'Servants' in the Bible
And he and his servants deployed against them by night, attacked them, and pursued them as far as Hobah to the north of Damascus.
I will take nothing except what the servants have eaten. But as for the share of the men who came with me—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre—they can take their share.”
Early in the morning Abimelech got up, called all his servants together, and personally told them all these things, and the men were terrified.
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the water well that Abimelech’s servants had seized.
But Isaac answered Esau: “Look, I have made him a master over you, have given him all of his relatives as his servants, and have sustained him with grain and new wine. What then can I do for you, my son?”
Now one day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants were there.
she called the household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “my husband brought a Hebrew man to make fools of us. He came to me so he could sleep with me, and I screamed as loud as I could.
On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he gave a feast for all his servants. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.
Pharaoh had been angry with his servants, and he put me and the chief baker in the custody of the captain of the guard.
The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone like this, a man who has God’s spirit in him?”
He had Joseph ride in his second chariot, and servants called out before him, “Abrek!” So he placed him over all the land of Egypt.
“No, my lord. Your servants have come to buy food,” they said.
“We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies.”
But they replied, “We, your servants, were 12 brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no longer living.”
They said to him, “Why does my lord say these things? Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.
“What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “How can we plead? How can we justify ourselves? God has exposed your servants’ iniquity. We are now my lord’s slaves—both we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.”
My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’
Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him to me so that I can see him.’
Then you said to your servants, ‘If your younger brother does not come down with you, you will not see me again.’
when he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die. Then your servants will have brought the gray hairs of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.
When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace, “Joseph’s brothers have come,” Pharaoh and his servants were pleased.
you are to say, ‘Your servants, both we and our fathers, have raised livestock from our youth until now.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen, since all shepherds are abhorrent to Egyptians.”
Then Pharaoh asked his brothers, “What is your occupation?”And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants, both we and our fathers, are shepherds.”
Then they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to live in the land for a while because there is no grazing land for your servants’ sheep, since the famine in the land of Canaan has been severe. So now, please let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.”
He commanded his servants who were physicians to embalm his father. So they embalmed Israel.
Then Joseph went to bury his father, and all Pharaoh’s servants, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt went with him,
‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when their message came to him.
So the Israelite foremen went in and cried for help to Pharaoh: “Why are you treating your servants this way?
No straw has been given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ Look, your servants are being beaten, but it is your own people who are at fault.”
Those among Pharaoh’s officials who feared the word of the Lord made their servants and livestock flee to shelters,
but those who didn’t take the Lord’s word seriously left their servants and livestock in the field.
Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel—You swore to them by Your very self and declared, ‘I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and will give your offspring all this land that I have promised, and they will inherit it forever.’”
But Balaam responded to the servants of Balak, “If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the command of the Lord my God to do anything small or great.
But God was incensed that Balaam was going, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand on the path to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
and told him, “Your servants have taken a census of the fighting men under our command, and not one of us is missing.
which the Lord struck down before the community of Israel, is good land for livestock, and your servants own livestock.”
They said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Don’t make us cross the Jordan.”
The Gadites and Reubenites answered Moses, “Your servants will do just as my lord commands.
but your servants are equipped for war before the Lord and will go across to the battle as my lord orders.”
The Gadites and Reubenites replied, “What the Lord has spoken to your servants is what we will do.
Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Disregard this people’s stubbornness, and their wickedness and sin.
The Lord will indeed vindicate His peopleand have compassion on His servantswhen He sees that their strength is goneand no one is left—slave or free.
Rejoice, you nations, concerning His people,for He will avenge the blood of His servants.He will take vengeance on His adversaries;He will purify His land and His people.
They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.”Then Joshua asked them, “Who are you and where do you come from?”
They replied to him, “Your servants have come from a far away land because of the reputation of the Lord your God. For we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt,
So our elders and all the inhabitants of our land told us, ‘Take provisions with you for the journey; go and meet them and say, “We are your servants. Please make a treaty with us.”’
The Gibeonites answered him, “It was clearly communicated to your servants that the Lord your God had commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land before you. We greatly feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this.
Then the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Don’t abandon your servants. Come quickly and save us! Help us, for all the Amorite kings living in the hill country have joined forces against us.”
Ehud was gone when Eglon’s servants came in. They looked and found the doors of the upstairs room locked and thought he was relieving himself in the cool room.
The servants waited until they became worried and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors—and there was their lord lying dead on the floor!
Ehud escaped while the servants waited. He crossed over the Jordan near the carved images and reached Seirah.
So Gideon took 10 of his male servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his father’s household and the men of the city to do it in the daytime, he did it at night.
“My lord,” she said, “you have been so kind to me, for you have comforted and encouraged your slave, although I am not like one of your female servants.”
So the servants’ sin was very severe in the presence of the Lord, because they treated the Lord’s offering with contempt.
He can take your best fields, vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his servants.
He can take a tenth of your grain and your vineyards and give them to his officials and servants.
He can take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys and use them for his work.
He can take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves can become his servants.
They pleaded with Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so we won’t die! For we have added to all our sins the evil of requesting a king for ourselves.”
so Saul’s servants said to him, “You see that an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.
Let our lord command your servants here in your presence to look for someone who knows how to play the lyre. Whenever the evil spirit from God troubles you, that person can play the lyre, and you will feel better.”
Then Saul commanded his servants, “Find me someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
He stood and shouted to the Israelite battle formations: “Why do you come out to line up in battle formation?” He asked them, “Am I not a Philistine and are you not servants of Saul? Choose one of your men and have him come down against me.
If he wins in a fight against me and kills me, we will be your servants. But if I win against him and kill him, then you will be our servants and serve us.”
David marched out with the army and was successful in everything Saul sent him to do. Saul put him in command of the soldiers, which pleased all the people and Saul’s servants as well.
Saul then ordered his servants, “Speak to David in private and tell him, ‘Look, the king is pleased with you, and all his servants love you. Therefore, you should become the king’s son-in-law.’”
Saul’s servants reported these words directly to David, but he replied, “Is it trivial in your sight to become the king’s son-in-law? I am a poor man who is common.”
The servants reported back to Saul, “These are the words David spoke.”
When the servants reported these terms to David, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. Before the wedding day arrived,
Saul ordered his son Jonathan and all his servants to kill David. But Saul’s son Jonathan liked David very much,
One of Saul’s servants, detained before the Lord, was there that day. His name was Doeg the Edomite, chief of Saul’s shepherds.
But Achish’s servants said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Don’t they sing about him during their dances:Saul has killed his thousands,but David his tens of thousands?”
“Look! You can see the man is crazy,” Achish said to his servants. “Why did you bring him to me?
Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. At that time Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under the tamarisk tree at the high place. His spear was in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him.
Saul said to his servants, “Listen, men of Benjamin: Is Jesse’s son going to give all of you fields and vineyards? Do you think he’ll make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?
Then Doeg the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul’s servants, answered: “I saw Jesse’s son come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.
Ahimelech replied to the king: “Who among all your servants is as faithful as David? He is the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard, and honored in your house.
Then the king ordered the guards standing by him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord because they sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they didn’t tell me.” But the king’s servants would not lift a hand to execute the priests of the Lord.
Ask your young men, and they will tell you. So let my young men find favor with you, for we have come on a feast day. Please give whatever you can afford to your servants and to your son David.’”
Then she said to her male servants, “Go ahead of me. I will be right behind you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
When David’s servants came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David sent us to bring you to him as a wife.”
She stood up, then bowed her face to the ground and said, “Here I am, your servant, to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”
Then Abigail got up quickly, and with her five female servants accompanying her, rode on the donkey following David’s messengers. And so she became his wife.
Saul then said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I can go and consult her.”His servants replied, “There is a woman at En-dor who is a medium.”
He refused, saying, “I won’t eat,” but when his servants and the woman urged him, he listened to them. He got up off the ground and sat on the bed.
She served it to Saul and his servants, and they ate. Afterward, they got up and left that night.
So get up early in the morning, you and your masters’ servants who came with you. When you’ve all gotten up early, go as soon as it’s light.”
Then David summoned one of his servants and said, “Come here and kill him!” The servant struck him, and he died.
You, your sons, and your servants are to work the ground for him, and you are to bring in the crops so your master’s grandson will have food to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, is always to eat at my table.” Now Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants.
Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. All those living in Ziba’s house were Mephibosheth’s servants.
But Uriah slept at the door of the palace with all his master’s servants; he did not go down to his house.
Then David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him, and David got him drunk. He went out in the evening to lie down on his cot with his master’s servants, but he did not go home.
On the seventh day the baby died. But David’s servants were afraid to tell him the baby was dead. They said, “Look, while the baby was alive, we spoke to him, and he wouldn’t listen to us. So how can we tell him the baby is dead? He may do something desperate.”
When David saw that his servants were whispering to each other, he guessed that the baby was dead. So he asked his servants, “Is the baby dead?”“He is dead,” they replied.
His servants asked him, “What did you just do? While the baby was alive, you fasted and wept, but when he died, you got up and ate food.”
Then he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please come with your servant?”
In response the king stood up, tore his clothes, and lay down on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.
Just as he finished speaking, the king’s sons entered and wept loudly. Then the king and all his servants also wept bitterly.
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