21:1 Now these [are] the judgments which thou shalt set before
21:2 If thou shalt buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall
serve: and in the seventh he shall depart free for nothing.
21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall depart by himself: if he
was married, then his wife shall depart with him.
21:4 If his master hath given him a wife, and she hath borne him
sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her
master's, and he shall depart by himself.
21:5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my
wife, and my children; I will not depart free:
21:6 Then his master shall bring him to the judges; he shall
also bring him to the door, or to the door-post: and his master
shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him
21:7 And if a man shall sell his daughter to be a maid-servant,
she shall not depart as the men-servants do.
21:8 If she shall not please her master, who hath betrothed her
to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her to a
strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt
deceitfully with her.
21:9 And if he hath betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with
her after the manner of daughters.
21:10 If he shall take him another [wife]; her food, her
raiment, and her duty of marriage shall he not diminish.
21:11 And if he shall not perform these three to her, then shall
she depart free without money.
21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he dieth, shall be surely
put to death.
21:13 And if a man shall not lie in wait, but God shall deliver
[him] into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither
he shall flee.
21:14 But if a man shall come presumptuously upon his neighbor,
to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from my altar, that
he may die.
21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be
surely put to death.
21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he
shall be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall
surely be put to death.
21:18 And if men contend together, and one shall smite another
with a stone, or with [his] fist, and he shall not die, but
keep [his] bed:
21:19 If he shall rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff,
then shall he that smote [him] be quit: only he shall pay [for]
the loss of his time, and shall cause [him] to be thoroughly
21:20 And if a man shall smite his servant, or his maid, with a
rod, and he shall die under his hand; he shall be surely
21:21 Notwithstanding, if he shall continue a day or two, he
shall not be punished; for he [is] his money.
21:22 If men shall contend, and hurt a woman with child, so that
her fruit shall depart [from her], and yet no mischief follow:
he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband
will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges [determine].
21:23 And if [any] mischief shall follow, then thou shalt give
life for life,
21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for
21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
21:26 And if a man shall smite the eye of his servant, or the
eye of his maid, that it shall perish; he shall let him go free
for his eye's sake.
21:27 And if he shall smite out his man-servant's tooth, or his
maid-servant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's
21:28 If an ox shall gore a man or a woman, that they die: then
the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be
eaten; but the owner of the ox [shall be] quit.
21:29 But if the ox was accustomed to push with his horn in time
past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not
restrained him, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the
ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
21:30 If there shall be laid on him a sum of money, then he
shall give for the ransom of his life whatever is laid upon
21:31 Whether he hath gored a son, or hath gored a daughter,
according to this judgment shall it be done to him.
21:32 If the ox shall push a man-servant, or maid-servant; he
shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox
shall be stoned.
21:33 And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a
pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass shall fall into it;
21:34 The owner of the pit shall make compensation, [and] give
money to the owner of them; and the dead [beast] shall be his.
21:35 And if one man's ox shall hurt another's that he shall
die, then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of
it, and the dead [ox] also they shall divide.
21:36 Or if it shall be known that the ox hath used to push in
time past, and his owner hath not restrained him; he shall
surely pay ox for ox, and the dead shall be his own.