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It is a false equivalence to say encouraging = allowing. As it says in the verse you posted, a slave owner was allowed to beat their slave as long as it didn't kill them, and if it DID kill them, the slave owner would be punished. Some translations say "avenged. Ephesians 6:5,9 ESV Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a ...


Jesus' explanation of why divorce was part of the law would seem to fit in this context as well (Matthew 19:7-9, NIV): "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?" Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from ...

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