The Bible in Its Traditions

Exodus 21:1–11

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Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them.

“These are the judgments which you shall place before them

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If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

If you buy a Hebrew servant, six years shall he serve you; in the seventh, he shall depart freely, without charge.

When you buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve you; and in the seventh year he shall go out free from your house without price.

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If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.

If he should have come in alone, he shall also go forth alone; and if his wife should have gone in together with him, his wife also shall go out.

With whatever clothing he arrived, with the like let him depart. If he has a wife, his wife also shall depart, at the same time.

If his master give him a wife, and she bear him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

Moreover, if his master give him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters, the wife and the children shall be his master’s; and he shall go forth alone.

But if his lord gave him a wife, and she has borne sons and daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her lord. Yet still, he himself will go out with his clothing.

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But if the servant shall plainly say: I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free;

And if the servant should answer and say, I love my master and wife and children, I will not go away free;

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then his master shall bring him unto God, and shall bring him to the door, or unto the door-post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.

his master shall bring him to the judgement-seat of God, and then shall he bring him to the door, —to the door-post, and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him for ever.

then his lord shall make an offering for him to the heavens, and it shall be applied to the door and the posts, and he will pierce his ear with an awl. And he shall be his servant in perpetuity.

And if a man sell his daughter to be a maid-servant, she shall not go out as the men-servants do.

And if any one sell his daughter as a domestic, she shall not depart as the maid-servants depart.

If anyone sells his daughter to be a servant, she shall not depart as a female servant is accustomed to go out.

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If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her unto a foreign people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

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And if he espouse her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

And if he should have betrothed her to his son, he shall do to her according to the right of daughters.

But if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall treat her according to the custom with daughters.

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10  If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish.

10  And if he take another to himself, he shall not deprive her of necessaries and her apparel, and her companionship with him.

10  And if he take him another wife ; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

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11  And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.

11  If he does not do these three things, she shall depart freely, without money.

11  And if be does not these three things to her, then she shall go out free without price.