But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judgesa1 to determine whether he has laid his hands on the other man's property.
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.2 The one whom the judges declareb guilty must pay back double to his neighbor.
"If a man gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to his neighbor for safekeeping3 and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking,
the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath4 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.
But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, he must make restitution5 to the owner.
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.614
"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.715
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.8
"If a man seduces a virgin9 who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price,10 and she shall be his wife.
If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.
"Do not allow a sorceress11 to live.