"Now suppose two people quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone or fist, causing injury but not death.
If the injured person is later able to walk again, even with a crutch, the assailant will be innocent. Nonetheless, the assailant must pay for time lost because of the injury and must pay for the medical expenses.
"If a male or female slave is beaten and dies, the owner must be punished.
If the slave recovers after a couple of days, however, then the owner should not be punished, since the slave is the owner's property.
"Now suppose two people are fighting, and in the process, they hurt a pregnant woman so her child is born prematurely. If no further harm results, then the person responsible must pay damages in the amount the woman's husband demands and the judges approve.
But if any harm results, then the offender must be punished according to the injury. If the result is death, the offender must be executed.
If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it. Similarly, the payment must be hand for hand, foot for foot,
burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
"If an owner hits a male or female slave in the eye and the eye is blinded, then the slave may go free because of the eye.
And if an owner knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave, the slave should be released in payment for the tooth.
"If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull must be stoned, and its flesh may not be eaten. In such a case, however, the owner will not be held liable.
Suppose, on the other hand, that the owner knew the bull had gored people in the past, yet the bull was not kept under control. If this is true and if the bull kills someone, it must be stoned, and the owner must also be killed.
However, the dead person's relatives may accept payment from the owner of the bull to compensate for the loss of life. The owner will have to pay whatever is demanded.
"The same principle applies if the bull gores a boy or a girl.
But if the bull gores a slave, either male or female, the slave's owner is to be given thirty silver coins a in payment, and the bull must be stoned.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)