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COLLECTION OF PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE,
WHICH SHOW THE
SIN OF HOLDING AND TREATING THE HUMAN
SPECIES AS PROPERTY.
How canst thou say, I am not polluted? See thy way in the valley; know
PUBLISHED BY ISAAC KNAPP,
46, Washington Street.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by
PRESS OF D. K. HITCHCOCK, 9 Cornhill.
Ir Slavery is ever abolished from the world, it will be done by the influence of the Christian Religion. Men never will abandon slave-holding, till they feel it to be a sin against God; and the reason why all who are now concerned in the support of this system, do not feel and act under this conviction is, because they have not examined it in the light of God's word.
It is a solemn fact, that there is scarcely any one sin described in the inspired writings, in all its parts, features, and consequences, so clearly and explicitly, as is the sin of holding and treating the human species as property; and scarcely any other sin has been so frequently denounced in the Bible, with the fearful maledictions of Heaven. Let the reader examine the few passages quoted in the following pages, with a prayerful and unprejudiced mind, and let him ask himself, while doing this, what we may suppose God's design was, in dictating so much which we find in the Scriptures against oppression in all its forms, against man-stealing, against defrauding the poor of his right, and against keeping back the hire which is due to those who reap down our fields? Why has he, in so many instances, enjoined it upon man to show pity towards those of his species who are in distress, and to extend relief to all who are in trouble and unable to help themselves? Such passages, it will be perceived, make up no inconsiderable portion of the preceptive part of the Bible; and must these all be thrown away? Is there no sin committed by any of the human family now, against which they were designed to bear? Are not these passages of Holy Scripture now "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness?
In a word, who does not see, that if no part of the Scrip