“Now suppose two men quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone or fist, and the injured person does not die but is confined to bed.
If he is later able to walk outside again, even with a crutch, the assailant will not be punished but must compensate his victim for lost wages and provide for his full recovery.
“If a man beats his male or female slave with a club and the slave dies as a result, the owner must be punished.
But if the slave recovers within a day or two, then the owner shall not be punished, since the slave is his property.
“Now suppose two men are fighting, and in the process they accidentally strike a pregnant woman so she gives birth prematurely. If no further injury results, the man who struck the woman must pay the amount of compensation the woman’s husband demands and the judges approve.
But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life,
an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,
a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.
“If a man hits his male or female slave in the eye and the eye is blinded, he must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye.
And if a man knocks out the tooth of his male or female slave, he must let the slave go free to compensate for the tooth.
“If an ox gores a man or woman to death, the ox must be stoned, and its flesh may not be eaten. In such a case, however, the owner will not be held liable.
But suppose the ox had a reputation for goring, and the owner had been informed but failed to keep it under control. If the ox then kills someone, it must be stoned, and the owner must also be put to death.
However, the dead person’s relatives may accept payment to compensate for the loss of life. The owner of the ox may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
“The same regulation applies if the ox gores a boy or a girl.
But if the ox gores a slave, either male or female, the animal’s owner must pay the slave’s owner thirty silver coins, and the ox must be stoned.