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Exodus 21 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 [The LORD continued,] "Here are the legal decisions to be used by the Israelites: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 "Whenever you buy a Hebrew slave, he will be your slave for six years. In the seventh year he may leave as a free man, without paying for his freedom. 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 comes to you by himself, he must leave by himself. If he comes as a married man, his wife may 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 gives him a wife and she gives birth to sons or daughters, the wife and her children belong to the master, and the slave must leave by himself. 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 But if he makes this statement: 'I hereby declare my love for my master, my wife, and my children. I don't want to leave as a free man,' 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 must bring him to God. The master must bring him to the door or the doorframe and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be 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 "Whenever a man sells his daughter into slavery, she will not go free the way male slaves do. 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 the master who has chosen her as a wife, he must let her be bought back by one of her close relatives. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, 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 But if he has chosen her for his son, he must treat her like a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If that son marries another woman, he must not deprive the first wife of food, clothes, or sex. 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 give her these three things, she can go free, without paying any money for her freedom. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 "Whoever strikes someone and kills him must be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 If it wasn't done intentionally, but God let it happen, the killer should flee to a place I will set aside for you. 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 whenever someone becomes so angry that he plans to kill his neighbor, you must take him away 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 "Whoever hits his father or mother must be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "Whoever kidnaps another person must be put to death, whether he has sold the kidnapped person or still has him. 16 "Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
17 "Whoever curses his father or mother must be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "This is what you must do whenever men quarrel and one hits the other with a rock or with his fist and injures him so that he has to stay in bed. 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 the injured man can get up again and walk around outside with a cane, the one who hit him must not be punished. He must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and for all his medical expenses. 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 "Whenever an owner hits his male or female slave with a stick so that the slave dies from the beating, the owner must 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 in a day or two, the owner must not be punished. The slave is his 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 "This is what you must do whenever men fight and injure a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely. If there are no other injuries, the offender must pay whatever fine the court allows the woman's husband to demand. 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 anyone is injured, the offender must pay 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 "Whenever an owner hits his male or female slave in the eye and the slave is blinded, he must let the slave go free to make up for the loss 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 the owner knocks out the tooth of his male or female slave, he must let the slave go free to make up for the loss 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 "Whenever a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat may not be eaten. The bull's owner is free from any liability. 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 But if the bull has had the habit of goring, and the owner has been warned but has not kept it confined, and it kills a man or a woman, then the bull must be stoned and its owner must be put to death, too. 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 However, if only a cash settlement is demanded from the owner, the bull's owner may save his life by paying whatever price is demanded of him. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 If the bull gores someone's son or daughter, this same ruling applies. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, its owner must pay 12 ounces of silver to the slave's master, and the bull must be stoned. 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 "Whenever someone opens up a cistern or digs a new one and doesn't cover it and a bull or a donkey falls into it, 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 cistern must make up for the loss. He must pay money to the animal's owner, and then the dead animal will be his. 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
35 "Whenever one person's bull kills another person's bull, they must sell the live bull and divide the money between them. They must divide the dead bull, too. 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 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, and its owner didn't keep it confined, the owner must make up for the loss--bull for bull--and then the dead bull will be his." 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.