43 Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

Other Translations of Leviticus 25:43

New International Version

43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.

English Standard Version

43 You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God.

The Message

43 Don't tyrannize them; fear your God.

New King James Version

43 You shall not rule over him with rigor, but you shall fear your God.

New Living Translation

43 Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus 25:43

Commentary on Leviticus 25:39-55

(Read Leviticus 25:39-55)

A native Israelite, if sold for debt, or for a crime, was to serve but six years, and to go out the seventh. If he sold himself, through poverty, both his work and his usage must be such as were fitting for a son of Abraham. Masters are required to give to their servants that which is just and equal, John 8:32. We cannot ransom our fellow-sinners, but we may point out Christ to them; while by his grace our lives may adorn his gospel, express our love, show our gratitude, and glorify his holy name.