Compare Translations for Exodus 21:26

Exodus 21:26 ASV
And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, and destroy it; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 BBE
If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 CEB
When a slave owner hits and blinds the eye of a male or female slave, he should let the slave go free on account of the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 CJB
"If a person hits his male or female slave's eye and destroys it, he must let him go free in compensation for his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 RHE
If any man strike the eye of his manservant or maidservant, and leave them but one eye, he shall let them go free for the eye which he put out.
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Exodus 21:26 ESV
"When a man strikes the eye of his slave, male or female, and destroys it, he shall let the slave go free because of his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 GW
"Whenever an owner hits his male or female slave in the eye and the slave is blinded, he must let the slave go free to make up for the loss of the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 GNT
"If someone hits his male or female slave in the eye and puts it out, he is to free the slave as payment for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 HNV
"If a man strikes his servant's eye, or his maid's eye, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 CSB
"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.
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Exodus 21:26 KJV
And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish ; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 LEB
" 'And if a man strikes the eye of his male slave or the eye of his female slave and destroys it, he shall release him as free in place of his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NAS
"If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave , and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NCV
"If a man hits his male or female slave in the eye, and the eye is blinded, the man is to free the slave to pay for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NIRV
"Suppose a man hits his male or female servant in the eye and destroys it. Then he must let the servant go free to pay for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NIV
"If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NKJV
If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 NLT
"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.
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Exodus 21:26 NRS
When a slaveowner strikes the eye of a male or female slave, destroying it, the owner shall let the slave go, a free person, to compensate for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 RSV
"When a man strikes the eye of his slave, male or female, and destroys it, he shall let the slave go free for the eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 DBY
And if a man strike the eye of his bondman or the eye of his handmaid, and it be marred, he shall let him go for his eye.
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Exodus 21:26 MSG
"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.
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Exodus 21:26 WBT
And if a man shall smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it shall perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 TMB
"And if a man smite the eye of his servant or the eye of his maid, that it perish, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 TNIV
"An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye.
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Exodus 21:26 TYN
Yf a man smyte his servaunte or his mayde in the eye and put it out, he shall let the goo fre for the eyes sake.
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Exodus 21:26 WEB
"If a man strikes his servant's eye, or his maid's eye, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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Exodus 21:26 WYC
If a man smiteth the eye of his servant, either of his handmaid, and maketh them one-eyed, he shall deliver them free for the eye which he put out (he shall let them go out free for the eye which he hath put out).
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Exodus 21:26 YLT
`And when a man smiteth the eye of his man-servant, or the eye of his handmaid, and hath destroyed it, as a freeman he doth send him away for his eye;
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Exodus 21 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 21

Laws respecting servants. (1-11) Judicial laws. (12-21) Judicial laws. (22-36)

Verses 1-11 The laws in this chapter relate to the fifth and sixth commandments; and though they differ from our times and customs, nor are they binding on us, yet they explain the moral law, and the rules of natural justice. The servant, in the state of servitude, was an emblem of that state of bondage to sin, Satan, and the law, which man is brought into by robbing God of his glory, by the transgression of his precepts. Likewise in being made free, he was an emblem of that liberty wherewith Christ, the Son of God, makes free from bondage his people, who are free indeed; and made so freely, without money and without price, of free grace.

Verses 12-21 God, who by his providence gives and maintains life, by his law protects it. A wilful murderer shall be taken even from God's altar. But God provided cities of refuge to protect those whose unhappiness it was, and not their fault, to cause the death of another; for such as by accident, when a man is doing a lawful act, without intent of hurt, happens to kill another. Let children hear the sentence of God's word upon the ungrateful and disobedient; and remember that God will certainly requite it, if they have ever cursed their parents, even in their hearts, or have lifted up their hands against them, except they repent, and flee for refuge to the Saviour. And let parents hence learn to be very careful in training up their children, setting them a good example, especially in the government of their passions, and in praying for them; taking heed not to provoke them to wrath. Through poverty the Israelites sometimes sold themselves or their children; magistrates sold some persons for their crimes, and creditors were in some cases allowed to sell their debtors who could not pay. But "man-stealing," the object of which is to force another into slavery, is ranked in the New Testament with the greatest crimes. Care is here taken, that satisfaction be made for hurt done to a person, though death do not follow. The gospel teaches masters to forbear, and to moderate threatenings, ( Ephesians 6:9 ) , considering with Job, What shall I do, when God riseth up? ( Job 31:13 Job 31:14 ) .

Verses 22-36 The cases here mentioned give rules of justice then, and still in use, for deciding similar matters. We are taught by these laws, that we must be very careful to do no wrong, either directly or indirectly. If we have done wrong, we must be very willing to make it good, and be desirous that nobody may lose by us.

Exodus 21 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 21

Exodus 21:1-6 . LAWS FOR MENSERVANTS.

1. judgments--rules for regulating the procedure of judges and magistrates in the decision of cases and the trial of criminals. The government of the Israelites being a theocracy, those public authorities were the servants of the Divine Sovereign, and subject to His direction. Most of these laws here noticed were primitive usages, founded on principles of natural equity, and incorporated, with modifications and improvements, in the Mosaic code.

2-6. If thou buy an Hebrew servant--Every Israelite was free-born; but slavery was permitted under certain restrictions. An Hebrew might be made a slave through poverty, debt, or crime; but at the end of six years he was entitled to freedom, and his wife, if she had voluntarily shared his state of bondage, also obtained release. Should he, however, have married a female slave, she and the children, after the husband's liberation, remained the master's property; and if, through attachment to his family, the Hebrew chose to forfeit his privilege and abide as he was, a formal process was gone through in a public court, and a brand of servitude stamped on his ear ( Psalms 40:6 ) for life, or at least till the Jubilee ( Deuteronomy 15:17 ).

Exodus 21:7-36 . LAWS FOR MAIDSERVANTS.

7-11. if a man sell his daughter--Hebrew girls might be redeemed for a reasonable sum. But in the event of her parents or friends being unable to pay the redemption money, her owner was not at liberty to sell her elsewhere. Should she have been betrothed to him or his son, and either change their minds, a maintenance must be provided for her suitable to her condition as his intended wife, or her freedom instantly granted.

23-25. eye for eye--The law which authorized retaliation (a principle acted upon by all primitive people) was a civil one. It was given to regulate the procedure of the public magistrate in determining the amount of compensation in every case of injury, but did not encourage feelings of private revenge. The later Jews, however, mistook it for a moral precept, and were corrected by our Lord ( Matthew 5:38-42 ).

28-36. If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die--For the purpose of sanctifying human blood, and representing all injuries affecting life in a serious light, an animal that occasioned death was to be killed or suffer punishment proportioned to the degree of damage it had caused. Punishments are still inflicted on this principle in Persia and other countries of the East; and among a rude people greater effect is thus produced in inspiring caution, and making them keep noxious animals under restraint, than a penalty imposed on the owners.

30. If there be laid on him a sum of money, &c.--Blood fines are common among the Arabs as they were once general throughout the East. This is the only case where a money compensation, instead of capital punishment, was expressly allowed in the Mosaic law.