Bishops' Bible

Exodus 22

Of theft.

Exodus 22:1 If a man steale an oxe or a sheepe, and kill it, or sell it: he shall restore fiue oxen for an oxe, foure sheepe for a sheepe.

Exodus 22:2 If a theefe be found breaking vp, and be smitten that he dye: there shall no blood be shed for hym. Exodus 22:3 But if the sunne be vp vpon him, then there shalbe blood shed for hym, for he should make restitution: if he haue not wherwith, he shalbe solde for his theft. Exodus 22:4 If the theft be founde in his hande, aliue, whether it be oxe, asse, or sheepe, he shall restore double.

Of damage.

Exodus 22:5 If a man do hurt fielde or vineyarde, and put in his beast to feede in another mans fielde: of the best of his owne fielde, and of the best of his owne vineyarde, shall he make restitution.

Exodus 22:6 If fire breake out and catche in the thornes and the stackes of corne, or the standyng corne, or fielde be consumed therewith: he that kyndeled the fyre, shall make restitution.

Of trespasses.

Exodus 22:7 If a man deliuer his neyghbour money or stuffe to kepe, and it be stolen out of his house: if the theefe be founde, let hym pay double: Exodus 22:8 And if the theefe be not founde, then the good man of ye house shalbe brought vnto the Iudges, that it may be knowen whether he haue put his hande vnto his neyghbours good. Exodus 22:9 And in al maner of trespasse, whether it be for oxe, asse, or sheepe, rayment, or any maner of lost thing, which another chalengeth to be his: the cause of both parties shall come before the Iudges, and whom the Iudges condemne, let him pay double vnto his neyghbour. Exodus 22:10 If a man delyuer vnto his neyghbour to kepe, asse, oxe, sheepe, or whatsoeuer beast it be: and it dye, or be hurt, or taken away by enemies, & no man see it: Exodus 22:11 Then shall an oth of the Lorde be betweene them, that he hath not put his hande vnto his neyghbours good: and the owner of it shall take the oth, and the other shall not make it good. Exodus 22:12 And if it be stollen from hym, then he shall make restitution vnto the owner therof. Exodus 22:13 If it be torne in peeces, then let him bryng recorde of the tearing, and he shall not make it good.

Of borrowing.

Exodus 22:14 And if a man borowe ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or els dye, and the owner therof be not by: he shall surely make it good. Exodus 22:15 But if the owner therof be by, he shall not make it good: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire.

Of fornication.

Exodus 22:16 If a man entice a mayde that is not betrouthed, and lye with her, he shall endowe her, and take her to his wyfe. Exodus 22:17 And if her father refuse to geue her vnto him, he shal pay money, according to the dowrie of virgins.

Of witchcraft.

Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witche to lyue.

Of bestiality.

Exodus 22:19 Whosoeuer lyeth with a beast, shall be slayne for it.

Of idolatry.

Exodus 22:20 He that offereth vnto any gods, saue vnto ye Lord only, he shalbe killed.

Of strangers, widows, and fatherless.

Exodus 22:21 Uexe not a straunger, neither oppresse him: for ye were straungers in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 22:22 Ye shall trouble no wydowe nor fatherlesse chylde. Exodus 22:23 If ye shall euyll entreate them, and they crye out vnto me, I wyll surelye heare theyr crye. Exodus 22:24 And then wyl my wrath waxe hotte, and I wyll kyll you with the sworde, & your wyues shalbe widowes, and your chyldren fatherlesse.

Of usury.

Exodus 22:25 If thou lende money to any of my people that is poore by thee, thou shalt not be as a tiraunt vnto him, neither shalt thou lay vpon him vsurie.

Of pledges.

Exodus 22:26 If thou take thy neyghbours rayment to pledge, thou shalt deliuer it vnto him by that the sunne go downe. Exodus 22:27 For that is his couering only, euen the rayment for his skinne, wherein he slepeth: and when he cryeth vnto me, I wyll heare him, for I am mercyfull.

Of reverence to magistrates.

Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not rayle vpon ye gods, neither blaspheme ye ruler of the people.

Of the firstfruits.

Exodus 22:29 Thy fruites, whether they be drie or moyst, see thou kepe the not backe: thy first borne sonne thou shalt geue me. Exodus 22:30 Likewise also shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheepe: seuen dayes it shalbe with the damme, & the eyght day thou shalt geue it me.

Exodus 22:31 Ye shalbe an holy people vnto me, neither shall ye eate any fleshe that is torne of beastes in the fielde, but shall cast it to a dogge.

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