Exodus 21 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Here are the laws you must explain to the people of Israel. 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 "Suppose you buy a Hebrew servant. He must serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, you must set him free. He does not have to pay anything. 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 does not have a wife when he comes, he must go free alone. But if he has a wife when he comes, she must go 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 Suppose his master gives him a wife. And suppose she has sons or daughters by him. Then only the man will go free. The woman and her children will belong to her 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 suppose the servant says, 'I love my master and my wife and children. 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 must take him to the judges. He must be taken to the door or doorpost of his master's house. His master must poke a hole through his ear lobe into the doorpost. Then he will become his servant 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 "Suppose a man sells his daughter as a servant. Then she can't go free as male servants do. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 "But what if the master who has chosen her does not like her? Then he must let the man buy her back. He has no right to sell her to strangers. He has broken his promise 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 "What if he chooses her to get married to his son? Then he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 "What if he marries another woman? He must still give the first one her food and clothes and make love to her. 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 provide her with those three things, she can go free. She does not have to pay anything. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 "You can be sure that if anyone hits and kills someone else, he will be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 Suppose he did not do it on purpose. Suppose I let it happen. Then he can escape 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 suppose he kills someone on purpose. Then 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 "If anyone attacks his father or mother, he will be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "If anyone kidnaps and sells another person, he will be put to death. If he still has the person with him when he is caught, he will 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 "If anyone calls down a curse on his father or mother, he will be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "Suppose two men get into a fight and argue with each other. One hits the other with a stone or his fist. He does not die but 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 And later he gets up and walks around outside with his walking stick. Then the man who hit him will not be held accountable. But he must pay the one who was hurt for the time he spent in bed. He must be sure that the person 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 "Suppose a man beats his male or female slave to death with a club. Then he 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 he will not be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two. After all, 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 "Suppose some men are fighting and one of them hits a pregnant woman. And suppose she has her baby early but is not badly hurt. Then the man who hurt her must pay a fine. He must pay what the woman's husband asks for 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 someone is badly hurt, a life must be taken for a life. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth. A hand must be cut off for a hand and a foot for a foot. 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 A burn must be given for a burn, a wound for a wound, and a bruise for a bruise. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "Suppose a man hits his male or female servant in the eye and destroys it. Then he must let the servant go free 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 "Suppose he knocks out the tooth of a male or female servant. Then he must let the servant go free 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 "Suppose a bull kills a man or woman with its horns. Then you must kill the bull by throwing stones at it. Its meat must not be eaten. The owner of the bull will not be held accountable. 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 suppose the bull has had the habit of attacking people. And suppose the owner has been warned but has not kept it fenced in. Then if it kills a man or woman, you must kill it with stones. 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 suppose payment is required of him instead. Then he can save his life by paying what is required. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 "The same law applies if the bull wounds a son or daughter with its horns. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 "Suppose the bull wounds a male or female slave. Then the owner must pay the slave's master 12 ounces of silver. You must kill the bull with stones. 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 a man uncovers a pit or digs one and does not cover it. And suppose 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 Then the owner of the pit must pay the animal's owner for the loss. The dead animal will belong to the owner of the pit. 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
35 "Suppose a man's bull wounds a neighbor's bull and it dies. Then they must sell the live one. And they must share the money and the dead animal equally. 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 suppose people knew that the bull had the habit of attacking. And suppose the owner did not keep it fenced in. Then he must give another animal to pay for the dead animal. The dead animal will belong to him. 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.