Biblical Defenses of Slavery

Pro-Slavery Bible Verses

Bible verses defending slavery
Biblical defenses of slavery

Titus 2:9-10

“Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything;
they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering,
but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may
adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”

Colossians 3:22

“Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly
masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers,
but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.”

1 Timothy 6:1

“Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as
worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching
may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not
be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they
must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good
service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things.”

Leviticus 25:46

“Ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to
inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever”

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.”

Deuteronomy 20:10-14 

“When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it.
And if its answer to you is peace and it opens to you, then all the people
who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you.”

Matthew 10:24

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.”

Leviticus 25:44

“As for your male and female slaves whom you may
have: you may buy male and female slaves from
among the nations that are around you.”

Proverbs 12:24

“The hand of the diligent will rule, while
the slothful will be put to forced labor.”

Leviticus 25:45

“As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you
may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that
are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers
who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who
have been born in your land, and they may be your property.
You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit
as a possession forever.”

1 Peter 2:18

“Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect,
not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.”

Matthew 20:26-28

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become
great among you must be your servant, and whoever
wants to be first must be your slave.”

Ephesians 6:5

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and
trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ.”

Proverbs 22:7

“The rich will rule over the poor, and
servants will lend to their own masters.”

1 Corinthians 7:20-21

“Each person should remain in the situation they were
in when God called them. Were you a slave when you
were called? Don’t let it trouble you”

Jesus invoking slavery in a parable

Matthew 18 Verses: 23-35

“As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. Since he was not able to pay, the master
ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his
knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on
him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed
him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His
fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me and I will pay it back.’ But he refused. Instead, he
went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened,
they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant
in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had
mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured,
until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your
brother or sister from your heart.”

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