Exodus 21
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Judgments About Slaves

1“Now these are the judgments which you are to set before them:

2“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3If he comes [†]alone, he shall go out [†]alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out [†]alone. 5But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ 6then his master shall bring him to [†]God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. Then his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

7“And if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to [†]go free as the male slaves [†]do. 8If she is [†]displeasing in the eyes of her master [†]who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his treachery to her. 9And if he designates her for his son, he shall do to her according to the custom of daughters. 10If he takes for himself another woman, he may not reduce her [†]food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights. 11And if he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.

Judgments About Personal Injuries

12“He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. 13But [†]if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee. 14If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him by deceit, you shall take him even from My altar, that he may die.

15“And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

16“He who [†]kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death.

17“And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

18“And if men contend with each other and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but [†]remains in bed, 19if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his [†]loss of time, and he [†]shall take care of him until he is completely healed.

20“And if a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies [†]at his hand, he shall surely [†]be punished. 21But if for a day or two he is able to stand, no punishment shall be taken; for he is his [†]property.

22“And if men struggle with each other and [†]strike a woman with child so that [†]she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband [†]will set for him, and he shall pay [†]as the judges decide. 23But if there is any further injury, then you shall pay life for life, 24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound.

26“And if a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and ruins it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye. 27And if he [†]knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.

28“And if an ox gores a man or a woman [†]to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished. 29If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it puts a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death. 30If a ransom is [†]demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is [†]demanded of him. 31Whether it gores a son or [†]a daughter, it shall be done to him according to [†]the same judgment. 32If the ox gores a male or female slave, [†]the owner shall give his or her master [†]thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

33“And if a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall [†]give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.

35“And if one man’s ox [†]hurts another’s so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its price equally; and also they shall divide the dead ox. 36Or if it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.

3 Lit by himself
3 Lit by himself
4 Lit by himself
6 Or the judges who acted in God’s name
7 Lit go out
7 Lit go out
8 Lit bad
8 Or so that he did not designate her
10 Lit flesh
13 Lit he who
16 Lit steals
18 Lit lies
19 Lit his sitting
19 Lit healing, he shall cause to be healed
20 Lit under
20 Lit suffer vengeance
21 Lit money
22 Lit smote
22 Or an untimely birth occurs; lit her children come out
22 Lit lays on him
22 Lit by arbitration
27 Lit causes to fall
28 Lit so that he dies
30 Lit laid on him
30 Lit laid on him
31 Lit gores a daughter
31 Lit this
32 Lit he
32 Approx. 12 oz. or 330 gm, a shekel was approx. 0.4 oz. or 11 gm
34 Lit give back
35 Lit smites

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