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Exodus 21:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 "These are the ordinances that you must set before them:

Laws about Slaves

2 "When you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for six years; then in the seventh he is to leave as a free mana without paying anything. 3 If he arrives alone, he is to leave alone; if he arrives withb a wife, his wife is to leave with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children belong to her master, and the man must leave alone. 5 "But if the slave declares: 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I do not want to leave as a free man,' 6 his master is to bring him to the judgesc and then bring him to the door or doorpost. His master must pierce his ear with an awl, and he will serve his master for life.
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