Exodus 21

VIN(i) 1 These are the laws which thou shalt set before them: 2 "If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years and in the seventh he shall go out free without paying anything. 3 If he came in alone, he shall go out alone: if he had 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 will belong to her master. He shall go out alone. 5 And if the servant shall say: I love my master and my wife and children, I will not go out free: 6 Then let his master bring him unto the judges and set him to the door or the doorpost, and bore his ear through with an awl, and let him be his servant forever. 7 "If a man sell his daughter to be a servant: she shall not go out as the menservants do. 8 If she's displeasing to her master who selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He does not have the right to sell her to foreign people because he has dealt unfairly with her. 9 If he marries her to his son, he shall deal with her as a daughter. 10 If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights. 11 If he doesn’t do these three things for her, she may go free without paying any money. 12 “One who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death, 13 but not if it is unintentional, but God allows it to happen; then I will appoint you a place where he shall flee. 14 »If a man schemes and kills a man deliberately remove him from my altar and put him to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother shall be surely put to death. 16 Anyone who kidnaps someone and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death. 18 "If men quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he doesn't die, but is confined to bed; 19 »If the injured man is able to stand up again and walk around outside with a cane, the one who hit him must not be punished. He must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and for all his medical expenses. 20 "If a man strikes his male or female servant with a stick and he or she dies as a direct result, the master must be punished. 21 Notwithstanding, if he gets up after a day or two, he shall not be punished, for he is his property. 22 "If men fight and hurt a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely, and yet no harm follows, he shall be surely fined as much as the woman's husband demands and the judges allow. 23 And if there is serious injury, you will give life in place of life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. 26 If a man smite his servant or his maid in the eye and put it out, he shall let them go free for the eye's sake. 27 If he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall release him as a free man in exchange for his tooth. 28 “If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull shall surely be stoned, and its meat shall not be eaten; but the owner of the bull shall not be held responsible. 29 "If 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 price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed. 31 This same ordinance applies if it gores a son or daughter. 32 "If the ox gores a male or female servant, the owner shall give 30 shekels of silver to the servant's master, and the ox shall be stoned. 33 If a man opens a pit or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit shall pay; he shall give silver to its owner, and the dead shall be his. 35 If any man's bull gore the bull of his neighbour and he die, they shall sell the live bull and divide the money and they shall divide the dead bull. 36 Or if it is known that the bull was in the habit of goring in the past, and its owner has not kept it in, he shall surely pay bull for bull, and the dead animal shall be his own.