Exodus 21


Ordinances Regarding Servants

And these are the ordinances which you shall place before them. If you should acquire [2servant 1a Hebrew], [3six 4years 1he shall serve 2to you], but the seventh year you shall send him free without charge. If he alone should enter, also alone he shall go forth; but if a wife should enter together with him, also the wife shall go out together with him. And if the master should give to him a wife, and she should bear to him, sons and daughters, the wife and the children shall be his masters, and he alone shall go forth by himself. And if responding [3should have said 1the 2servant], I have loved my master, and my wife, and the children; I do not run free. [2shall lead 3him 1Then his master] to the judgment seat of God, and then lead him to the door, unto the doorpost. And [3shall make a hole in 1his 2master] the ear with the shoemaker's awl, and he shall serve to him into the eon. But if any should give over his own daughter as a domestic servant, she shall not go forth as [3run forth 1the 2maidservants]. If she should not be well-pleasing to her master, who did not solemnly promise her; on payment of ransom he shall release her; [8nation 1but 7to an alien 4not 2the master 3is 5to sell 6her], for he disrespected her. And if to his son he solemnly promised her, according to the ordinance of the daughters he shall commit to her. 10 And if [2another woman 1he should take] to himself, the things necessary, and the clothes, and her companionship he shall not deprive. 11 And if these three things he should not do for her, she shall go forth freely, without paying money.

Ordinances of Liability

12 And if any should strike any, and he should die, to death let him be put to death! 13 But if it be done not willingly, but God delivered up into his hands, I will give to you a place in which he shall flee there -- the one man-slaying. 14 But if any should set against the neighbor to kill him by treachery, and should take refuge; [3from 4my altar 1you shall take 2him] to be put to death. 15 Whoever beats his father or his mother, to death he should be put to death. 16 The one speaking evil of his father or his mother, to death let him come to an end! 17 Who ever should steal any of any one of the sons of Israel, and tyrannizing him, should give him over, and should be found with him, to death let him come to an end! 18 And if [3revile each other 1two 2men], and one should strike the neighbor with a stone or fist, and he should not die, but lies down upon the bed; 19 if in arising, the man should walk outside upon his cane, [3will be innocent 1the one 2striking]; except [2for his idleness 1he shall pay], and the physician's fee. 20 But if any strike his servant or his maidservant with a rod, and one should die by his hand, with punishment let him be punished! 21 And if the one should continue to live [2day 1one] or two, he shall not be punished, for [2his money 1he is]. 22 And if [3should do combat 1two 2men], and should strike a woman [2in 3the womb 1having one], and should come forth her child not completely formed, with a fine he shall be penalized, in so far as [5should put upon him 1the 2husband 3of the 4woman], and he shall give by means of what is fit. 23 And if [2completely formed 1it should be], he shall give 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 And if any should strike the eye of his man-servant, or the eye of his female attendant, and he should blind; [3free 1he shall send 2them] on account of their eye. 27 And if the tooth of the man-servant, or the tooth of his female attendant he should knock out; [3free 1he shall send 2them] on account of their tooth. 28 And if [2should gore 1a bull] a man or woman, and either die; with stones you shall stone the bull, and you shall not eat of its meats; but the owner of the bull shall be innocent. 29 But if the bull [2goring 1was] before yesterday and before the third day before, and men testified to its owner, and he should not remove it; and if it should have done away with a man or a woman, they shall stone the bull, and the owner of it shall die in addition. 30 And if ransoms should be put to him, he shall give ransoms for the life of it, as much as should be put upon him. 31 And if a son or daughter should be gored, according to this ordinance they shall observe it. 32 And if [4a manservant 3should have gored 1the 2bull] or a maidservant, [4of silver 2thirty 3double-drachmas 1he shall give] to their owner, and the bull shall be stoned. 33 And if any should open a pit, or a quarry pit, and should not cover it, and [4should fall in 5there 1a calf 2or 3donkey], 34 the owner of the pit shall pay; [2money 1he shall give] to their owner, and the animal coming to an end will be his. 35 And if [3should gore 1any 2bull] the bull of the neighbor, and it should come to an end, they shall give over [3bull for sale 1the 2living], and divide the money from it, and the bull having died they shall divide. 36 And if it is made known [2the 3bull 1that 5given to goring 4is] before yesterday and before the third day, and [2have been testifying 1they should] to its owner, and he did not remove it, he shall pay bull for bull, but the bull coming to an end will be his.
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