21:2 2 “If you buy3 a Hebrew servant,4 he is to serve you for six years, but in the seventh year he will go out free5 without paying anything.6 21:3 If he came7 in by himself8 he will go out by himself; if he had9 a wife when he came in, then his wife will go out with him. 21:4 If his master gave10 him a wife, and she bore sons or daughters, the wife and the children will belong to her master, and he will go out by himself. 21:5 But if the servant should declare,11 ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out12 free,’ 21:6 then his master must bring him to the judges,13 and he will bring him to the door or the doorposts, and his master will pierce his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever.14
21:7 “If a man sells his daughter15 as a female servant,16 she will not go out as the male servants do. 21:8 If she does not please17 her master, who has designated her18 for himself, then he must let her be redeemed.19 He has no right20 to sell her to a foreign nation, because he has dealt deceitfully21 with her. 21:9 If he designated her for his son, then he will deal with her according to the customary rights22 of daughters. 21:10 If he takes another wife,23 he must not diminish the first one’s food,24 her clothing, or her marital rights.25 21:11 If he does not provide her with these three things, then she will go out free, without paying money.26
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