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1 These are the case laws that you should set before them: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 When you buy a male Hebrew slave, he will serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he will go free without any payment. 2 "If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
3 If he came in single, he will leave single. If he came in married, then his wife will leave with him. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
4 If his master gave him a wife and she bore him sons or daughters, the wife and her children will belong to her master. He will leave single. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
5 However, if the slave clearly states, "I love my master, my wife, and my children, and I don't want to go free," 5 "But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,'
6 then his master will bring him before God. He will bring him to the door or the doorpost. There his master will pierce his ear with a pointed tool, and he will serve him as his slave for life. 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
7 When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shouldn't be set free in the same way as male slaves are set free. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 If she doesn't please her master who chose her for himself, then her master must let her be bought back by her family. He has no right to sell her to a foreign people since he has treated her unfairly. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.
9 If he assigns her to his son, he must give her the rights of a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If he takes another woman for himself, he may not reduce her food, clothing, or marital rights. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 If he doesn't do these three things for her, she will go free without any payment, for no money. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 Anyone who hits and kills someone should be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 If the killing wasn't on purpose but an accident allowed by God, then I will designate a place to which the killer can run away. 13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate.
14 But if someone plots and kills another person on purpose, you should remove the killer from my altar and put him to death. 14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.
15 Anyone who violently hits their father or mother should be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 Anyone who kidnaps a person, whether they have been sold or are still being held, should be put to death. 16 "Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
17 Anyone who curses their father or mother should be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 When two people are fighting and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist so that he is in bed for a while but doesn't die— 18 "If men quarrel and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist and he does not die but is confined to bed,
19 if he recovers and is able to walk around outside with a cane, then the one who hit him shouldn't be punished, except to pay for the loss of time from work and to pay for his full recovery. 19 the one who struck the blow will not be held responsible if the other gets up and walks around outside with his staff; however, he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and see that he is completely healed.
20 When a slave owner hits a male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies immediately, the owner should be punished. 20 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished,
21 But if the slave gets up after a day or two, the slave owner shouldn't be punished because the slave is the owner's property. 21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
22 When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage but no other injury occurs, then the guilty party will be fined what the woman's husband demands, as negotiated with the judges. 22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.
23 If there is further injury, then you will give a life for a life, 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 a burn for a burn, a bruise for a bruise, a wound for a wound. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 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. 26 "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.
27 If he knocks out a tooth of a male or female slave, he should let the slave go free on account of the tooth. 27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.
28 When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox should be stoned to death, and the meat of the ox shouldn't be eaten. But the owner of the ox shouldn't be punished. 28 "If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.
29 However, if the ox had gored people in the past and its owner had been warned but didn't watch out for it, and the ox ends up killing a man or a woman, then the ox should be stoned to death, and its owner should also be put to death. 29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner also must be put to death.
30 If the owner has to pay compensation instead, he must pay the agreed amount to save his life. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 If the ox gores a boy or a girl, this same case law applies to the owner. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner will pay thirty silver shekels to the slave's owner, and the ox will be stoned to death. 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.
33 When someone leaves a pit open or digs a pit and doesn't cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into the pit, 33 "If a man uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 the owner of the pit must make good on the loss. He should pay money to the ox's owner, but he may keep the dead animal. 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
35 When someone's ox hurts someone else's ox and it dies, then they should sell the live ox and divide its price. They should also divide the dead animal between them. 35 "If a man's bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.
36 But if the ox was known for goring in the past and its owner hadn't watched out for it, the owner must make good the loss, an ox for an ox, but may keep the dead animal. 36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and the dead animal will be his.