8 *This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, oto proclaim liberty unto them; 9 pThat every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, qgo free; rthat none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. 10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, qgo free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go. 11 *But safterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let qgo free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.
Comp. Neh. 5:8–12.
See ver. 21.
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