bondman of bondmen to his brethren. And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, And let Canaan be his bondman.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Will not submit to correction

Proverbs 29:19

A servant is not corrected by words: he understandeth indeed, but he will not answer.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To sympathize with them

2 Samuel 12:18

And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not hearken to our voice; and how shall we say to him, The child is dead? he may do some harm.

Servants » Good--exemplified » David's servants

2 Samuel 12:18

And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not hearken to our voice; and how shall we say to him, The child is dead? he may do some harm.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Laws respecting marriage with female

Exodus 21:7-11

And if a man shall sell his daughter as a handmaid, she shall not go out as the bondmen go out. If she is unacceptable in the eyes of her master, who had taken her for himself, then shall he let her be ransomed: to sell her unto a foreign people he hath no power, after having dealt unfaithfully with her. And if he have appointed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the law of daughters. read more.
If he take himself another, her food, her clothing, and her conjugal rights he shall not diminish. And if he do not these three things unto her, then shall she go out free without money.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Custom of branding, alluded to

Servants » When good » Often advanced by master

Genesis 39:4-5

And Joseph found favour in his eyes, and attended on him; and he set him over his house, and all that he had he gave into his hand. And it came to pass from the time he had set him over his house and all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

Servants » Hired » To partake of the produce of the land the sabbatical year

Leviticus 25:6

And the sabbath of the land shall be for food for you, for thee, and for thy bondman, and for thy handmaid, and for thy hired servant, and for him that dwelleth as a sojourner with thee, and for thy cattle,

Servants » Hired » Often stood in the market place waiting for employment

Matthew 20:1-3

For the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who went out with the early morn to hire workmen for his vineyard. And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard. And having gone out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle;

Servants » Who shall be servant to the wise of heart

Proverbs 11:29

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit wind; and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Servants » Whose servants are wicked

Proverbs 29:12

If a ruler hearken to lying words, all his servants are wicked.

Servants » Who are the servants of corruption

2 Peter 2:1-19

But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who shall bring in by the bye destructive heresies, and deny the master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction; and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed. And through covetousness, with well-turned words, will they make merchandise of you: for whom judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not. read more.
For if God spared not the angels who had sinned, but having cast them down to the deepest pit of gloom has delivered them to chains of darkness to be kept for judgment; and spared not the old world, but preserved Noe, the eighth, a preacher of righteousness, having brought in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and having reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha to ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, setting them as an example to those that should afterwards live an ungodly life; and saved righteous Lot, distressed with the abandoned conversation of the godless, (for the righteous man through seeing and hearing, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul day after day with their lawless works,) the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of trial, and to keep the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished; and specially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise lordship. Bold are they, self-willed; they do not fear speaking injuriously of dignities: when angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring against them, before the Lord, an injurious charge. But these, as natural animals without reason, made to be caught and destroyed, speaking injuriously in things they are ignorant of, shall also perish in their own corruption, receiving the reward of unrighteousness; accounting ephemeral indulgence pleasure; spots and blemishes, rioting in their own deceits, feasting with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cease not from sin, alluring unestablished souls; having a heart practised in covetousness, children of curse; having left the straight way they have gone astray, having followed in the path of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the reward of unrighteousness; but had reproof of his own wickedness the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the folly of the prophet. These are springs without water, and mists driven by storm, to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved for ever. For while speaking great highflown words of vanity, they allure with the lusts of the flesh, by dissoluteness, those who have just fled those who walk in error, promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by him is he also brought into slavery.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Unmerciful to their fellows

Matthew 18:30

But he would not, but went away and cast him into prison, until he should pay what was owing.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Gluttony, &c

Matthew 24:49

and begin to beat his fellow-bondmen, and eat and drink with the drunken;

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:50

the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of,

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To prefer their business to their own necessary food

Genesis 24:33

And there was set meat before him to eat; but he said, I will not eat until I have made known my business. And he said, Speak on.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To revere them the more, when they are believers

1 Timothy 6:2

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren; but let them the rather serve them with subjection, because they are faithful and beloved, who profit by the good and ready service rendered. These things teach and exhort.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To pray for them

Genesis 24:12

And he said, Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, meet me, I pray thee, with thy blessing this day, and deal kindly with my master Abraham.

Servants » Good--exemplified » Onesimus after his conversion

Philemon 1:11

once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:

Servants » Good--exemplified » Captive maid

2 Kings 5:2-4

And the Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said to her mistress, Oh, would that my lord were before the prophet that is in Samaria! then he would cure him of his leprosy. And he went and told his lord saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Onesimus before his conversion

Philemon 1:11

once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Servants of abimelech

Genesis 21:25

And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water that Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Servants of amon

2 Kings 21:23

And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Jeroboam

1 Kings 11:26

And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zeredah, Solomon's servant (whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman), even he lifted up his hand against the king.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Israelites sold as, refusing their liberty, to have their ears bored to the door

Exodus 21:5-6

But if the bondman shall say distinctly, I love my master, my wife, and my children, I will not go free; then his master shall bring him before the judges, and shall bring him to the door, or to the door-post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall be his bondman for ever.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Could not when set free demand wives or children procured during servitude

Exodus 21:3-4

If he came in alone, he shall go out alone: if he had a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master have given him a wife, and she have borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out alone.

Servants » Should serve » As doing the will of God from the heart

Servants » Should serve » With good will

Servants » When good » Are brethren beloved in the lord

Philemon 1:16

not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord?

Servants » When good » Are blessed by God

Servants » Should be compassionate to their fellows

Matthew 18:33

shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-bondman, as I also had compassion on thee?

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Covetousness

2 Kings 5:20

And Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master has spared Naaman, this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought; but as Jehovah liveth, I will run after him and take somewhat of him.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To be subject to them

Servants » Good--exemplified » Servants of naaman

2 Kings 5:13

And his servants drew near, and spoke to him and said, My father, if the prophet had bidden thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he says to thee, Wash and be clean?

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Servants of shimei

1 Kings 2:39

And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two servants of Shimei's ran away to Achish son of Maachah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei saying, Behold, thy servants are in Gath.

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Gehazi

2 Kings 5:20

And Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master has spared Naaman, this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought; but as Jehovah liveth, I will run after him and take somewhat of him.

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Zimri

1 Kings 16:9

And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him; and he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was the steward of his house in Tirzah;

Servants » Slaves or bond » Masters to be recompensed for injury done to

Exodus 21:32

If the ox gore a bondman or a handmaid, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Servants » Slaves or bond » To be allowed to rest on the sabbath

Exodus 20:10

but the seventh day is the sabbath of Jehovah thy God: thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy bondman, nor thy handmaid, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

Servants » Should serve » For conscience towards God

1 Peter 2:19

For this is acceptable, if one, for conscience sake towards God, endure griefs, suffering unjustly.

Servants » When good » Are mourned over after death

Genesis 35:8

And Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, died; and she was buried beneath Bethel, under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.

Servants » When good » Are protected by God

Servants » When good » Are prospered by God

Genesis 39:3

And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Servants » Hired » Engaged by the day

Matthew 20:2

And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Servants » Should follow Christ's example

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To attend to their call

Psalm 123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are directed to Jehovah our God, until he be gracious unto us.

Servants » Good--exemplified » Servants of centurion

Matthew 8:9

For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my bondman, Do this, and he does it.

Servants » Slaves or bond » Thieves unable to make restitution were sold as

Exodus 22:3

If the sun be risen on him, there shall be blood-guiltiness for him; he should have made full restitution: if he had nothing, he would have been sold for his theft.

Servants » Characteristics of wicked servants: » Stealing

Titus 2:10

not robbing their masters, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the teaching which is of our Saviour God in all things.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » Not to defraud them

Titus 2:10

not robbing their masters, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the teaching which is of our Saviour God in all things.

Servants » When good » Adorn the doctrine of God their saviour in all things

Titus 2:10

not robbing their masters, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the teaching which is of our Saviour God in all things.

Servants » Hired » Often will fed and taken care of

Luke 15:17

And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and I perish here by famine.

Servants » Are inferior to their masters

Luke 22:27

For which is greater, he that is at table or he that serves? Is not he that is at table? But I am in the midst of you as the one that serves.

Servants » Duties of, to masters » To please them well in all things

Titus 2:9

bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

Servants » Duties of, to masters » Not to answer them rudely

Titus 2:9

bondmen to be subject to their own masters, to make themselves acceptable in everything; not gainsaying;

Servants » Good--exemplified » Servants of cornelius

Acts 10:7

And when the angel who was speaking to him had departed, having called two of his household and a pious soldier of those who were constantly with him,

Servants » Bad--exemplified » Job's servants

Job 19:16

I called my servant, and he answered not; I entreated him with my mouth.

Servants » Hired » To be esteemed worthy of their hire

Servants » Good--exemplified » Servants of boaz

Ruth 2:4

And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem; and he said to the reapers, Jehovah be with you! And they said to him, Jehovah bless thee!

Servants » Hired » Anxiety of, for the end of their daily toil, alluded to

Job 7:2

As a bondman earnestly desireth the shadow, and a hireling expecteth his wages,

Topics on Servants

Angels as God's servants

19;103;20

Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, mighty in strength, that execute his word, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Duties Of Christian Servants

40;10;7

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.

Fire From God's Servants

1;3;24

And he drove out Man; and he set the Cherubim, and the flame of the flashing sword, toward the east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Masters Duties Towards Servants

51;4;1

Masters, give to bondmen what is just and fair, knowing that ye also have a Master in the heavens.

Servants Of People

19;123;2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are directed to Jehovah our God, until he be gracious unto us.

Servants Of The Lord

55;2;24

And a bondman of the Lord ought not to contend, but be gentle towards all; apt to teach; forbearing;

Servants, Bad

53;3;11

For we hear that there are some walking among you disorderly, not working at all, but busybodies.

Servants, Good

11;11;28

and the man Jeroboam was strong and valiant; and Solomon saw the young man that he was industrious, and he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

Servants, Working Conditions Of

49;6;9

And, masters, do the same things towards them, giving up threatening, knowing that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no acceptance of persons with him.