"If a quarrel breaks out and one hits the other with a rock or a fist and the injured one doesn't die but is confined to bed
and then later gets better and can get about on a crutch, the one who hit him is in the clear, except to pay for the loss of time and make sure of complete recovery.
"If a slave owner hits a slave, male or female, with a stick and the slave dies on the spot, the slave must be avenged.
But if the slave survives a day or two, he's not to be avenged - the slave is the owner's property.
"When there's a fight and in the fight a pregnant woman is hit so that she miscarries but is not otherwise hurt, the one responsible has to pay whatever the husband demands in compensation.
But if there is further damage, then you must give life for life
- eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
"If a slave owner hits the eye of a slave or handmaid and ruins it, the owner must let the slave go free because of the eye.
If the owner knocks out the tooth of the male or female slave, the slave must be released and go free because of the tooth.
"If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox must be stoned. The meat cannot be eaten but the owner of the ox is in the clear.
But if the ox has a history of goring and the owner knew it and did nothing to guard against it, then if the ox kills a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned and the owner given the death penalty.
If a ransom is agreed upon instead of death, he must pay it in full as a redemption for his life.
If a son or daughter is gored, the same judgment holds.
If it is a slave or a handmaid the ox gores, thirty shekels of silver is to be paid to the owner and the ox stoned.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)