Exodus 21:34

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

Read Exodus 21:34 Using Other Translations

The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.
the owner of the pit shall make restoration. He shall give money to its owner, and the dead beast shall be his.
The owner of the pit must pay full compensation to the owner of the animal, but then he gets to keep the dead animal.

What does Exodus 21:34 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.
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