Exodus 21:5

5 But suppose the slave should say, 'I love my master and my wife and children - I don't want my freedom,'

Exodus 21:5 In-Context

3 If he came in single he leaves single. If he came in married he leaves with his wife.
4 If the master gives him a wife and she gave him sons and daughters, the wife and children stay with the master and he leaves by himself.
5 But suppose the slave should say, 'I love my master and my wife and children - I don't want my freedom,'
6 then his master is to bring him before God and to a door or doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl, a sign that he is a slave for life.
7 "When a man sells his daughter to be a handmaid, she doesn't go free after six years like the men.
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