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Exodus 21:12-36 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Laws about Personal Injury

12 "Whoever strikes a person so that he dies must be put to death. 13 But if he didn't intend any harm,a and yet God caused it to happen by his hand, I will appoint a place for you where he may flee.b 14 If a person willfullyc acts against his neighbor to murder him by scheming, you must take him from My altar to be put to death. 15 "Whoever strikes his father or his mother must be put to death. 16 "Whoever kidnaps a person must be put to death, whether he sells him or the person is found in his possession. 17 "Whoever curses his father or his mother must be put to death. 18 "When men quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or fist, and the injured man does not die but is confined to bed, 19 if he can [later] get up and walk around outside [leaning] on his staff, then the one who struck [him] will be exempt from punishment. Nevertheless, he must pay for his lost work timed and provide for [his] complete recovery. 20 "When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod, and the slave dies under his abuse,e the owner must be punished.f 21 However, if the slave can stand up after a day or two, the owner should not be punishedg because he is his [owner's] property.h 22 "When men get in a fight, and hit a pregnant woman so that her children are born [prematurely],i but there is no injury, the one who hit her must be fined as the woman's husband demands from him, and he must pay according to judicial assessment. 23 If there is an injury, then you must give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound. 26 "When a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he must let the slave go free in compensation for his eye. 27 If he knocks out the tooth of his male or female slave, he must let the slave go free in compensation for his tooth. 28 "When an oxj gores a man or a woman to death, the ox must be stoned,k and its meat may not be eaten, but the ox's owner is innocent. 29 However, if the ox was in the habit of goring, and its owner has been warned yet does not restrain it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox must be stoned, and its owner must also be put to death. 30 If instead a ransom is demanded of him, he can pay a redemption price for his life in the full amount demanded from him. 31 If it gores a son or a daughter, he is to be dealt with according to this same law. 32 If the ox gores a male or female slave, he must give 30 shekels of silverl to the slave's master, and the ox must be stoned. 33 "When a man uncovers a pit or digs a pit, and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit must give compensation; he must pay money to its owner, but the dead animal will become his. 35 "When a man's ox injures his neighbor's ox and it dies, they must sell the live ox and divide its proceeds; they must also divide the dead animal. 36 If, however, it is known that the ox was in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not restrained it, he must compensate fully, ox for ox; the dead animal will become his.
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