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Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Servant'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".
sur'-vant ('ebhedh; doulos):
A very common word with a variety of meanings, all implying a greater or less degree of inferiority and want of freedom:
(1) The most frequent usage is as the equivalent of "slave" (which see), with its various shades in position (Genesis 9:25; 24:9; Exodus 21:5; Matthew 10:24; Luke 17:7, and often); but also a hired workman where "hired servant" translates Hebrew and Greek expressions which differ from the above.
(2) An attendant in the service of someone, as Joshua was the "servant" the Revised Version (British and American) "minister" of Moses (Numbers 11:28).
(3) As a 'term of respectful self-depreciation referring to one's self, "thy servant." or "your servant" is used in place of the personal pronoun of the first person:
(5) The position of a king in relation to his people (1 Kings 12:7).
William Joseph Mcglothlin
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