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Exodus 21:12-36

Personal Injuries

12 "1He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
13 "2But if he did not lie in wait for him, but 3God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.
14 "4If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.
15 "He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
16 "5He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.
17 "6He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
18 "If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but remains in bed,
19 if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his loss of time, and shall take care of him until he is completely healed.
20 "If a man strikes his male or female slave * with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished.
21 "If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; 7for he is his property.
22 "If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman's husband may demand of him, and he shall 8pay as the judges decide.
23 "But if there is any further injury, 9then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life,
24 10eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave *, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.
27 "And if he knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave *, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.
28 "If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, 11the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.
29 "If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.
30 "If a ransom is demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever * is demanded of him.
31 "Whether it gores a son or a daughter, it shall be done to him according to the same rule.
32 "If the ox gores a male or female slave *, the owner shall give his or her master 12thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
33 "If a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.
35 "If one man's ox hurts another's so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its price equally; and also they shall divide the dead ox.
36 "Or if it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.