Bishops' Bible

Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 These art the lawes whiche thou shalt set before them. Exodus 21:2 If thou bye a seruaunt that is an Hebrue, sixe yeres he shall serue, & in the seuenth, he shall go out free [paying] nothyng. Exodus 21:3 If he came alone, he shall go out alone: and yf he came maryed, his wyfe shall go out with hym. Exodus 21:4 And if his maister haue geuen hym a wyfe, and she haue borne him sonnes or daughters: then the wyfe and her chyldren shalbe her maisters, and he shall go out alone.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 And yf the seruaunt say: I loue my maister, my wyfe, and my chyldren, I wyll not go out free: Exodus 21:6 His maister shall bryng hym vnto the iudges, and set hym to the doore or the doorepost, and his maister shal bore his eare through with a naule, and he shalbe his seruaunt for euer.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a seruaunt, she shal not go out as the men seruauntes do. Exodus 21:8 If she please not her maister, who hath [nowe] promised her mariage, then shall he let her redeeme her selfe: To sell her vnto a straunge nation shall he haue no power, seyng he despised her. Exodus 21:9 If he haue promysed her vnto his sonne to wyfe, he shall deale with her as men do with their daughters. Exodus 21:10 And if he take hym another wyfe: yet her foode, her rayment, and duetie of maryage shall he not minishe. Exodus 21:11 And if he do not these three vnto her, the shal she go out free & pay no money.

For manslaughter.

Exodus 21:12 He that smyteth a man, that he dye, shalbe slayne for it. Exodus 21:13 If a man lay not awayte, but God deliuer [him] into his hande, then I wyll poynt thee a place whither he shal flee. Exodus 21:14 If a man come presumpteously vpon his neyghbour to slay hym with guyle, thou shalt take him from myne aulter that he dye.

Exodus 21:15 He that smyteth his father or his mother, let hym be slayne for it.

For stealers of men.

Exodus 21:16 He that stealeth a man, and selleth him, if he be proued vppon hym, shalbe slayne for it.

For cursers of parents.

Exodus 21:17 And he that curseth his father or mother, shalbe put to death for it.

For smiters.

Exodus 21:18 If men stryue together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fyste, and he dye not, but lyeth in his bed: Exodus 21:19 If he rise agayne, and walke without vpon his staffe, then shall he that smote hym go quite, saue only he shall beare his charges for leesyng his tyme, and shall paye for his healyng.

Exodus 21:20 And if a man smyte his seruaunt or his mayde with a rod, & they dye vnder his hande, he shalbe greeuously punished. Exodus 21:21 And if he continue a day or two, it shal not be reueged, for he is his money.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 If men striue, & hurt a woman with chylde, so that her fruite depart from her, and yet no destruction folow: then he shalbe sore punished according as the womans husbande wyll laye to his charge, and he shall pay as the dayes men wyll appoynt hym. Exodus 21:23 And if any destruction folowe, then he shall geue life for life, Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tothe for tothe, hande for hande, foote for foote, Exodus 21:25 Burnyng for burnyng, wounde for wounde, strype for strype.

Exodus 21:26 And if a man smyte his seruaunt or his mayde in the eye, that it perishe, he shall let them go free for the eyes sake. Exodus 21:27 Also if he smyte out his seruaunt or his maydes tothe, he shall let them go out free for the tothes sake.

For an ox that goreth.

Exodus 21:28 If an oxe gore a man or a woman, that they dye, then the oxe shalbe stoned, and his fleshe shall not be eaten: but the owner of the oxe shall go quite. Exodus 21:29 If the oxe were wont to pushe with his horne in time past, and it hath ben tolde his maister, and he hath not kept him, but that he hath killed a man or a woman: then the oxe shalbe stoned, and his owner shall dye also. Exodus 21:30 If there be set to hym a sume of money, then he shal geue for the redeeming of his life whatsoeuer is layde vpo him. Exodus 21:31 And whether he haue gored a sonne or a daughter, accordyng to the same iudgement shall it be done vnto him. Exodus 21:32 But if it be a seruaunt or a mayde that the oxe hath gored, then he shall geue vnto their maister thirtie sicles, and the oxe shalbe stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 If a man open a well, or digge a pitte, and couer it not, and an oxe or an asse fall therein: Exodus 21:34 The owner of the pitte shall make it good, & geue money vnto their maister, and the dead beast shall be his.

Exodus 21:35 If one mans oxe hurt another, that he dye: then they shall sell the lyue oxe, and deuide the money, and the dead oxe also they shall deuide. Exodus 21:36 Or if it be knowen that the oxe hath vsed to pushe in tyme past, & his maister hath not kept hym: he shall paye oxe for oxe, and the dead shalbe his owne.

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