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Exodus 22:1-8 (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.
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