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Hireling
Employee • Employees • Hired Hand, Servant, Worker • Hired Man • Hired Servant • Personnel
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hireling
Hireling[Heb śāḵîr] (Job 7:1f.; 14:6; Isa. 16:14; 21:16; Mal. 3:5); NEB HIRED LABOURER, SERVANT (Job 7:2); [Gk. misthōtós] (Jn. 10:12f.).The Hebrew substantive śāḵîr, “hireling” or “hired man,” is derived from the verb śāḵar, “to hire for payment,” and thus denotes the “wage earner” or
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hired Hand, Servant, Worker
hired hand, servant, worker, a free person who worked for a wage (Heb. sakir; Gk. misthōtos). Some hired workers might have been day laborers (cf. Matt. 20:1–16), but there seems to have been a class of hired servants whose terms were at least a year or more in length (Lev. 25:53). The law protected
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hireling
HIRELING. The word occurs six times in the OT and always means a laborer who receives pay. Job 7:1–2 deals with the hireling’s anxiety for the day’s end; Isa 16:14; 21:16 refer to the hireling’s tenure; Mal 3:5 warns against the mistreatment of the hireling in reference to his wages; Jer 46:21 refers
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hire, Hireling
HIRE, HIRELING. The two main classes of *wage-earner in Israel were the foreign mercenary and the agricultural labourer, typifying respectively dereliction of duty (Je. 46:21) and stinting service (Jb. 7:1f.) under exploitation (Mal. 3:5). Hence the pejoratives in Jn. 10:12–13 and Lk. 15:19. David introduced
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hireling
HirelingA free person who worked for a wage (Heb. kāḵɩ̂r; Gk. misthōtós). Hirelings worked as farm laborers (Lev. 25:6), shepherds (John 10:12–13), and mercenaries (Jer. 46:21). The hireling’s “days” were toilsome and long (Job 7:1; 14:6). Animals were also hired for work (Exod. 22:15 [MT 14]).Hirelings
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hireling
Hireling (Heb. śāḵîr; Gk. misthōtós). A day laborer or paid worker. Unlike the slave, he was not considered a member of the master’s household because he was hired only for a specific period of time, perhaps as short as a day. Accordingly, the transitory nature of the hireling’s status became
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hired Man, Hired Servant
HIRED MAN, HIRED SERVANT (Heb. śākı̂r; Gk. misthōtos). A laborer employed on hire for a limited time (Job 7:1; 14:6; Mark 1:20), as distinguished from one belonging to his master. Naturally, as a temporary laborer, he would feel much less interest than would the shepherd or permanent keeper of the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hireling
Hirelinga labourer employed on hire for a limited time (Job 7:1; 14:6; Mark 1:20). His wages were paid as soon as his work was over (Lev. 19:13). In the time of our Lord a day’s wage was a “penny” (q.v.) i.e., a Roman denarius (Matt. 20:1–14).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hireling
Hirelinghireling, 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 Mishnah
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hireling
HIRELING — a paid worker or employee in Bible times (John 10:11–12). A hireling could hire on for as little as one day, or he might also contract to work for longer periods. When speaking of Himself as the Good Shepherd, Jesus indicated that He had a personal interest in His sheep (or followers), unlike
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Hireling
HirelingA hireling was a wage earner or day laborer hired (usually on a temporary basis) to perform manual or skilled labor for a specific occasion. The exact nature of the work or service performed varied widely. Day laborers might be hired for general labor (1 Sam 2:5), agricultural work (Lk 15:17,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HIRELING
HIRELING<hir’-ling> ([rykic;, sakhir]): Occurs only 6 times in the Old Testament, and uniformly means a laborer for a wage. In Job 7:1 f there is reference to the hireling’s anxiety for the close of the day. In Isa 16:14 and 21:16 the length of the years of a hireling is referred to, probably