Exodus 21 ©
1 Laws concerning the release of menservants, and concerning the servant whose ear is bored; 7 concerning womenservants; 12 murder and manslaughter; 15 smiters of parents; 16 stealers of men; 17 cursers of parents; 18 smiting without loss of life; 20 smiting of servants to death; 22 a hurt by chance to a woman with child; 26 the loss of a servant's eye or tooth; 28 an ox that goreth a man or woman; 33 harm occasioned by leaving a pit uncovered; or by one man's ox hurting the ox of another man.
bIf thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out cfree for nothing.
If he came in by 1himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
If his master have given him da wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
Then his master shall bring him unto fthe judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall gbore his ear through with an *aul; and he shall serve him hfor ever.
If she 3please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a *strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
But if a man come ppresumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
¶And he that qsmiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
¶And if men strive together, and one smite 5another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:
¶And if a man smite his uservant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely 7punished.
Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
¶If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet vno 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.
And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give wlife for life,
Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
¶If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then zthe ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be *quit.
Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.
If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master cthirty shekels of silver, and the dox shall be stoned.
¶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 fall therein;
¶And if one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide.
Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own.