Do not be hard on a servant who is poor and in need, if he is one of your countrymen or a man from another nation living with you in your land. (Deuteronomy, 21:14)




If one of your countrymen, a Hebrew man or woman, becomes your servant for a price and does work for you six years, in the seventh year let him go free. And when you make him free, do not let him go away with nothing in his hands: But give him freely from your flock and from your grain and your wine: in the measure of the wealth which the Lord your God has given you, you are to give to him. And keep in mind that you yourself were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God made you free: so I give you this order today. (Deuteronomy, 15:12-15)