“If I have rejected the cause
Of my male or female slaves,
When they brought a complaint against me,
What then shall I do when God rises up?
When he makes inquiry?
What shall I answer him?
Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
Did not one fashion us in the womb?”
In an odd sort of way, Job maintained that he was respectful to his male and female slaves. There never was a question of the right or wrong of slavery itself. This is about the idea, that slave or free persons, they were all God’s children. One should be a benevolent slave owner. Even in the height of American segregation in the USA in the 1960s, people like George Wallace always maintained that the Negro was a child of God, just a different kind of child. Did Job listen to his slave complaints? He said that God could look into it and find that he tried his best. He treated them like fellow humans who came from the womb like himself.