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Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 Now these are the lawes, which thou shalt set before them: Exodus 21:2 If thou bye an Ebrewe seruant, he shall serue sixe yeres, and in the seuenth he shal go out free, for nothing. Exodus 21:3 If he came himselfe alone, he shall goe out himselfe alone: if hee were married, then his wife shall go out with him. Exodus 21:4 If his master haue giuen him a wife, and she hath borne him sonnes or daughters, he wife and her children shalbe her masters, but he shall goe out himselfe alone.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 But if the seruant saye thus, 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, & set him to the dore, or to the poste, and his master shall bore his eare through with a nawle, and he shall serue him for euer.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 Likewise if a man sell his daughter to be a seruant, she shal not goe out as the men seruantes doe. Exodus 21:8 If shee please not her master, who hath betrothed her to him selfe, then shall hee cause to buy her: hee shall haue no power to sell her to a strange people, seeing he despised her. Exodus 21:9 But if he hath betrothed her vnto his sonne, he shal deale with her according to the custome of the daughters. Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife, he shall not diminish her foode, her rayment, and recompence of her virginitie. Exodus 21:11 And if he do not these three vnto her, the shall she go out free, paying no money.

For manslaughter.

Exodus 21:12 He that smiteth a man, and he die, shal dye the death. Exodus 21:13 And if a man hath not layed wayte, but God hath offered him into his hande, then I wil appoynt thee a place whither he 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 Also hee that smiteth his father or his mother, shall die the death.

For stealers of men.

Exodus 21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, if it be founde with him, shal die the death.

For cursers of parents.

Exodus 21:17 And hee that curseth his father or his mother, shall die the death.

For smiters.

Exodus 21:18 When men also striue together, and one smite another with a stone, or with the fist, and he die not, but lieth in bed, Exodus 21:19 If hee rise againe and walke without vpon his staffe, then shall he that smote him go quite, saue onely hee shall beare his charges for his resting, and shall pay for his healing.

Exodus 21:20 And if a man smite his seruant, or his maide with a rod, and he die vnder his hande, he shalbe surely punished. Exodus 21:21 But if he continue a day, or two dayes, hee shall not be punished: for he is his money.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 Also if men striue and hurt a woman with childe, so that her childe depart from her, and death followe not, hee shall bee surely punished according as the womans husbande shall appoynt him, or he shall pay as the Iudges determine. Exodus 21:23 But if death followe, then thou shalt paye life for life, Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hande for hand, foote for foote, Exodus 21:25 Burning for burning, wound for wounde, stripe for stripe.

Exodus 21:26 And if a man smite his seruant in the eie, or his maide in the eye, and hath perished it, hee shall let him goe free for his eye. Exodus 21:27 Also if he smite out his seruants tooth, or his maides tooth, he shall let him goe out free for his tooth.

For an ox that goreth.

Exodus 21:28 If an oxe gore a man or a woman, that he die, the oxe shalbe stoned to death, and his flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the oxe shall goe quite. Exodus 21:29 If the oxe were wont to push in times past, and it hath bene tolde his master, and hee hath not kept him, and after he killeth a man or a woman, the oxe shall be stoned, and his owner shall die also. Exodus 21:30 If there be set to him a summe of mony, then he shal pay the raunsome of his life, whatsoeuer shalbe laied vpon him. Exodus 21:31 Whether he hath gored a sonne or gored a daughter, he shalbe iudged after the same maner. Exodus 21:32 If the oxe gore a seruant or a mayde, hee shal giue vnto their master thirtie shekels of siluer, and the oxe shalbe stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 And when a man shall open a well, or when he shall dig a pit and couer it not, and an oxe or an asse fall therein, Exodus 21:34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and giue money to the owners thereof, but the dead beast shalbe his.

Exodus 21:35 And if a mans oxe hurt his neighbours oxe that he die, then they shal sel the liue oxe, & deuide the money thereof, and the dead oxe also they shall deuide. Exodus 21:36 Or if it bee knowen that the oxe hath vsed to push in times past, & his master hath not kept him, he shal pay oxe for oxe, but the dead shall be his owne.

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