Exodus 21
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1And these [are] the judgments which you set before them:

2When you buy a Hebrew servant, he serves [for] six years, and in the seventh he goes out as a freeman for nothing; 3if he comes in by himself, he goes out by himself; if he [is] owner of a wife, then his wife has gone out with him; 4if his lord gives a wife to him, and she has borne sons or daughters to him—the wife and her children are her lord’s, and he goes out by himself. 5And if the servant really says: I have loved my lord, my wife, and my sons—I do not go out free, 6then his lord has brought him near to God, and has brought him near to the door, or to the doorpost, and his lord has bored his ear with an awl, and he has served him for all time.

7And when a man sells his daughter for a handmaid, she does not go out according to the going out of the menservants; 8if [it is] evil in the eyes of her lord, so that he has not betrothed her, then he has let her be ransomed; he has no power to sell her to a strange people, in his dealing treacherously with her. 9And if he betroths her to his son, he does to her according to the right of daughters. 10If he takes another [woman] for him, he does not withdraw her food, her covering, and her habitation; 11and if he does not do these three for her, then she has gone out for nothing, without money.

12He who strikes a man so that he has died is certainly put to death; 13as for him who has not laid wait, but God has brought [him] to his hand, I have even set a place for you to where he flees. 14And when a man presumes against his neighbor to slay him with subtlety, you take him from My altar to die.

15And he who strikes his father or his mother is certainly put to death.

16And he who steals a man, and has sold him, and he has been found in his hand, is certainly put to death.

17And he who is reviling his father or his mother is certainly put to death.

18And when men contend, and a man has struck his neighbor with a stone, or with the fist, and he does not die, but has fallen on the bed; 19if he rises, and has gone up and down outside on his staff, then the striker has been acquitted; he only gives [for] his cessation, and he is thoroughly healed.

20And when a man strikes his manservant or his handmaid with a rod, and he has died under his hand—he is certainly avenged; 21only if he remains a day, or two days, he is not avenged, for he [is] his money.

22And when men strive, and have struck a pregnant woman, and her children have come out, and there is no harm [to them], he is certainly fined as the husband of the woman lays on him, and he has given through the judges; 23and if there is harm [to them], then you have given life for life, 24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

26And when a man strikes the eye of his manservant, or the eye of his handmaid, and has destroyed it, he sends him away as a freeman for his eye; 27and if he knocks out a tooth of his manservant or a tooth of his handmaid, he sends him away as a freeman for his tooth.

28And when an ox gores man or woman, and they have died, the ox is certainly stoned, and his flesh is not eaten, and the owner of the ox [is] acquitted; 29and if the ox is [one] accustomed to gore before, and it has been testified to its owner, and he does not watch it, and it has put to death a man or woman, the ox is stoned, and its owner is also put to death. 30If atonement is laid on him, then he has given the ransom of his life, according to all that is laid on him; 31whether it gores a son or gores a daughter, according to this judgment it is done to him. 32If the ox gores a manservant or a handmaid, he gives thirty silver shekels to their lord, and the ox is stoned.

33And when a man opens a pit, or when a man digs a pit, and does not cover it, and an ox or donkey has fallen [in] there— 34the owner of the pit repays, he gives back money to its owner, and the dead is his.

35And when a man’s ox strikes the ox of his neighbor and it has died, then they have sold the living ox, and halved its money, and they also halve the dead one; 36or, [if] it has been known that the ox is [one] accustomed to gore before, and its owner does not watch it, he certainly repays ox for ox, and the dead is his.


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