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his master is to bring him to the judges
and then bring him to the door or doorpost. His master must pierce his ear with an awl, and he will serve his master for life.
Exodus 21:6 In-Context
If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children belong to her master, and the man must leave alone.
"But if the slave declares: 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I do not want to leave as a free man,'
his master is to bring him to the judges and then bring him to the door or doorpost. His master must pierce his ear with an awl, and he will serve his master for life.
"When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she is not to leave as the male slaves do.
If she is displeasing to her master, who chose her for himself, then he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners because he has acted treacherously toward her.
Or to God; that is, to His sanctuary or court
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