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Exodus 21:1-6 (The Message)

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1 "These are the laws that you are to place before them: 2 "When you buy a Hebrew slave, he will serve six years. The seventh year he goes free, for nothing. 3 If he came in single he leaves single. If he came in married he leaves with his wife. 4 If the master gives him a wife and she gave him sons and daughters, the wife and children stay with the master and he leaves by himself. 5 But suppose the slave should say, 'I love my master and my wife and children - I don't want my freedom,' 6 then his master is to bring him before God and to a door or doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl, a sign that he is a slave for life.
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