Ordinances for the People
2 ¶ “If° you buy° aa Hebrew° slave°, he shall serve° for six° years°; but on the seventh° he shall go° out as a free° man° without° payment°. 3 If° he comes° Ialone°, he shall go° out Ialone°; if° he is the husband° of a wife°, then his wife° shall go° out with him. 4 If° his master° gives° him a wife°, and she bears° him sons° or° daughters°, the wife° and her children° shall belong° to her master°, and he shall go° out Ialone°. 5 But aif° the slave° plainly° says°, ‘I love° my master°, my wife° and my children°; I will not go° out as a free° man°,’ 6 then his master° shall bring° him to IGod°, then he shall bring° him to the door° or° the doorpost°. And his master° shall pierce° his ear° with an awl°; and he shall serve° him permanently°.
 aLv 25:39-43; Dt 15:12-18; Jr 34:14
 ILit by himself
 ILit by himself
 aDt 15:16, 17
 IOr the judges who acted in God’s name
7 ¶ “aIf° a man° sells° his daughter° as a female° slave°, she is not to Igo° free° bas the male° slaves° Ido°. 8 If° she is Idispleasing° in the eyes° of her master° IIwho° designated° her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed°. He does not have° authority° to sell° her to a foreign° people° because of his IIIunfairness° to her. 9 If° he designates° her for his son°, he shall deal° with her according to the custom° of daughters°. 10 If° he takes° to himself another° woman°, he may not reduce° her Ifood°, her clothing°, or aher conjugal° rights°. 11 If° he will not do° these° three° [things] for her, then she shall go° out for nothing°, without° [payment of] money°.
 ILit go out aNe 5:5 bEx 21:2, 3
 ILit bad IIAnother reading is so that he did not designate her IIILit dealing treacherously
 ILit flesh a1Co 7:3, 5
12 ¶ “aHe who strikes° a man° so that he dies° shall surely° be put° to death°. 13 aBut Iif° he did not lie° in wait° [for him], but bGod° let° [him] fall° into his hand°, then I will appoint° you a place° to which° he may flee°. 14 aIf°, 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°.
 aGn 9:6; Lv 24:17; Nu 35:30; Mt 26:52
 ILit he who aNu 35:10-34; Dt 19:1-13; Jsh 20:1-9 b1S 24:4, 10, 18
 aDt 19:11, 12; 1K 2:28-34
18 ¶ “If° men° have° a quarrel° and one° strikes° the other° with a stone° or° with [his] fist°, and he does not die° but Iremains° 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 Iloss° of time°, and IIshall 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° Iat his hand°, he shall IIbe punished°. 21 If°, however°, he Isurvives° a day° or° two, no° vengeance° shall be taken°; afor he is his IIproperty°.
22 ¶ “If° men° struggle° with each other and strike° a woman° with child° so that Ishe gives° birth° prematurely°, yet there is no° injury°, he shall surely° be fined° as the woman’s° husband° IImay demand° of him, and he shall apay° IIIas the judges° [decide]. 23 But if° there is [any further] injury°, athen you shall appoint° [as a penalty] life° for life°, 24 aeye° for eye°, tooth° for tooth°, hand° for hand°, foot° for foot°, 25 burn° for burn°, wound° for wound°, Ibruise° for bruise°.
 IOr an untimely birth occurs; lit her children come out IILit lays on him IIILit by arbitration aEx 21:30; Dt 22:18, 19
 aLv 24:19; Dt 19:21
 aLv 24:20; Dt 19:21; Mt 5:38
 ILit welt
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 Iknocks° 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° Ito death°, athe 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 Idemanded° of him, then he shall give° for the redemption° of his life° whatever°° is Idemanded° of him. 31 Whether° it gores° a son° or° Ia daughter°, it shall be done° to him according to IIthe same° rule°. 32 If° the ox° gores° a male° or° female° slave°°, Ithe owner shall give° his [or her] master° athirty° shekels° of silver°, and the ox° shall be stoned°.
 ILit so that he dies aGn 9:5; Ex 21:32
 ILit laid on him
 ILit gores a daughter IILit this judgment
 ILit he aZc 11:12; Mt 26:15; 27:3, 9
33 ¶ “If° a man° opens° a pit°, or° Idigs° 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 Igive° 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.
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Laws for menservants.
1 ¶ Now these² [are] the judgmentsº which² thou shalt setºª beforeº them. 2 If² thou buyºª an Hebrewº servant,º sixº yearsº he shall serve:ºª and in the seventhº he shall go outºª freeº for nothing.º 3 If² he came inºª by himself,º he shall go outºª by himself:º if² he² were married,ºº then his wifeº shall go outºª with² him. 4 If² his masterº have givenºª him a wife,º and she have bornºª him sonsº or² daughters;º the wifeº and her childrenº shall be² her master's,º and he² shall go outºª by himself.º
 Ex 19:7; 24:3; Lv 18:5, 26; 19:37; 20:22; Nu 35:24; 36:13; Dt 4:5, 8, 14, 45; 5:1, 31; 6:20; 1K 6:12; 2Ch 19:10; Ne 9:13; 10:29; Ps 147:19; Ezk 20:11, 25; Mal 4:4; Mt 28:20; 1Th 4:1.
 Gn 27:28, 36; Ex 12:44; 22:3; Lv 25:39, 40, 44, 45; Dt 15:1, 12, 18; 31:10; 2K 4:1; Ne 5:1, 8; Jr 34:8; Mt 18:25; 1Co 6:20.
 Dt 15:12.
 Gn 14:14; 15:3; 17:13, 27; 18:19; Ex 4:22; Ec 2:7; Jr 2:14.
For the servant whose ear is bored.
5 And if² the servantº shall plainly¹ª say,ºª I loveºª² my master,º² my wife,º and my children;º I will not² go outºª free:º 6 Then his masterº shall bringºª him unto² the judges;º he shall also bringºª him to² the door,º or² unto² the door post;º and his masterº shall bore¹ª his ear¹ through²²² with an aul;º and he shall serveºª him for ever.º
 Dt 15:16; Is 26:13; 2Co 5:14.
 Ex 12:12; 18:21; 21:22; 22:8, 28; Lv 25:23, 40; Nu 25:5; Dt 1:16; 15:17; 16:18; 19:17; 1S 1:22; 8:1; 27:12; 28:2; 1K 12:7; Ps 40:6; Is 1:26; Zp 3:3.
For women servants.
7 ¶ And if² a manº sellºª² his daughterº to be a maidservant,º she shall not² go outºª as the menservantsº do.ºª 8 If² she please¹¹ not²² her master,º who² hath betrothedºª² her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed:ºª to sellºª her unto a strangeº nationº he shall have no² power,ºª seeing he hath dealt deceitfullyºª with her. 9 And if² he have betrothedºª her unto his son,º he shall dealºª with her after the mannerº of daughters.º 10 If² he takeºª him anotherº [wife]; her food,º her raiment,º and her duty of marriage,º shall he not² diminish.ºª 11 And if² he doºª not² these² threeº unto her, then shall she go outºª freeº without² money.º
 Ex 21:2; Ne 5:5.
 Gn 28:8; Ex 8:29; Dt 20:7; 21:11; Jg 9:19; 14:3; 1S 8:6; 18:8; Jb 6:15; Mal 2:11.
 Gn 38:11; Ex 22:17; Lv 22:13.
 1Co 7:1.
 Ex 21:2.
12 ¶ He that smitethºª a man,º so that he die,ºª shall be surely¹ª put to death.ºª 13 And if² a man lie not in wait,ºª² but Godº deliverºª [him] into his hand;º then I will appointºª thee a placeº whither²² he shall flee.ºª 14 But if² a manº come presumptuouslyºª upon² his neighbour,º to slayºª him with guile;º thou shalt takeºª him from²² mine altar,º that he may die.ºª
 Gn 9:6; Ex 20:13; Lv 24:17; Nu 35:16, 30; Dt 19:11; 2S 12:13; Mt 26:52.
 Nu 35:11, 22; Dt 4:41; 19:1, 4, 9, 11; Jsh 20:2; 1S 24:4, 10, 18; 2S 16:10; Is 10:7; Mi 7:2.
 Nu 15:30; 35:20; Dt 1:43; 17:12; 18:22; 19:11; 27:24; 2S 3:27; 20:9; 1K 1:50; 2:28, 29; 2K 11:15; Ps 19:13; He 10:26; 2P 2:10.
For stealers of men.
For cursers of parents.
18 ¶ And if² men¹² strive¹ª together,² and oneº smiteºª² anotherº with a stone,º orº with [his] fist,º and he dieºª not,² but keepethºª [his] bed:º 19 If² he rise again,ºª and walkºª abroadº upon² his staff,º then shall he that smoteºª [him] be quit:ºª only² he shall payºª [for] the loss of his time,º and shall cause [him] to be thoroughly¹ª healed.ºª
20 ¶ And if² a manº smiteºª² his servant,º or²² his maid,º with a rod,º and he dieºª under² his hand;º he shall be surely¹ª punished.ºª 21 Notwithstanding,º if² he continueºª a dayº or² two,¹² he shall not² be punished:ºª for² he² [is] his money.º
For a hurt by chance.
22 ¶ If² men¹² strive,ºª and hurtºª a womanº with child,º so that her fruitº departºª [from her], and yet no² mischief² follow:¹² he shall be surely¹ª punished,ºª according as² the woman'sº husbandº will layºª upon² him; and he shall payºª as the judgesº [determine]. 23 And if² [any] mischief² follow,¹² then thou shalt giveºª lifeº for² life,º 24 Eyeº for² eye,º toothº for² tooth,º handº for² hand,º footº for² foot,º 25 Burningº for² burning,º woundº for² wound,º stripeº for² stripe.º
 Ex 21:18, 30; Dt 16:18; 22:18.
 Nu 35:31.
 Ex 21:26; Lv 24:19; Dt 19:21; Jg 1:6; 1S 15:33; Mt 5:38; 7:2; Lk 6:38; Rv 16:6.
26 ¶ And if² a manº smiteºª² the eyeº of his servant,º or²² the eyeº of his maid,º that it perish;ºª he shall let him goºª freeº for¹ his eye's¹ sake.²² 27 And if² he smite¹ª out² his manservant'sº tooth,º or² his maidservant'sº tooth;º he shall let him goºª freeº for his tooth's¹ sake.²²
 Ex 21:20; Dt 16:19; Ne 5:5; Jb 31:13; Ps 9:12; 10:14, 18; 72:12; Pv 22:22; Ep 6:9; Col 4:1.
 Ex 21:19.
For an ox that goreth.
28 ¶ If² an oxº goreºª² a manº or²² a woman,º that they die:ºª then the oxº shall be surely¹ª stoned,ºª and² his fleshº shall not² be eaten;ºª but the ownerº of the oxº [shall be] quit.º 29 But if² the oxº were wont to push with his hornº in time past,ºº² and it hath been testifiedºª to his owner,º and he hath not² kept¹ª him in,² but that he hath killedºª a manº or² a woman;º the oxº shall be stoned,ºª and his ownerº also² shall be put to death.ºª 30 If² there be laidºª on² him a sum of money,º then he shall giveºª for the ransomº of his lifeº whatsoever²² is laidºª upon² him. 31 Whether² he have goredºª a son,º orº have goredºª a daughter,º according to this² judgmentº shall it be doneºª unto him. 32 If² the oxº shall pushºª a manservantº or² a maidservant;º he shall giveºª unto their masterº thirtyº shekelsº of silver,º and the oxº shall be stoned.ºª
 Gn 9:5; Ex 21:32; Lv 20:15.
 Dt 21:1.
 Ex 21:22; 30:12; Nu 35:31; Pv 13:8.
 Ex 21:31.
 Gn 37:28; Ex 21:28; Zc 11:12; Mt 26:15; 27:3; Php 2:7.
For him that is an occasion of harm.
33 ¶ And if² a manº shall openºª a pit,º or² if² a manº shall digºª a pit,º and not² coverºª it, and an oxº or² an assº fallºª therein;² 34 The ownerº of the pitº shall make [it] good,ºª [and] giveºª moneyº unto the ownerº of them; and the deadºª [beast] shall be² his.
35 ¶ And if² one man'sº oxº hurtºª² another's,º² that he die;ºª then they shall sellºª² the liveº ox,º and divideºª² the moneyº of it; and² the deadºª [ox] also² they shall divide.ºª 36 Or² if it be knownºª that² the oxº hath used to pushº in time past,ºº² and his ownerº hath not² kept¹ª him in;² he shall surely¹ª payºª oxº for² ox;º and the deadºª shall be² his own.
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