The brilliancy of the phrase “for he is his money” in Exodus 21 v 21

King James Bible
Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.

The Islam apologists always interpret this verse as if it means that the slave, or more properly the servant, has died as a result of the brutal attack at the hands of his master.

This would mean that the slavemaster can beat his slave with impunity. However this cannot be the case because a dead slave would break the truth of this relationship of mutual dependency. A dead slave cannot be the money of his master because he cannot work for him. The statement ceases to apply if the servant has died from the violent attack of his master. For the statement “for he is his money” to be true both servant and master must be alive. It doesn’t matter which way round we take this statement; whether the servant is referred to by the word “he” or the master. Either way round the statement is true. The islamic apologists are fighting a losing battle on this one.

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