1611 King James Bible

Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 Now these are the Iudgements which thou shalt set before them. Exodus 21:2 If thou buy an Hebrew seruant, sixe yeeres he shall serue, and in the seuenth he shall goe out free for nothing. Exodus 21:3 If he came in by himselfe, he shal goe out by himselfe: if he were married, then his wife shall goe out with him. Exodus 21:4 If his master haue giuen him a wife, and she haue borne him sonnes or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her masters, and he shall go out by himselfe.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 And if the seruant shall plainely say, I loue my master, my wife, and my children, I will not goe out free: Exodus 21:6 Then his master shall bring him vnto the Iudges, hee shall also bring him to the doore, or vnto the doore post, and his master shall boare his eare through with an aule, and he shall serue him for euer.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a mayd seruant, shee shall not goe out as the men seruants doe. Exodus 21:8 If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himselfe, then shall he let her be redeemed: To sell her vnto a strange nation hee shall haue no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. Exodus 21:9 And if he haue betrothed her vnto his sonne, he shall deale with her after the maner of daughters. Exodus 21:10 If he take him another [wife], her food, her rayment, and her duety of mariage shall he not diminish. Exodus 21:11 And if he doe not these three vnto her, then shall she goe out free without money.

For manslaughter.

Exodus 21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shalbe surely put to death. Exodus 21:13 And if a man lye not in wait, but God deliuer [him] into his hand, then I will appoint thee a place whither hee shall flee: Exodus 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously vpon his neighbour to slay him with guile, thou shalt take him from mine Altar, that he may die.

Exodus 21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall bee surely put to death.

For stealers of men.

Exodus 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.

For cursers of parents.

Exodus 21:17 And hee that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely bee put to death.

For smiters.

Exodus 21:18 And if men striue together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed: Exodus 21:19 If hee rise againe, and walke abroad vpon his staffe, then shall hee that smote him, be quit: onely he shall pay for the losse of his time, and shall cause [him] to be throughly healed.

Exodus 21:20 And if a man smite his seruant, or his mayd, with a rod, and hee die vnder his hand, hee shall bee surely punished: Exodus 21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, hee shall not be punished, for he is his money.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 If men striue, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischiefe follow, he shalbe surely punished, according as the womans husband will lay vpon him, and hee shall pay as the Iudges [determine]. Exodus 21:23 And if any mischiefe follow, then thou shalt giue life for life, Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foote for foote, Exodus 21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Exodus 21:26 And if a man smite the eye of his seruant, or the eye of his mayd, that it perish, hee shall let him goe free for his eyes sake. Exodus 21:27 And if he smite out his man seruants tooth, or his mayde seruants tooth, hee shal let him goe free for his tooths sake.

For an ox that goreth.

Exodus 21:28 If an oxe gore a man, or a woman, that they die, then the oxe shal be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten: but the owner of the oxe shall be quitte. Exodus 21:29 But if the oxe were wont to push with his horne in time past, and it hath bene testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the oxe shall be stoned, and his owner also shall bee put to death. Exodus 21:30 If there be layed on him a summe of money, then he shall giue for the ransome of his life, whatsoeuer is layd vpon him. Exodus 21:31 Whether hee haue gored a sonne, or haue gored a daughter, according to this iudgement shall it bee done vnto him. Exodus 21:32 If the oxe shall push a man seruant, or a mayd seruant, hee shall giue vnto their master thirty shekels, and the oxe shalbe stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall digge a pit, and not couer it, and an oxe or an asse fall therein: Exodus 21:34 The owner of the pit shall make [it] good, [and] giue money vnto the owner of them, and the dead beast shalbe his.

Exodus 21:35 And if one mans oxe hurt anothers, that he die, then they shall sell the liue oxe, and diuide the money of it, and the dead oxe also they shall diuide. Exodus 21:36 Or if it bee knowen that the oxe hath vsed to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in, hee shall surely pay oxe for oxe, and the dead shall be his owne.

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