8 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves.9 Everyone was to free their Hebrew slaves, both male and female; no one was to hold a fellow Hebrew in bondage.10 So all the officials and people who entered into this covenant agreed that they would free their male and female slaves and no longer hold them in bondage. They agreed, and set them free.11 But afterward they changed their minds and took back the slaves they had freed and enslaved them again.
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