Exodus 22:1-15 (New International Version)

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Protection of Property

1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it, he must pay back1 five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep. 2 "If a thief is caught breaking in2 and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;3 3 but if it happensa after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed. "A thief must certainly make restitution,4 but if he has nothing, he must be sold5 to pay for his theft. 4 "If the stolen animal is found alive in his possession6--whether ox or donkey or sheep--he must pay back double.7 5 "If a man grazes his livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in another man's field, he must make restitution8 from the best of his own field or vineyard. 6 "If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks9 of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.10 7 "If a man gives his neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping11 and they are stolen from the neighbor's house, the thief, if he is caught, must pay back double.12 8 But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judgesb13 to determine whether he has laid his hands on the other man's property. 9 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, 'This is mine,' both parties are to bring their cases before the judges.14 The one whom the judges declarec guilty must pay back double to his neighbor. 10 "If a man gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to his neighbor for safekeeping15 and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking, 11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath16 before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person's property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required. 12 But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, he must make restitution17 to the owner. 13 If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, he shall bring in the remains as evidence and he will not be required to pay for the torn animal.18 14 "If a man borrows an animal from his neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, he must make restitution.19 15 But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.20
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