Exodus

Exodus 21 ©

1Laws concerning the release of menservants, and concerning the servant whose ear is bored; 7concerning womenservants; 12murder and manslaughter; 15smiters of parents; 16stealers of men; 17cursers of parents; 18smiting without loss of life; 20smiting of servants to death; 22a hurt by chance to a woman with child; 26the loss of a servant's eye or tooth; 28an ox that goreth a man or woman; 33harm occasioned by leaving a pit uncovered; or by one man's ox hurting the ox of another man.

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NOW these are the judgments which thou shalt aset before them.

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bIf thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out cfree for nothing.

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If he came in by 1himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

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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.

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And if ethe servant 2shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

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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.

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¶And if a man isell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall jnot go out as the menservants do.

j v.2,3.
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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.

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And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her kafter the *manner of daughters.

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If he take him another wife; her food, her *raiment, and her lduty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

l 1Co. 7.3,5.
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And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out mfree without money.

m v.2. Is. 52.3.
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¶He that nsmiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

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And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then oI will appoint thee a place *whither he shall flee.

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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.

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¶And he that qsmiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

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¶And he that rstealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

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¶And she that 4curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

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¶And if men strive together, and one smite 5another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:

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If he rise again, and walk *abroad tupon his staff, then shall he that smote him be *quit: only he shall pay for 6the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.

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¶And if a man smite his uservant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely 7punished.

u v.21.
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Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.

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¶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.

v v.23.
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And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give wlife for life,

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xEye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

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Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

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¶And yif a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.

y Ps. 72.12-14. Col. 4.1. Ep. 6.9. v.1,11. De. 23.15; 21.14. Ps. 82.3,4.
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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.

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¶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.

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But if the ox were *wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; athe ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

a Ge. 9.5,6. v.12,14.
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bIf there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.

b Nu. 35.31,32. ch. 30.12.
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Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.

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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.

d v.28.
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¶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;

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The owner of the pit eshall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.

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¶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.

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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.