21:1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt
set before them.
21:2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall
serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself:
if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
21:4 If his master have given him a 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.
21:5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my
master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
21:6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he
shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and
his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he
shall serve him for ever.
21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant,
she shall not go out as the menservants do.
21:8 If she please 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.
21:9 And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall
deal with her after the manner of daughters.
21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment,
and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
21:11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she
go out free without money.
21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall
be surely put to death.
21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him
into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he
21:14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor,
to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine 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
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 strive together, and one smite another
with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth
21:19 If he 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 smite his servant, or his maid, with a
rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he
shall not be punished: for he is his money.
21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that
her fruit 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 follow, then thou shalt give life
21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for
21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for
21:26 And if 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.
21:27 And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his
maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his
21:28 If an ox 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 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;
the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to
21:30 If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall
give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.
21:31 Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a
daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto
21:32 If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant;
he shall give unto 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 fall therein;
21:34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give
money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be
21:35 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.
21:36 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.