|Exodus 21 |
1 "Now these are the judgments that you shall set before them:
2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go free and pay nothing.
3 If he came in alone, he shall go out alone; but if he was married, then his wife shall go out with him.
4 If his master has given him a wife and she has born him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out alone.
5 But if the servant plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go free,'
6 Then his master shall bring him before God [or the judges]; he shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost and shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
7 If a man sells his daughter to be a servant, she shall not go free as the menservants do.
8 If she does not please her master who has not betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no power to sell her to a strange nation since he has dealt deceitfully with her.
9 And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her like a daughter.
10 If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing or her marriage rights.
11 And if he does not do these three things for her, then she shall go free, without paying money.
12 He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
13 However, if a man did not lie in wait [premediation], but God allowed him to fall into his hand [die], then I will appoint you a place [cities of refuge] where he may flee.
14 But if a man comes with premeditation upon his neighbor to slay him with guile [hate], you shall take him from my altar [where he fled], that he may die.
15 He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
16 He who steals [kidnaps] a man and sells him or is found with him in his possession, he shall surely be put to death.
17 He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
18 If men quarrel and one strikes another with a stone or with his fist and he does not die but is confined to his bed,
19 And if he rises again and walks about leaning upon his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted, except he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed.
20 If a man strikes his servant or his maid with a rod, and he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished.
21 But if he survives for a day or two, there shall be be no punishment, for he is his property.
22 If men fight and hit a pregnant woman so that her child is born prematurely, but there is no serious injury, then he will be punished in accordance with what the woman's husband demands of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide.
23 And if any further injury follows, then you take life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
26 If a man strikes the eye of his servant or the eye of his maid so that it is destroyed, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
27 If he knocks out his manservant's or his maidservant's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
28 If an ox gores a man or a woman so that they die, then the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted.
29 But if the ox has tried to gore with its horns in the past, and the owner of it has been warned but has not kept it penned in and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner shall also be put to death.
30 But if the payment of a sum of money is demanded from him [for his life], then he shall give whatever is laid upon him for the ransom of his life.
31 If he has gored a son or a daughter, it shall be done to him according to this judgment.
32 If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant, the owner shall give thirty shekels of silver to their master, and the ox shall be stoned.
33 If a man uncovers a pit or digs a pit and does not cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money to their owner, but the dead beast shall be his.
35 If one man's ox hurts another's so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money from it; and they shall divide the dead ox also.
36 However, if it is known that the ox tended to gore in the past, and his owner has not kept him penned in, he shall surely pay his ox for the gored ox, and the dead beast shall be his.
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