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Exodus 21 (New American Standard)

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Ordinances for the People

1 "Now these are the 1ordinances which you are to set before them: 2 "If you buy 2a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3 "If he comes aalone, he shall go out balone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 "If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out calone. 5 "But 3if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,' 6 then his master shall bring him to dGod, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently. 7 "4If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to ego free 5as the male slaves fdo. 8 "If she is gdispleasing in the eyes of her master hwho designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his iunfairness to her. 9 "If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10 "If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her jfood, her clothing, or 6her conjugal rights. 11 "If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.

Personal Injuries

12 "7He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. 13 "8But kif he did not lie in wait for him, but 9God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee. 14 "10If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die. 15 "He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. 16 "11He who lkidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his mpossession, shall surely be put to death. 17 "12He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. 18 "If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but nremains in bed, 19 if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his oloss of time, and pshall take care of him until he is completely healed. 20 "If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies qat his hand, he shall rbe punished. 21 "If, however, he ssurvives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; 13for he is his tproperty. 22 "If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that ushe gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman's husband vmay demand of him, and he shall 14pay was the judges decide. 23 "But if there is any further injury, 15then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, 24 16eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, xbruise for bruise. 26 "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. 27 "And if he yknocks out a tooth of his male or female slave , he shall let him go free on account of his tooth. 28 "If an ox gores a man or a woman zto death, 17the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished. 29 "If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death. 30 "If a ransom is aademanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is bbdemanded of him. 31 "Whether it gores a son or cca daughter, it shall be done to him according to ddthe same rule. 32 "If the ox gores a male or female slave , eethe owner shall give his or her master 18thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned. 33 "If a man opens a pit, or ffdigs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall gggive money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his. 35 "If one man's ox hurts another's so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its price equally; and also they shall divide the dead ox. 36 "Or if it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.
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