"When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod, and the slave dies under his abuse, the owner must be punished.
However, if the slave can stand up after a day or two, the owner should not be punished because he is his [owner's] property.
"When a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he must let the slave go free in compensation for his eye.
If he knocks out the tooth of his male or female slave, he must let the slave go free in compensation for his tooth.
You are not to rule over them harshly but fear your God.
You may leave them to your sons after you to inherit as property; you can make them slaves for life. But concerning your brothers, the Israelites, you must not rule over one another harshly.
"If your fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, you must set him free in the seventh year.
When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed.
Give generously to him from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. You are to give him whatever the LORD your God has blessed you with.
Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this command today.
At the end of seven years, each of you must free his Hebrew brother who sold himself to you. He may serve you six years, but then you must send him out free from you. But your ancestors did not obey Me or pay any attention.
Today you repented and did what pleased Me, each of you proclaiming freedom for his neighbor. You made a covenant before Me at the temple called by My name.
But you have changed your minds and profaned My name. Each has taken back his male and female slaves who had been freed [to go] wherever they wanted, and you have [again] subjugated them to be your slaves.
"Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed Me by proclaiming freedom, each man for his brother and for his neighbor. I hereby proclaim freedom for you"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "to the sword, to plague, and to famine! I will make you a horror to all the earth's kingdoms.
And masters, treat them the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.
Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.