New International Version
Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.
King James Bible
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.
Darby Bible Translation
For they are my bondmen, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as [men] sell bondmen.
World English Bible
For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt. They shall not be sold as slaves.
Young's Literal Translation
For they are My servants, whom I have brought out from the land of Egypt: they are not sold with the sale of a servant;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For they are my servants - As God redeemed every Israelite out of Egyptian bondage, they were therefore to consider themselves as his property, and that consequently they should not alienate themselves from him. It was in being his servants, and devoted to his work, that both their religious and political service consisted. And although their political liberty might be lost, they knew that their spiritual liberty never could be forfeited except by an utter alienation from God. God therefore claims the same right to their persons which he does to their lands; See the note on Leviticus 25:23.
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as bondsmen [heb] with the sale of a bondman
LibrarySojourners with God
'The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.' --LEV. xxv. 23. The singular institution of the Jubilee year had more than one purpose. As a social and economical arrangement it tended to prevent the extremes of wealth and poverty. Every fiftieth year the land was to revert to its original owners, the lineal descendants of those who had 'come in with the conqueror,' Joshua. Debts were to be remitted, slaves emancipated, and so the mountains …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Boniface viii Ad 1294-1303.
Then they and their children are to be released, and they will go back to their own clans and to the property of their ancestors.
Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.
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