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Exodus 21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Here are some other instructions you must present to Israel: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing 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 was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed 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 while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. 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 the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not 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 If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. 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 will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. 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 And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. 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 hard enough to cause death must be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 But if it is an accident and God allows it to happen, I will appoint a place where the slayer can run for safety. 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 However, if someone deliberately attacks and kills another person, then the slayer must be dragged even from my altar and put 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 strikes father or mother must be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "Kidnappers must be killed, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves. 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 father or mother must be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "Now suppose two people quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone or fist, causing injury but not death. 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 person is later able to walk again, even with a crutch, the assailant will be innocent. Nonetheless, the assailant must pay for time lost because of the injury and must pay for the 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 "If a male or female slave is beaten and dies, 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 If the slave recovers after a couple of days, however, then the owner should not be punished, since 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 "Now suppose two people are fighting, and in the process, they hurt a pregnant woman so her child is born prematurely. If no further harm results, then the person responsible must pay damages in the amount the woman's husband demands and the judges approve. 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 any harm results, then the offender must be punished according to the injury. If the result is death, the offender must be executed. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it. Similarly, the payment must be 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, bruise for bruise. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "If an owner hits a male or female slave in the eye and the eye is blinded, then the slave may go free because 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 And if an owner knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave, the slave should be released in payment 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 bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull must be stoned, and its flesh may not be eaten. In such a case, however, the owner will not be held liable. 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 Suppose, on the other hand, that the owner knew the bull had gored people in the past, yet the bull was not kept under control. If this is true and if the bull kills someone, it must be stoned, and the owner must also be killed. 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, the dead person's relatives may accept payment from the owner of the bull to compensate for the loss of life. The owner will have to pay whatever is demanded. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 "The same principle applies if the bull gores a boy or a girl. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 But if the bull gores a slave, either male or female, the slave's owner is to be given thirty silver coins in payment, 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 "Suppose someone digs or uncovers a well and fails to cover it, and then an ox 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 well must pay in full for the dead animal but then gets to keep it. 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 someone's bull injures a neighbor's bull and the injured bull dies, then the two owners must sell the live bull and divide the money between them. Each will also own half of the dead bull. 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 bull was known from past experience to gore, yet its owner failed to keep it under control, the money will not be divided. The owner of the living bull must pay in full for the dead bull but then gets to keep it. 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.