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Exodus 21 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and 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 comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out 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 has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out 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 the servant plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out 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 shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him 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 "And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the 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 does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully 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 he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. 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 a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die. 14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.
15 "And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 "He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely 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 "And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 "If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his 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 he rises again and walks about outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly 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 "And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely 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 Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he 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 "If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 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 follows, then you shall 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, stripe for stripe. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his 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 he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his 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, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted. 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 tended to thrust with its horn in times past, and it has been made known to his owner, and he has not kept it confined, so that it has killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall 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 If there is imposed on him a sum of money, then he shall pay to redeem his life, whatever is imposed on him. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 Whether it has gored a son or gored a daughter, according to this judgment it shall be done to him. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall 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 "And if a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in 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 shall make it good; he shall give money to their owner, but the dead animal shall 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 "If one man's ox hurts another's, so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money from it; and the dead ox they shall also divide. 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 Or if it was known that the ox tended to thrust in time past, and its owner has not kept it confined, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall be his own. 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.