the facts will deny.
But whatever might be their original meaning, they are to be understood, as Bible terms, in the sense of the original Hebrew
, which they are employed to express.
Now, nothing is more certain than this, that the Hebrew Bible
(and the same is true of the English
translation) speaks of servants, hired
servants, and bond
The term servant is the generic form, and evidently means, a person who is controlled by the will of another: hired
servant is one who serves in that way by contract for a definite period; whilst bond
servant is one who has either contracted to do so through his whole life, or who, by the usages of war, or by inheritance, or by purchase from another, was so bound to service--(such as Paul
calls a “servant under the yoke.”
. VI. 1.) These different relations are distinctly marked by the use of these terms in the Bible
, and especially the meaning of bond servant, in distinction from a hired servant: “If thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a
bond servant, but as a
hired servant, and as a sojourner, shall he be
Lev. XXV. 39, 40.
Thus we find that the Jewish constitution provided to protect the right of property in servants or slaves in the generic sense: that is, whether in the one form or the other; and that He who gave