25:44 “‘As for your male and female slaves 1 who may belong to you – you may buy male and female slaves from the nations all around you. 2 25:45 Also you may buy slaves 3 from the children of the foreigners who reside with you, and from their families that are 4 with you, whom they have fathered in your land, they may become your property. 25:46 You may give them as inheritance to your children after you to possess as property. You may enslave them perpetually. However, as for your brothers the Israelites, no man may rule over his brother harshly. 5
1 tn Heb “And your male slave and your female slave.” Smr has these as plural terms, “slaves,” not singular.
2 tn Heb “ from the nations which surround you, from them you shall buy male slave and female slave.”
3 tn The word “slaves” is not in the Hebrew text, but is implied here.
4 tn Heb “family which is” (i.e., singular rather than plural).
5 tn Heb “and your brothers, the sons of Israel, a man in his brother you shall not rule in him in violence.”