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Slavery and the Bible The first mention of slavery in the Bible is found in Noahs declaration Cursed be Canaan The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers Gen 925 He said this after waking up from a naked drunken stupor and learning that his son Ham had mocked him Although Ham was the guilty party Noahs statement was directed at Hams youngest son Canaan If he was involved with his father in this act of disrespect the statement can be taken as the pronouncement of a curse Cursed be Canaan It is possible however that Canaan did not join his father in making fun of Noah If so the statement would be in the form of a prophecy Cursed will be Canaan Exodus 205 and Ezekiel 184 clearly declare that God punishes the children for the sins of their parents only when they choose to continue the wicked ways of their parents So this is the preferred translation if Canaan was not personally involved In either case God gave Noah a prophetic knowledge of the future The Canaanit es developed an advanced society but became involved in despicable moral and spiritual practices including ritual prostitution sexual orgies and child sacrifice That is why God warned the Israelites against any association with Canaans citizens Lev 1824-30 Because He knew that the danger of spiritual contamination for His people was so great He commanded the execution of all the Canaanites who resisted their advance and the complete destruction of every trace of their religion Dt 71-6 It was the failure of the Israelites to follow Gods directions that brought about the fulfillment of Noahs prophecy Their negligence to consult God led to their being tricked into making slaves of the Gibeonites instead of driving them out of the land or killing them Josh 9 Later they did the same with another group of Canaanites 1610 About 500 years after the death of Abraham
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