New International Version
"But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,'
King James Bible
And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
Darby Bible Translation
But if the bondman shall say distinctly, I love my master, my wife, and my children, I will not go free;
World English Bible
But if the servant shall plainly say, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go out free;'
Young's Literal Translation
'And if the servant really say: I have loved my lord, my wife, and my sons -- I do not go out free;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The wife and her children shall be her master's - It was a law among the Hebrews, that if a Hebrew had children by a Canannitish woman, those children must be considered as Canaanitish only, and might be sold and bought, and serve for ever. The law here refers to such a case only.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
shall plainly say. Heb. saying shall say
LibraryThe Development of the Earlier Old Testament Laws
[Sidenote: First the principle, and then the detailed laws] If the canon of the New Testament had remained open as long as did that of the Old, there is little doubt that it also would have contained many laws, legal precedents, and ecclesiastical histories. From the writings of the Church Fathers and the records of the Catholic Church it is possible to conjecture what these in general would have been. The early history of Christianity illustrates the universal fact that the broad principles are …
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament
A Discourse of the Building, Nature, Excellency, and Government of the House of God; with Counsels and Directions to the Inhabitants Thereof.
Councils of Ariminum and Seleucia.
The Section Chap. I. -iii.
If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
But if your servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,
then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.
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