Female Servants

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The law may seem harsh to women; however, it actually provided to protect them.  Notice a female servant cannot be sent out as a male servant is sent out in the previous scripture. When a female is released she must be allowed to be redeemed or ransomed.  She can be purchased from servitude by someone else and set free. She is not allowed to be sold off to foreigners who do not follow the law which allows her to be redeemed.  He cannot deal falsely by buying female servants and then selling them off for a profit.  This part of the law stops the trafficking of women. The master takes another wife, he must continue to treat the previously purchased servant/wife as  before.  He must also, treat her as a daughter if he allows her to marry his son.  If he does not do these things then the female servant is set free without a ransom price.

7 And when a man sells his daughter to be a female servant, she does not go out as the male servants do. 8“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who has engaged her to himself, then he shall let her be ransomed. He shall have no authority to sell her to a foreign people, because of him deceiving her. 9“And if he has engaged her to his son, he is to do to her as is the right of daughters. 10“If he takes another wife, her food, her covering and her marriage rights are not to be diminished. 11“And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out for naught, without silver. – Exodus 21:7 – 11

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