Exodus 21

Now, these are the regulations which thou shalt put before them. When thou shalt acquire a servant who is a Hebrew, six years, shall he serve,—but in the seventh shall he go out freely—for nought. If, by himself, he came in, by himself, shall he go out,—if he was married, then shall his wife go out with him. If his lord gave him a wife, and she have borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her lords, and, he shall go out by himself. But, if the servant shall plainly say, I love my lord, and my wife and my sons,—I will not go out free, then shall his lord bring him near unto God, and shall bring him near unto the door, or unto the door-post,—and his lord shall pierce his ear with an awl, so shall he serve him all his life. And when a man shall sell iris daughter to be a handmaid, she shall not go out according to the out-going of the men-servants, If she is uncomely in the eyes of her lord, who hath not assigned her in marriage, then shall he suffer her to be redeemed: to a strange people, shall he not have power to sell her in that he hath dealt treacherously with her. And if to his soul he assign her, according to the custom for daughters, shall he do for her. 10 If he take to himself another, her food her clothing, and her marriage-right, shall he not withdraw. 11 But if these three, he will not do for her, then shall she go out for nought, without silver.

12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall surely be put to death. 13 But he who hath not lain in wait, but, God, hath occasioned him to come to his hand, then will I appoint for thee a place, whither he may flee. 14 But, when a man shall act presumptuously against his neighbour to slay him with guile, from mine altar, shalt thou take him to die. 15 And, he that smiteth his father or his mother, shall, surely be put to death. 16 And, he that stealeth a man of the sons of Israel, and selleth him, or he be found in his hand, shall, surely be put to death. 17 And he who revileth his father or his mother, shall, surely be put to death. 18 And when men strive together, and one shall smite the other, with a stone or with his fist,—and he die not, but shall fall to his bed;— 19 if he rise and shall walk abroad on his staff, then shall he that smote him be acquitted,—only, for his loss of time, he shall pay, and, shall surely heal, him. 20 And when a man shall smite his servant or his handmaid with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall, surely be avenged; 21 nevertheless if, for a day or for two days, he continue, he shall not be avenged, for, his silver, he is.

22 And when men strive together and push against a woman with child, and she miscarry, hut there is no other mischief, he shall, surely be fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him, but he shall give it through judges. 23 But, if mischief follow, then shalt thou give life for life; 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth,—hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 brand for brand, wound for wound,—stripe for stripe. 26 And, when a man smiteth the eye of his servant, or the eye of his handmaid, and destroyeth it, he shall send him forth, free, for his eye; 27 or, if, the tooth of his servant or the tooth of his handmaid, he knock out, he shall send him forth, free, for his tooth. 28 And when an ox goreth a man or a woman, and death ensueth, the ox shall, surely be stoned and his flesh shall not be eaten, and the owner of the ox, shall be quit. 29 But, if, the ox, was wont to gore before that time and it hath been attested to his owner, and he hath not proceeded to put him under guard, and he causeth the death of man or woman, the ox, shall be stoned, and, his owner also, shall be put to death. 30 If, a sin-covering, be laid on him, then shall he give a ransom for his life, according to whatsoever may be laid on him: 31 if, a son, he gore or, a daughter, he gore, according to this regulation, shall it be done to him; 32 if, a servant the ox gore, or a handmaid, thirty shekels of silver, shall he give to his lord, and, the ox, shall be stoned. 33 And when a man openeth a pit, or when a man diggeth a pit, and doth not cover it,—and there falleth thereinto an ox or an ass, 34 the owner of the pit, shall make it good, silver, shall he pay back to the owner thereof,—and the dead beast, shall be his. 35 And when the ox of one man thrusteth the ox of his neighbour so that it dieth, then shall they sell the live ox and divide the silver thereof, and the dead ox also, shall they divide, 36 Or if it was known that, an ox, was, wont to gore, before that time, and his owner proceeded not to put him under guard, he shall surely make good,—an ox for the ox, and, the dead one, shall be his.

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