Setting forth the judgements
21:1 Now these [are] the judgments which you shall set before them.
21:2 If you buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve
and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself if
he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born
him sons or daughters ; the wife and her children shall be her
master's, and he shall go out by himself.
21:5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master,
my wife, and my children ; I will not go out free
21:6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges ; he
shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post ; and his
master shall bore his ear through with an aul ; and he shall
serve him for ever.
21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she
shall not go out as the menservants do.
21:8 If she please not her master, who has betrothed her to
himself, then shall he let her be redeemed to sell her unto a
strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he has dealt
deceitfully with her.
21:9 And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall
deal with her after the manner of daughters.
21:10 If he take him
another [wife]; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage,
shall he not diminish.
21:11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she
go out free without money.
21:12 He that smites a man, so that he die, shall be surely
put to death.
21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver [him]
into his hand ; then I will appoint ya'll a place whither he shall
21:14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to
slay him with guile ; you will take him from mine altar, that
he may die.
21:15 And he that strikes his father, or his mother, shall be
surely put to death.
Teachings for cursers of parents
21:16 And he that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be
found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
21:17 And he that curse his father, or his mother, shall
surely be put to death.
21:18 And if men strive together, and one strike another with
a stone, or with [his] fist, and he die not, but keeps [his] bed
21:19 If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then
shall he that struck [him] be quit only he shall pay [for] the
loss of his time, and shall cause [him] to be thoroughly healed.
21:20 And if a man strike his servant, or his maid, with a rod,
and he die under his hand ; he shall be surely punished.
21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall
not be punished for he [is] his money.
21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her
fruit depart [from her], and yet no mischief follow he shall be
surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon
him; and he shall pay as the judges [determine].
Eye for an eye
21:23 And if [any] mischief follow, then you will give life
21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for
21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for
21:26 And if a man strike the eye of his servant, or the eye
of his maid, that it perish ; he shall let him go free for his
21:27 And if he strike out his manservant's tooth, or his
maidservant's tooth ; he shall let him go free for his tooth's
Teachings for an ox that gores
21:28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die then the
ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten ; but
the owner of the ox [shall be] quit.
21:29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time
past, and it has been testified to his owner, and he has not kept
him in, but that he has killed a man or a woman ; the ox shall be
stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
21:30 If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall
give for the ransom of his life what ever is laid upon him.
21:31 Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter,
according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.
21:32 If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant ; he
shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox
shall be stoned.
21:33 And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a
pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein ;
21:34 The owner of the pit shall make [it] good, [and] give
money unto the owner of them; and the dead [beast] shall be his.
21:35 And if one man's ox hurt another's, that he die ; then
they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the
dead [ox] also they shall divide.
21:36 Or if it be known that the ox have used to push in time
past, and his owner has not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox
for ox ; and the dead shall be his own.
Exodus Index || Main Index
1 || Chapter 2 || Chapter 3 || Chapter
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8 || Chapter
9 || Chapter 10
11 || |Chapter 12 || Chapter 13 || Chapter
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18 || Chapter
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23 || Chapter
24 || Chapter 25 || Chapter
26 || Chapter 27 || Chapter 28 || Chapter
29 || Chapter 30
31 || Chapter 32 || Chapter 33 || Chapter
34 || Chapter 35 || Chapter
36 || Chapter 37 || Chapter 38 || Chapter
39 || Chapter 40