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1. A person obligated to serve without wages.
2. A slave or serf.

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(Historical Terms) a serf or slave
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15000/530 discovered in Miran, also records that in a Pig or Sheep year, (42) Minister (blon) Stag sgra, Prefect Minister (blon) Stag stag rtsan, two other ministers (blon), and a number of other individuals without official titles investigated a plaint between a venerable (ban de) ordained Buddhist and a layperson concerning the sale of a male bondservant. (43) The prefect's participation in judicial trials was also affirmed in another Tibetan bamboo slip discovered from Miran, which records that two prefects verified facts presented in the trial of a legal dispute.
The question arises concretely: Can the state in Europe afford to be anything but a bondservant to the actors of free trade and global commerce?
When the prince takes onto himself the dishonor and social ostracism of an executioner, he imitates Christ, who left his heavenly kingdom in order to take on the dishonorable form of a bondservant and sacrifice himself for his people.
Though a bondservant, he clearly enjoyed a higher status.
The U2 bassist objected to the claim he used Carol Hawkins as "an indentured bondservant" - an 18th century description for a worker in their master's keep.
In The Bondservant's Life, Chandler shares his understanding of what it truly means to follow the word of Christ, pledging loyalty to Him as one of His eternally faithful bondservants.
Philippians 2 tells us that He: "Made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
The application of the word would thus be analogous to that which has rendered the name of a Slav, captured and made a bondservant, the word for such a bondservant in many European tongues.
This was an incident in which the Wheelers' bondservant, Jane Johnson, escaped while passing through Philadelphia with Wheeler.
The same apostle who writes, "For freedom Christ has set us free," repeatedly describes himself as Christ's bondservant. In his epistle to the Corinthians, he paradoxically writes, "he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave" (1 Cor 7:22).