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Pro-slavery Bible: Chapter I

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1. "He that stealeth a man," except "he has African blood in him, "and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand," except the laws forbid emancipation he shall surely be put to death.'' 2. "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me," except when slaveholders enact, that a slave "owes to his master and to all his family a respect without bounds and an absolute obedience." See Law of Louisana. 3. "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him," unless he is a slaveholder. 4. "Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked," except some ecclesiastical body advise you "wholly to refrain." 5. "The Lord executeth righteousness and judgement for all that are oppressed,"except slaves and colored people. 6. "He that despiseth his neighbor," except he has a colored skin, sinneth." 7. "Rob not the poor," except they are t black, "because he is poor - for the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them," except they are slaveholders. 8. "Open thy mouth for the dumb," except they are slaves, "plead the cause of the poor and needy," only don't desecrate the holy Sabbath, by doing so on that day. 9. "So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun," except in the slaveholding states. 10. "Relieve the oppressed," except they are slaves. 11. ' For they shall cry unto the Lord, because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a Saviour, and he shall deliver them," if the slaveholder will let him. 12. "He that despiseth the gain of oppression," is a great fanatic. 13. "Cry aloud," [not against slaveholding,] "spare not" [the abolitionist;] "lift up thy voices like a trumpet, and show my people," [except they are members of our church] "their transgressions and their sins," except they are slaveholders. 14. "Is not this the fast I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness?" when the laws of the State will let you, "to undo the heavy burdens," if slaveholders don't oppose it; "and let the oppressed go free," except they are slaves, "and that ye break every yoke," except it is inexpedient. 15. "Thus saith the Lord, execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor," except he is a slaveholder. 16 "Wo unto him that useth his neighbor's service without wages" unless he first make a slave of him. 17 "Search the scriptures," if slaveholders will let you: not without. 18. "What God has joined let no man put usunder," except slaveholders; they may part husbands and wives at pleasure. 19. "Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the gentiles, exercise lordship over them, and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so it shall not be among you," except you are owners of slaves, or slave drivers. 20. "Ye devour widow's houses; there fore yo shall receive greater damnation," except ye are slaveholders. 21. "Let every man have his own wife," except he is a slave, "and every woman her own husband,' except she is a slave. 22. "Wives submit to your husbands," except you are slaves; in that case you must submit to any white man,or you may receive thirty lashes on the bare back well laid on: or if you 'shall assault and strike such white person,' you 'may be lawfully killed.* 23. '-Keep thyself pure," except you are a slave, and white men choose to defile you. 24. "Parents bring up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," except they are slaves; then bring them up for the market. 25. "Children obey your parents, unless slaveholders forbid it. 26. "Preach the Gospel to every creature," if slaveholders will let you. 27. "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty," except where the slaveholders choose not to have any. 28. "He that will not work neither shall he eat,' unless he is a slaveholder. 29. "Honor all men," except colored people and abolitionists. 30. "Render to all men their dues," except slaves. 31 "Masters give unto your servants that which is just and equal," except they are slaves. 32. "Forbearing threating," except you are slaveholders, or slave drivers, then you could not keep up your "domestic institutions" without. 33. "The law is made for men-stealers" and nol for those who inherit stolen men, and baby stealers: for then it would condemn "Dr. Capers, Dr. Pierce, and Dr. Olion," and all those "Patriarchal slaveolders," who enslave the babies born on their plantations. 34. "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh is it were fire. Behold the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabboath ." Such is the practical reading of the bible by pro-slavery men. Thus do they derive comfort and encouragement in approving or apologizing for a system iniquity. With all the foregoing texts before their eyes, (says a satirical writer,) how can any person be so fanatical, and stupid, as not to see that the bible is a pro slavery book! *See Laws of Kentucky, S. Carolina and Georgia. Bp. H. affirmed at the E. Conference that Drs. Pierce and Olion, were slaveholders.