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The Book Of Exodus Chapter 21-22 (16 of 26)
Now that we have looked at the Ten Commandments, let
us look at the many other laws or regulations that
were to govern the nation Israel. Remember, the entire
Mosaic law could be divided into three parts: Civil
law, Criminal law, and Ceremonial law. The Ten
Commandments could be divided into two parts, one’s
proper relationship with God, which always leads to
ones proper relationship with man. Without a proper
understanding and relationship to God, there could be
no proper relationship with anyone else. Knowing God
is foundational to a proper relationship with anyone.
Read vss 1-3
There were the statutes that govern the rights of male
and female slaves. Among the Hebrews a person could
sell himself and his wife to slavery due to poverty or
debt. The duration for his stay was only six years and
then he was to be set free. If he came in by himself
or was married when he came, then he or they should be
set free at the end of six years. He was to be treated
as a hired servant or laborer.
Read vss 4-6
If a slave loved his master and wanted to stay with
the wife and children that was provided by the master,
then his ear was to be pierced with an awl, a device
similar to an ice pick, and then he would be the
master’s servant forever.
7 And if a man sell 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 her
to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: 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.
10 If he take him another [wife]; her food, her
raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not
11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall
she go out free without money.
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