A servant who is paid wages (Job 7:2; Mal 3:5; Luke 15:17). The law protected their rights (Deut 24:14-15), and terms of service might be specified (Isa 16:14; Job 7:1). (John 10:12-13) contrasts the cowardice of a hired shepherd with the owner’s concern for the sheep. The word is also used of hired fishermen (Mark 1:20).

Job 7:2

2Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like laborers who look for their wages,

Mal 3:5

5Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, agai ... View more

Luke 15:17

17But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!

Deut 24:14-15

14You shall not withhold the wages of poor and needy laborers, whether other Israelites or aliens who reside in your land in one of your towns.15You shall pay t ... View more

Isa 16:14

14But now the Lord says, In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all its great multitude; ... View more

Job 7:1

Job: My Suffering Is without End
1“Do not human beings have a hard service on earth,
and are not their days like the days of a laborer?

John 10:12-13

12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and sca ... View more

Mark 1:20

20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

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