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"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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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AWL'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.