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|NASB||Exodus 21:1 "Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them:|
|Exodus 21:1 "Now these are the ordinances (laws) which you shall set before the Israelites:|
|Bible Question: in Exodus chapter 22:1-6 a freed slave could not leave with wife or child if he was married to her while they were in slavery,yet he could leave with his wife if they were already married before slavery. Please explain why this is fair.|
Bible Answer: Exodus 21:1-6 (NKJV)
1 "Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:
2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.
3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him.
4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
5 But if the servant plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,'
6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
Actually the scripture says in verse 3 that if he comes in married he can go out with his wife.
However if the master gave him his wife than the wife must still serve her indenture agreement before she can be freed but the Husband can then decide to stay with her.
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