Exodus 21:34

34 the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.

Exodus 21:34 in Other Translations

KJV
34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.
ESV
34 the owner of the pit shall make restoration. He shall give money to its owner, and the dead beast shall be his.
NLT
34 The owner of the pit must pay full compensation to the owner of the animal, but then he gets to keep the dead animal.
MSG
34 the owner of the pit must pay whatever the animal is worth to its owner but can keep the dead animal.
CSB
34 the owner of the pit must give compensation; he must pay money to its owner, but the dead animal will become his.

Exodus 21:34 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 21:34

The owner of the pit shall make it good
Repair the loss of the ox or ass:

and give the money unto the owner of them:
the price of them, what they are worth: the Targum of Jonathan is,

``the owner of the pit shall pay the silver, he shall return to its owner the price of the ox or ass:''

and the dead beast shall be his;
either the owner of the pit; who pays the full value for the ox or ass killed, which seems but reasonable; or

``the injured person as Jarchi, for he says, they reckon or estimate the carcass, and he takes it for the price;''

that is, for part of the price it is valued at.

Exodus 21:34 In-Context

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 is to be stoned to death.
33 “If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.
35 “If anyone’s bull injures someone else’s bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.
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 take the dead animal in exchange.