The Bible DOES Condemn Slavery

What do you mean, the Bible doesn’t condemn slavery?

Isn’t it clear…a death penalty IS condemnation? Exodus 21 :12&16

What do you mean the Bible condones slavery? 

Condone is allow and accept…

Allowing indentured servitude and even forced servitude has it’s reasons.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

The title of the book is covenant, old and new. It is God’s proposal to get into partnership with Him…freedom from eternal bondage, freedom from eternal slavery. Sin is that permanent slave master forced onto all people. God’s perspective is save mankind at all cost.

The Bible does NOT condone slavery of any kind. Condone is allow and accept.

It is not acceptable to own and sell slaves. Exodus 21:16 is a death penalty for all slave traders even just holding kidnapped people against their will. What more condemnation do you want?

Exodus 21:16 – And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

But there was mostly indentured servitude in the Bible’s ancient times…because that’s how debts were paid off, how investments were made into apprenticeships, and how the poor acquired land and a way of life. The rich made investment…the poor made a life. And 90% of scripture talking about slavery in the Bible is about indentured servitude.

Forced servitude was allowed, but not like most think when they criticize the Bible. God’s perspective again…is to save all people. It’s by covenant, and is far more important than this life but the one following, eternal life.

A slave in covenant with God was in it as an indentured servant, freed on the seventh year just as the Hebrew. The Hebrew was…in covenant with God. It’s the same thing. It’s the covenant that does this.

You can read about this in Deuteronomy ch 29 :10-15

10 Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,

11 Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:

12That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day

13That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob

14Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath

15But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day:

You can read the blessings each were legally theirs in Deuteronomy 28. The entire book is this proposal by God to get in with Him. It’s unforced and all choice.

Exodus 21:20 & 12 shows the death penalty for any employer that murders an employee. The indentured servant was employee. The rare incident of forced slavery fell under the same law.

20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished


With what punishment? With death.

12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.



If God is interested in covenant with ALL people, and this is eternal freedom from slavery to sin and death…

What do you think Deuteronomy 29 is referring to?

Isn’t it FOR the stranger and foreigner, the slave?

Christ makes us free from sin. It’s the very same way the Old Testament saints became free…by entering into covenant with God.

Is this good enough reason to allow slavery?

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