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Exodus 21:6-16 NIV

6 then his master must take him before the judges.a He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

References for Exodus 21:6

7 “If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do.
8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,b he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.

References for Exodus 21:8

    • ‘ 21:8 - Or "master so that he does not choose her"
      9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
      10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.

      References for Exodus 21:10

      11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

      Personal Injuries

      12 “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

      References for Exodus 21:12

      13 However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen, they are to flee to a place I will designate.

      References for Exodus 21:13

      14 But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death.

      References for Exodus 21:14

      15 “Anyone who attacksc their father or mother is to be put to death.

      References for Exodus 21:15

          16 “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.

          References for Exodus 21:16

          Study tools for Exodus 21:6-16

          • a 21:6 - Or "before God"
          • b 21:8 - Or "master so that he does not choose her"
          • c 21:15 - Or "kills"
          • d 21:18 - Or "with a tool"
          • e 21:22 - Or "she has a miscarriage"
          • f 21:32 - That is, about 12 ounces or about 345 grams