Exodus 22 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 If a man takes without right another man's ox or his sheep, and puts it to death or gets a price for it, he is to give five oxen for an ox, or four sheep for a sheep, in payment: the thief will have to make payment for what he has taken; if he has no money, he himself will have to be exchanged for money, so that payment may be made. 1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it, he must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
2 If a thief is taken in the act of forcing his way into a house, and his death is caused by a blow, the owner of the house is not responsible for his blood. 2 "If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;
3 But if it is after dawn, he will be responsible. 3 but if it happens after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed. "A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft.
4 If he still has what he had taken, whatever it is, ox or ass or sheep, he is to give twice its value. 4 "If the stolen animal is found alive in his possession--whether ox or donkey or sheep--he must pay back double.
5 If a man makes a fire in a field or a vine-garden, and lets the fire do damage to another man's field, he is to give of the best produce of his field or his vine-garden to make up for it. 5 "If a man grazes his livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in another man's field, he must make restitution from the best of his own field or vineyard.
6 If there is a fire and the flames get to the thorns at the edge of the field, causing destruction of the cut grain or of the living grain, or of the field, he who made the fire will have to make up for the damage. 6 "If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.
7 If a man puts money or goods in the care of his neighbour to keep for him, and it is taken from the man's house, if they get the thief, he will have to make payment of twice the value. 7 "If a man gives his neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor's house, the thief, if he is caught, must pay back double.
8 If they do not get the thief, let the master of the house come before the judges and take an oath that he has not put his hand on his neighbour's goods. 8 But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges to determine whether he has laid his hands on the other man's property.
9 In any question about an ox or an ass or a sheep or clothing, or about the loss of any property which anyone says is his, let the two sides put their cause before God; and he who is judged to be in the wrong is to make payment to his neighbour of twice the value. 9 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, 'This is mine,' both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to his neighbor.
10 If a man puts an ass or an ox or a sheep or any beast into the keeping of his neighbour, and it comes to death or is damaged or is taken away, without any person seeing it: 10 "If a man gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to his neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking,
11 If he takes his oath before the Lord that he has not put his hand to his neighbour's goods, the owner is to take his word for it and he will not have to make payment for it. 11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person's property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required.
12 But if it is taken from him by a thief, he is to make up for the loss of it to its owner. 12 But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, he must make restitution to the owner.
13 But if it has been damaged by a beast, and he is able to make this clear, he will not have to make payment for what was damaged. 13 If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, he shall bring in the remains as evidence and he will not be required to pay for the torn animal.
14 If a man gets from his neighbour the use of one of his beasts, and it is damaged or put to death when the owner is not with it, he will certainly have to make payment for the loss. 14 "If a man borrows an animal from his neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, he must make restitution.
15 If the owner is with it, he will not have to make payment: if he gave money for the use of it, the loss is covered by the payment. 15 But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.
16 If a man takes a virgin, who has not given her word to another man, and has connection with her, he will have to give a bride-price for her to be his wife. 16 "If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife.
17 If her father will not give her to him on any account, he will have to give the regular payment for virgins. 17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.
18 Any woman using unnatural powers or secret arts is to be put to death. 18 "Do not allow a sorceress to live.
19 Any man who has sex connection with a beast is to be put to death. 19 "Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.
20 Complete destruction will come on any man who makes offerings to any other god but the Lord. 20 "Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.
21 Do no wrong to a man from a strange country, and do not be hard on him; for you yourselves were living in a strange country, in the land of Egypt. 21 "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.
22 Do no wrong to a widow, or to a child whose father is dead. 22 "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan.
23 If you are cruel to them in any way, and their cry comes up to me, I will certainly give ear; 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.
24 And in the heat of my wrath I will put you to death with the sword, so that your wives will be widows and your children without fathers. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
25 If you let any of the poor among my people have the use of your money, do not be a hard creditor to him, and do not take interest. 25 "If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest.
26 If ever you take your neighbour's clothing in exchange for the use of your money, let him have it back before the sun goes down: 26 If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset,
27 For it is the only thing he has for covering his skin; what is he to go to sleep in? and when his cry comes up to me, I will give ear, for my mercy is great. 27 because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
28 You may not say evil of the judges, or put a curse on the ruler of your people. 28 "Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.
29 Do not keep back your offerings from the wealth of your grain and your vines. The first of your sons you are to give to me. 29 "Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. "You must give me the firstborn of your sons.
30 In the same way with your oxen and your sheep: for seven days let the young one be with its mother; on the eighth day give it to me. 30 Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.
31 You are to be holy men to me: the flesh of no animal whose death has been caused by the beasts of the field may be used for your food; it is to be given to the dogs. 31 "You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.