עֶבֶד `ebed "servant, slave" the distinction between "servant" and "slave" was less clear in ancient society, where both lived in the master's house as part of his family. In Amos the word occurs only as part of the phrase "his servants the prophets" (3:7) this designation is especially common in the stories of northern prophets (1 Kings 14:18; 2 Kings 9:7; 14:25; 17:13, 23 cf. 2 Kings 21:10; 24:2) and the book of Jeremiah (7:25; 25:4; 26:5; 29:19; 35:15; 44:4) the expression also occurs in Ezra 9:11; Daniel 9:6, 10 and Zechariah 1:6.