Exodus 21:1-11 NAS

Ordinances for the People

1 "Now these are the 1ordinances which you are to set before them:

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2 "If you buy 2a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.

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3 "If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him.

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    • a 21:3 - Lit "by himself"
    • b 21:3 - Lit "by himself"
      4 "If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone.

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        • c 21:4 - Lit "by himself"
          5 "But 3if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,'

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          6 then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

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            • d 21:6 - Or "the judges who acted in God's name"
              7 "4If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free 5as the male slaves do.

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                • e 21:7 - Lit "go out"
                • f 21:7 - Lit "go out"
                  8 "If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her.

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                    • g 21:8 - Lit "bad"
                    • h 21:8 - Another reading is "so that he did not designate her"
                    • i 21:8 - Lit "dealing treacherously"
                      9 "If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.
                      10 "If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or 6her conjugal rights.

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                      11 "If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.