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Deuteronomy 15:16

 

 

"It shall come about if he says to you, `I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee,.... Out of his house, nor quit his service:

because he loveth thee and thine house; his master and his family, and so loath to leave them, but chooses rather to stay with them than have his liberty; hence the Jews sayF11Maimon. in Misn. Kiddushin, c. 1. sect. 2. , if his master has not a wife and children, his ear is not to be bored:

because he is well with thee; lives well with him, is well used by him, wants for nothing, and enjoys peace and quietness, and has everything to make him happy as such a state will admit of, and with the which he is well contented, and highly pleased. This is an emblem of the cheerful and constant obedience of the people of Christ to him their master, flowing from love to him; whom they love above all persons and things, with all their heart and soul, and his house also, the place of his worship, his ordinances, truths, ministers and children; and therefore choose to be where they are, finding that they are there well used, fare well, having bread enough and to spare, spiritual provisions in plenty; are well clothed with the righteousness of Christ, have the good company of the saints and excellent in the earth, in whom is all their delight; and, above all, the presence of their Lord and master, and the smiles of his countenance.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/deuteronomy-15.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Deuteronomy 15:16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

Ver. 16. Then thou shalt take an awl.] Ut si non horreret servitudinem, horreret saltem ignominiam publicam: If we can bear reproach for Christ, it is an argument we mean to stick to him, as this bored servant to his master.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Because he is sensible that he fares well with thee. Or, because it is good, i.e. acceptable in his eyes, or pleasing to him, to be

with thee.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/deuteronomy-15.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16. I will not go — If the manservant or the maidservant did not wish to leave for freedom — did not wish to leave the master — they were not obliged to go, but in that case were to be bound to a lifelong bondage.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/deuteronomy-15.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

if he say. Compare Exodus 21:5, Exodus 21:6.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/deuteronomy-15.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

If he say ... I will not go away. If they declined to avail themselves of the privilege of release, and chose to remain with their master, then, by a special form of ceremony, they became a party to the transaction, voluntarily sold themselves to their employer, and continued in his service until death.

'In this passage, where the symbolic indication of permanent servitude is again prescribed (see the notes at Ex 'In this passage, where the symbolic indication of permanent servitude is again prescribed (see the notes at Exodus 21:4-6), it is stated still more definitely that the ear is to be fastened by the awl to the door. The manifest dishonour which lies in this symbolic act agrees perfectly with the whole spirit of the law; for this seeks to protect personal freedom in every way, and always to re-establish it, and cannot, therefore, approve of one's giving himself over to perpetual servitude. It is true that in the case before us he had, in his love for his family, an apparently good reason for the deed. But who bade him at the outset enter into these relations, and take for his wife a maid in the ownership of her master?' (Barrow's Translation of Saalschutz 'On Hebrew Servitude.')


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/deuteronomy-15.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
Exodus 21:5,6; Psalms 40:6,8

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/deuteronomy-15.html.

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