The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 15:12–18

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12  If thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, he shall serve thee six years; and in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

12  When your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, has been sold to you, and has served you for six years, in the seventh year you shall set him free.

13  And when thou lettest him go free from thee, thou shalt not let him go empty;

13  And when you grant his freedom, you shall by no means permit him to go away empty.

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14  thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy threshing-floor, and out of thy winepress; of that wherewith YHWH thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.

14  Instead, you shall give to him, for his journey, from your flocks and threshing floor and winepress, with which the Lord your God has blessed you.

14  But you shall set aside and give to him out of your flocks and out of your oxen and out of your threshing floor and out of your wine press; out of everything which the LORD your God gives you, you shall give to him.

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15  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and YHWH thy God redeemed thee; therefore I command thee this thing to-day.

15  Remember that you yourself also served in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God set you free. And therefore, I now command this of you.

15  And you shall remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD your God delivered you; therefore I command you this thing today.

16  And it shall be, if he say unto thee: 'I will not go out from thee'; because he loveth thee and thy house, because he fareth well with thee;

16  But if he will say, ‘I am not willing to depart,’ because he loves you and your household, and because he feels that it would be good for him to stay with you,

16  But if he says to you. I will not go away from you, because I love you and your household, and because it is better for me to be with you,

17  then thou shalt take an awl, and thrust it through his ear and into the door, and he shall be thy bondman for ever. And also unto thy bondwoman thou shalt do likewise.

17  then you shall take an awl and pierce his ear, at the door of your house. And he shall serve you even forever. You shall also act similarly toward your woman servant.

17  Then you must take an awl, and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant for ever. You shall do likewise to your maidservant.

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18  It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou lettest him go free from thee; for to the double of the hire of a hireling hath he served thee six years; and YHWH thy God will bless thee in all that thou doest.

18  You should not avert your eyes from them when you set them free, because he has served you for six years, in a manner deserving of the pay of a hired hand. So may the Lord your God bless you in all the works that you do.