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Exodus 21:1-6 (New Living Translation)

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1 "Here are some other instructions you must present to Israel: 2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. 3 If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. 4 "If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. 5 But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' 6 If he does this, his master must present him before God. a Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever.
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