But (A)if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not leave as a free man,’ then his master shall bring him to [a]God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an [b]awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 21:6 Or the judges (who acted in God’s name)
  2. Exodus 21:6 I.e., a pointed tool