5 "But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,'

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus 21:5

Commentary on Exodus 21:1-11

(Read Exodus 21:1-11)

The laws in this chapter relate to the fifth and sixth commandments; and though they differ from our times and customs, nor are they binding on us, yet they explain the moral law, and the rules of natural justice. The servant, in the state of servitude, was an emblem of that state of bondage to sin, Satan, and the law, which man is brought into by robbing God of his glory, by the transgression of his precepts. Likewise in being made free, he was an emblem of that liberty wherewith Christ, the Son of God, makes free from bondage his people, who are free indeed; and made so freely, without money and without price, of free grace.

6 then his master must take him before the judges.[1] He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus 21:6

Commentary on Exodus 21:1-11

(Read Exodus 21:1-11)

The laws in this chapter relate to the fifth and sixth commandments; and though they differ from our times and customs, nor are they binding on us, yet they explain the moral law, and the rules of natural justice. The servant, in the state of servitude, was an emblem of that state of bondage to sin, Satan, and the law, which man is brought into by robbing God of his glory, by the transgression of his precepts. Likewise in being made free, he was an emblem of that liberty wherewith Christ, the Son of God, makes free from bondage his people, who are free indeed; and made so freely, without money and without price, of free grace.