Shemos 21

Shemos (Book of Exodus), Chapter 21

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 If his master give him a wife, and she bear him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 But if the servant shall plainly say: I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 then his master shall bring him unto G-d, and shall 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.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maid-servant, she shall not go out as the men-servants do.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her unto a foreign people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And if he espouse her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 He that smiteth a man, so that he dieth, shall surely be put to death.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And if a man lie not in wait, but G-d cause it to come to hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he may flee.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 And if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from Mine altar, that he may die.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'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.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 And he that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 And if men contend, and one smite the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keep his bed;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'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 healed.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 And if a man smite his bondman, or his bondwoman, with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall surely be punished.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 Notwithstanding if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his money.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 And if a man smite the eye of his bondman, or the eye of his bondwoman, and destroy it, he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 And if he smite out his bondman's tooth, or his bondwoman's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 And if an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die, the ox shall be surely stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 But if the ox was wont to gore in time past, and warning hath been given to its owner, and he hath not kept it in, but it hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 If there be laid on him a ransom, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001E-QINU`"'31 Whether it have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001F-QINU`"'32 If the ox gore a bondman or a bondwoman, he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000020-QINU`"'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,

'"`UNIQ--named-00000021-QINU`"'34 the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall give money unto the owner of them, and the dead beast shall be his.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000022-QINU`"'35 And if one man's ox hurt another's, so that it dieth; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the price of it; and the dead also they shall divide.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000023-QINU`"'36 Or if it be known that the ox was wont to gore in time past, and its owner hath not kept it in; he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead beast shall be his own.

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