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1 Then God said to Moses, "These are the laws for living that you will give to the Israelites: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he will serve you for six years. In the seventh year you are to set him free, and he will have to pay nothing. 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 is not married when he becomes your slave, he must leave without a wife. But if he is married when he becomes your slave, he may take his wife 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 the slave's master gives him a wife, and she gives birth to sons or daughters, the woman and her children will belong to the master. When the slave is set free, only he may leave. 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 the slave says, '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 the slave's master must take him to God. The master is to take him to a door or doorframe and punch a hole through the slave's ear using a sharp tool. Then the slave will serve that master all his 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 "If a man sells his daughter as a slave, the rules for setting her free are different from the rules for setting the male slaves free. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 If the master wanted to marry her but then decided he was not pleased with her, he must let one of her close relatives buy her back. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because 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 the man who bought her promises to let the woman marry his son, he must treat her as a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If the man who bought her marries another woman, he must not keep his first wife from having food or clothing or sexual relations. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 If he does not give her these three things, she may go free, and she owes him 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 a person and kills him must be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 But if a person kills someone accidentally, God allowed that to happen, so the person must go to a place I will choose. 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 plans and murders another person on purpose, put him to death, even if he has run to my altar for safety. 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 hits his father or his mother must be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "Anyone who kidnaps someone and either sells him as a slave or still has him when he is caught must 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 says cruel things to his father or mother must be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "If two men argue, and one hits the other with a rock or with his fist, the one who is hurt but not killed might have 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 Later if he is able to get up and walk around outside with his walking stick, the one who hit him is not to be punished. But he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time, and he must support the injured man until he is completely healed. 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 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a stick, and the slave dies on the spot, 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 well after a day or two, the owner will not be punished since the slave belongs to him. 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 "Suppose two men are fighting and hit a pregnant woman, causing the baby to come out. If there is no further injury, the man who caused the accident must pay money -- whatever amount the woman's husband says and the court allows. 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 But if there is further injury, then the punishment that must be paid is life for life, 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, and bruise for bruise. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "If a man hits his male or female slave in the eye, and the eye is blinded, the man is to free the slave to pay for 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 a master knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, the man is to free the slave to pay for 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 "If a man's bull kills a man or woman, you must kill that bull by throwing stones at it, and you should not eat the bull. But the owner of the bull is not guilty. 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, suppose the bull has hurt people in the past and the owner, though warned, did not keep it in a pen. Then if it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned to death, and the owner must 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 But if the family of the dead person accepts money, the one who owned the bull may buy back his life, but he must pay whatever is demanded. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 Use this same law if the bull kills a person's son or daughter. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the bull kills a male or female slave, the owner must pay the master the price for a new slave, or twelve ounces of silver, and the bull must also 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 "If a man takes the cover off a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it, and another man's ox or donkey comes and 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 pit must pay the owner of the animal for the loss. The dead animal will belong to the one who pays. 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
35 "If a man's bull kills another man's bull, they must sell the bull that is alive. Both men will get half of the money and half of the bull that was killed. 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 a person's bull has hurt other animals in the past and the owner did not keep it in a pen, that owner must pay bull for bull, and the dead animal is 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.