an instrument only referred to in connection with the custom of boring the ear of a slave ( Exodus 21:6 ; Deuteronomy 15:17 ), in token of his volunteering perpetual service when he might be free. (Compare Psalms 40:6 ; Isaiah 50:5 ).
a tool of which we do not know the ancient form. The only notice of it is in connection with the custom of boring the ear of the slave. ( Exodus 21:6 ; 15:17 )
"Bore his ear through with an awl" (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17). The ear was pierced as being the organ of hearing, thus signifying the servant's promise of obedience. See BORE.
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