Now these are the laws which you are to put before them.
If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment.
If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.
If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself.
But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:
Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever.