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Exodus 21:1-6 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve : and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. 2 "If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married , then his wife shall go out with him. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
5 And if the servant shall plainly say , I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 5 "But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,'
6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever. 6 then his master must take him before the judges. 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.