Verse 6. "Shall bring him unto the judges" - µyhlah la el haelohim, literally, to God; or, as the Septuagint have it, prov to krithrion qeou, to the judgment of God; who condescended to dwell among his people; who determined all their differences till he had given them laws for all cases, and who, by his omniscience, brought to light the hidden things of dishonesty. See chap. xxii. 8.
"Bore his ear through with an awl" - This was a ceremony sufficiently significant, as it implied, 1. That he was closely attached to that house and family. 2. That he was bound to hear all his master's orders, and to obey them punctually. Boring of the ear was an ancient custom in the east. It is referred to by Juvenal: - Prior, inquit, ego adsum.
Cur timeam, dubitemve locum defendere? Quamvis Natus ad Euphraten, MOLLES quod in AURE FENESTRAE Arguerint, licet ipse negem.Sat. i. 102.
"First come, first served, he cries; and I, in spite Of your great lordships, will maintain my right: Though born a slave, though my torn EARS are BORED, 'Tis not the