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Exodus 21:3

    Exodus 21:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.

    Webster's Revision

    If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    World English Bible

    If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If he is married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 21:3

    If he came in by himself - If he and his wife came in together, they were to go out together: in all respects as he entered, so should he go out. This consideration seems to have induced St. Jerome to translate the passage thus: Cum quali veste intraverat, cum tali exeat. "He shall have the same coat in going out, as he had when he came in," i.e., if he came in with a new one, he shall go out with a new one, which was perfectly just, as the former coat must have been worn out in his master's service, and not his own.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 21:3

    If a married man became a bondman, his rights in regard to his wife were respected: but if a single bondman accepted at the hand of his master a bondwoman as his wife, the master did not lose his claim to the woman or her children, at the expiration of the husband's term of service. Such wives, it may be presumed, were always foreign slaves.