In the Bible, normally something done by slaves, tasks performed by lesser persons for those who controlled their existence. With regard to God, service looked to Temple worship and its rituals (Exod 31:10; Exod 35:19; 1Esd 6:18; Luke 1:23); with regard to humans, it pertained to forms of bondage (Gen 30:26; Exod 1:14). For Paul, the service a person owed God is now to be displayed in Christian service to neighbor, which is service to Christ (Rom 12:1-2; Rom 14:17-18; Gal 5:13; 1Cor 9:19; 2Cor 4:5).

Exod 31:10

10and the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests,

Exod 35:19

19the finely worked vestments for ministering in the holy place, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron, and the vestments of his sons, for their service as pr ... View more

1Esd 6:18

18And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the house in Jerusalem and stored in his own temple, these King Cyrus took o ... View more

Luke 1:23

23When his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

Gen 30:26

26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.”

Exod 1:14

14and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on t ... View more

Rom 12:1-2

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1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptabl ... View more

Rom 14:17-18

17For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.18The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and ... View more

Gal 5:13

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to on ... View more

1Cor 9:19

19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.

2Cor 4:5

5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.

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