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Exodus 22

Of theft.

Exodus 22:1 Yf a man steale an oxe or shepe, and slaye it, or sell it, he shall restore fyue oxen for an oxe, and foure shepe for a shepe.

Exodus 22:2 Yf a thefe be taken breakinge in, & vpon that be smytten that he dye, then shall not he that smote him, be giltie of his bloude. Exodus 22:3 But yf the sonne be gone vp vpo him, then hath he committed manslaughter, and he shal dye. A thefe shall make restitucion. Yf he haue nothige, the let him be solde for his theft. Exodus 22:4 But yf ye theft be founde by him alyue (from the oxe vnto the Asse or shepe) then shall he restore dubble.

Of damage.

Exodus 22:5 Yf a man hurte a felde or vynyarde, so yt he let his catell do harme in another mans felde, the same shall make restitucion euen of the best of his owne felde and vynyarde.

Exodus 22:6 Yf a fyre come out, and take holde of ye thornes, so that the sheeues be consumed, or the corne that stondeth yet vpon the felde, he that kyndled the fyre shall make restitucion.

Of trespasses.

Exodus 22:7 Yf a man delyuer his neghboure money or vessels to kepe, and it be stollen from him out of his house: yf the thefe be founde, he shal restore dubble. Exodus 22:8 But yf the thefe be not founde, then shal the good man of the house be brought before the Goddes (and shal sweare) that he hath not put his hande vnto his neghbours good. Exodus 22:9 Yf one accuse another in eny maner of trespace, whether it be for oxe, or Asse, or shepe, or rayment, what so euer it be that is lost: then shall both their causes come before the Goddes: Loke whom the Goddes condempne, the same shal restore dubble vnto his neghboure. Exodus 22:10 Yf a man delyuer vnto his neghboure an Asse, or oxe or shepe, or eny maner of catell to kepe, and it dye, or be hurte, or dryuen awaye that no man se it, Exodus 22:11 then shall there an ooth of the LORDE go betwene them, that he hath not put his hande vnto his neghbours good: and the owner of ye good shal accepte it, so that the other shall not make it good. Exodus 22:12 Yf a thefe steale it from him, then shal he make restitucio vnto the owner therof. Exodus 22:13 But yf it be rauyshed (of beastes) then shal he brynge recorde therof, and not make it good.

Of borrowing.

Exodus 22:14 Yf a man borowe ought of his neghboure, and it be hurte, or dye, so that the owner therof be not by, then shall he make it good. Exodus 22:15 But yf the owner therof be by, then shal he not make it good, yf he hyred it for his money.

Of fornication.

Exodus 22:16 Yf a man begile a mayde, that is not yet spoused, and lye with her, the same shal geue her hir dowry, and take her to his wife. Exodus 22:17 But yf hir father refuse to geue her vnto him, the shall he weye there the money, acordinge to the dowry of virgins.

Of witchcraft.

Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffre a witch to lyue.

Of bestiality.

Exodus 22:19 Who so lyeth wt a beest, shal dye the death.

Of idolatry.

Exodus 22:20 Who so offreth to eny goddes, saue vnto the LORDE onely, let him dye without redempcion.

Of strangers, widows, and fatherless.

Exodus 22:21 Thou shalt not vexe ner oppresse a straunger, for ye youre selues were straungers also in the londe of Egipte.

Exodus 22:22 Ye shall truble no wyddowe ner fatherlesse childe. Exodus 22:23 Yf thou shalt trouble them, they shall crie vnto me, and I shall heare their crye: Exodus 22:24 then shal my wrath waxe whote, so yt I shal sley you with the swerde, and youre wyues shalbe wedowes, and youre children fatherlesse,

Of usury.

Exodus 22:25 Yf thou lende money vnto my people that is poore by the, thou shalt not behaue thyself as an vsurer vnto him, nether shalt thou oppresse him with vsury.

Of pledges.

Exodus 22:26 Yf thou take a garment of thy neghboure to pledge, thou shalt geue it him agayne before the Sonne go downe: Exodus 22:27 for his raymet is his onely couerynge of his skynne: wherin he slepeth. But yf he shall crie vnto me, I wyll heare him: for I am mercifull.

Of reverence to magistrates.

Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not speake euell of the Goddes, and the ruler of thy people shall thou not blaspheme.

Of the firstfruits.

Exodus 22:29 Thy drie and moist frutes shalt thou not kepe backe. Thy first sonne shalt thou geue vnto me. Exodus 22:30 So shalt thou do also with thine oxen and shepe. Seuen dayes let it be with the dame: Vpon the eight daye shalt thou geue it vnto me.

Exodus 22:31 Ye shalbe holy people before me. Therfore shal ye eate no flesh, that is torne of beestes in the felde, but cast it vnto the dogges.

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