Does the Bible condone slavery?

We cannot even begin to think so.

Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

— Genesis 14:4.

Only twelve years they served, as recorded in the Scripture, but the chosen ones of Abraham and his house were still in spiritual bondage to Sodom many, many years later when they circumcised themselves to an everlasting covenant of servitude. And what if Abraham brought a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek, and Melchizedek was the priest of the Most High God?

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.

— Exodus 12:41.

The bondage of Egypt was said to have been even harder and more severe than that of Sodom, because the Egyptians brought friends into bondage whereas the Sodomites made no secret of their hostility and cruelty to strangers.

And the Levitical priesthood, which arose after the order of Aaron to enforce the old covenant, was revoked, and that covenant annulled, since they had to go to prison in Babylon because of how they treated the little ones [Psalm 137].

So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their transgression. … And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

— I Chronicles 9:1, II Chronicles 36:19–21.

And if the reign of Persia brought an end to the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, now we have to ask if modern-day Israel would rather be humiliated than liberated from the Palestinians by Iran.

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