Exodus 21:8
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English Standard Version
If she does not please her master, who has designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has broken faith with her.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a foreign people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If she displease the eyes of her master to whom she was delivered, he shall let her go: but he shall have no power to sell her to a foreign nation, if he despise her.

English Revised Version
If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

Webster's Bible Translation
If she shall not please her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her to a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Hebrew servant was to obtain his freedom without paying compensation, after six years of service. According to Deuteronomy 15:12, this rule applied to the Hebrew maid-servant as well. The predicate עברי limits the rule to Israelitish servants, in distinction from slaves of foreign extraction, to whom this law did not apply (cf. Deuteronomy 15:12, "thy brother").

(Note: Saalschtz is quite wrong in his supposition, that עברי relates not to Israelites, but to relations of the Israelites who had come over to them from their original native land. (See my Archהologie, ֗112, Note 2.))

An Israelite might buy his own countryman, either when he was sold by a court of justice on account of theft (Exodus 22:1), or when he was poor and sold himself (Leviticus 25:39). The emancipation in the seventh year of service was intimately connected with the sabbatical year, though we are not to understand it as taking place in that particular year. "He shall go out free," sc., from his master's house, i.e., be set at liberty. חנּם: without compensation. In Deuteronomy the master is also commanded not to let him go out empty, but to load him (חעניק to put upon his neck) from his flock, his threshing-floor, and his wine-press (i.e., with corn and wine); that is to say, to give him as much as he could carry away with him. The motive for this command is drawn from their recollection of their own deliverance by Jehovah from the bondage of Egypt. And in Exodus 21:18 an additional reason is supplied, to incline the heart of the master to this emancipation, viz., that "he has served thee for six years the double of a labourer's wages," - that is to say, "he has served and worked so much, that it would have cost twice as much, if it had been necessary to hire a labourer in his place" (Schultz), - and "Jehovah thy God hath blessed thee in all that thou doest," sc., through his service.

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please not. Heb. be evil in the eyes of.

Genesis 28:8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

Judges 14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people...

1 Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

1 Samuel 18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands...

who hath

Deuteronomy 20:7 And what man is there that has betrothed a wife, and has not taken her? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle...

Deuteronomy 21:11-14 And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire to her, that you would have her to your wife...

seeing

Exodus 8:29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from you, and I will entreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh...

Judges 9:19 If you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice you in Abimelech...

Job 6:15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

Malachi 2:11-15 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem...

Cross References
Exodus 21:7
"When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.

Exodus 21:9
If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter.

Ezekiel 15:8
And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord GOD."

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