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Exodus 1:13 uses a word sharing the ayin-vet-yod (e-v-d) root "So the Egyptians enslaved the children of Israel with back breaking labor." The phrase "back breaking labor" seems to point not to a simple worker or servant and the details in verse 14 flesh out that enslavement. Chapter 2 verse 27 shows that the "work" (from the same root) was oppressive (as ...


Eliezer was an 'eved' of Avraham. An 'eved' goes out after six years. We don't seem to differentiate in terminology. But when the request to leave is denied, we can easily translate his into modern English as slave. What was his point?

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