Exodus 21:2-9

Exodus 21:2-9

2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant (indentured worker), six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. (no repayment to the master)

3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. (if he was married prior to entering the indentured worker agreement)

4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.

(This appears on the surface as harsh, but, it is missing some detail. Both the Husband and the wife entered the house as indentured servants at differing times. This applies to the rule of redemption and the required repayment. This situation is one where the man has already repaid a portion of his servitude, say 4 years, and the wife has only repaid 1. The husband would then need to leave her there for her remaining years of service once he has completed his, or, pay the redemption price. This is addressed in verses 7 & 8.)

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

6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him forever.

(This is a visual example of the covenant of the Passover. The blood from the ear would run down the doorpost. This would also represent the eternal membership into the family and the home, an example of the Kingdom of Heaven. Lastly the ear is the example of “shma” or hearing the word of God.)

7 And if a man sell (H4376 מָכַר makar- a daughter in marriage, into servitude) his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

8 If she please not her master, who hath betrothed (H3259 יָעַד ya`ad- set a time, engagement) her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed (H6299 פָּדָה padah-ransomed released): to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

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

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