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Exodus 21 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "These are the laws that you are to place before them: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 "When you buy a Hebrew slave, he will serve six years. The seventh year he goes free, for 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 came in single he leaves single. If he came in married he leaves with his wife. 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 master gives him a wife and she gave him sons and daughters, the wife and children stay with the master and he leaves 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 suppose the slave should say, 'I love my master and my wife and children - I don't want my freedom,' 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 is to bring him before God and to a door or doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl, a sign that he is a 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 to be a handmaid, she doesn't go free after six years like the men. 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, her family must buy her back; her master doesn't have the right to sell her to foreigners since he broke his word to 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 If he turns her over to his son, he has to treat her like a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If he marries another woman, she retains all her full rights to meals, clothing, and marital relations. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 If he won't do any of these three things for her, she goes free, for nothing. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 "If someone hits another and death results, the penalty is death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 But if there was no intent to kill - if it was an accident, an 'act of God' - I'll set aside a place to which the killer can flee for refuge. 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 the murder was premeditated, cunningly plotted, then drag the killer away, even if it's from my Altar, to be 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 "If someone hits father or mother, the penalty is death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "If someone kidnaps a person, the penalty is death, regardless of whether the person has been sold or is still held in possession. 16 "Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
17 "If someone curses father or mother, the penalty is death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "If a quarrel breaks out and one hits the other with a rock or a fist and the injured one doesn't die but is confined to 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 and then later gets better and can get about on a crutch, the one who hit him is in the clear, except to pay for the loss of time and make sure of complete 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 "If a slave owner hits a slave, male or female, with a stick and the slave dies on the spot, the slave must be avenged. 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 survives a day or two, he's not to be avenged - 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 there's a fight and in the fight a pregnant woman is hit so that she miscarries but is not otherwise hurt, the one responsible has to pay whatever the husband demands in compensation. 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 damage, then you must give 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, bruise for bruise. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "If a slave owner hits the eye of a slave or handmaid and ruins it, the owner must let the slave 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 If the owner knocks out the tooth of the male or female slave, the slave must be released and go free because 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 "If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox must be stoned. The meat cannot be eaten but the owner of the ox is in the clear. 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 ox has a history of goring and the owner knew it and did nothing to guard against it, then if the ox kills a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned and the owner given the death penalty. 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 a ransom is agreed upon instead of death, he must pay it in full as a redemption for his life. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 If a son or daughter is gored, the same judgment holds. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If it is a slave or a handmaid the ox gores, thirty shekels of silver is to be paid to the owner and the ox 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 "If someone uncovers a cistern or digs a pit and leaves it open and an ox or 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 pit must pay whatever the animal is worth to its owner but can 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 "If someone's ox injures a neighbor's ox and the ox dies, they must sell the live ox and split the price; they must also split the dead animal. 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 had a history of goring and the owner knew it and did nothing to guard against it, the owner must pay an ox for an ox but can 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.