Exodus 21:2-11 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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2 "Suppose you buy a Hebrew servant. He must serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, you must set him free. He does not have to pay anything. 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 does not have a wife when he comes, he must go free alone. But if he has a wife when he comes, she must go 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 Suppose his master gives him a wife. And suppose she has sons or daughters by him. Then only the man will go free. The woman and her children will belong to her master. 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 "But suppose the servant says, 'I love my master and my wife and children. I don't want to go 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 must take him to the judges. He must be taken to the door or doorpost of his master's house. His master must poke a hole through his ear lobe into the doorpost. Then he will become his servant for life. 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.
7 "Suppose a man sells his daughter as a servant. Then she can't go free as male servants do. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 "But what if the master who has chosen her does not like her? Then he must let the man buy her back. He has no right to sell her to strangers. He has broken his promise to her. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.
9 "What if he chooses her to get married to his son? Then he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 "What if he marries another woman? He must still give the first one her food and clothes and make love to her. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 If he does not provide her with those three things, she can go free. She does not have to pay anything. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.