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Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 These are the lawes whyche thou shalt set before them. Exodus 21:2 If thou bye a seruaunte that is an Hebrue, syxe yeres he shal serue, and in the seuenth he shall goo out fre payinge nothynge. Exodus 21:3 If he came alone, he shall goo out alone. And yf he came maried, hys wyfe shall goo oute with hym: Exodus 21:4 And yf hys master haue geuen hym a wyfe and she haue borne hym sonnes or daughters: then the wyfe and hyr children shalbe hir masters and he shall goo oute alone.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 And yf the seruaunte saye: I loue my master, my wyfe and my chyldren, I wyll not goo oute fre. Exodus 21:6 Hys master shall brynge hym vnto the iudges, and sett hym to the doore or the dorepost and hys master shall bore hys eare thorowe with a nawle, and he shalbe hys seruaunte for euer.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 And yf a man sell hys daughter to be a seruaunte: she shall not goo oute as the men seruauntes doo. Exodus 21:8 If she also please not hyr master, and he geueth her to noman to wyfe, then shall he let hyr go fre: to sell her vnto a straunge nacyon shall he haue no power, seinge he despysed her. Exodus 21:9 If he haue promysed her vnto hys sonne to wyfe, he shall deale with her as men do with theyr daughters. Exodus 21:10 And yf he take hym another wyfe, yet hyr fode, hyr rayment and dutie of mariage shal he not mynishe. Exodus 21:11 And yf he do not these thre vnto her, then shall she goo out fre and paye 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 laye not awayte but God delyuer hym into hys hande, then I wyll poynte the a place whether he shall fle. Exodus 21:14 If a man come presumpteously vpon hys neyghboure to slee him with gyle, thou shalt take him fro myne alter that he dye.

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

For stealers of men.

Exodus 21:16 He that stealeth a man and selleth him (yf it be proued vpon hym) shall be slayne for it.

For cursers of parents.

Exodus 21:17 And he that cursseth hys father or mother, shall be put to deth for it.

For smiters.

Exodus 21:18 If men stryue together & one smyte another with a stone or with hys fyste, and he dye not, but lyeth in bedd: Exodus 21:19 yf he ryse agayne and walke without vpon hys staffe, then shall he that smote him go quyte: saue onely he shall bere hys charges for lesynge hys tyme, and shall paye for hys healynge.

Exodus 21:20 And yf a man smyte hys seruaunte or his mayde with a rodd, and they dye vnder hys hande, it shalbe auenged in dede. Exodus 21:21 And yf they continue a daye or two, it shall not be auenged, for they are hys money.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 Yf men stryue & hurte a woman with chylde, so that hyr frute departe from her, and yet no misfortune foloweth: then shall he be mersed, accordynge as the womans husband wyll laye to his charge, and he shall paye as the dayes men appoynte hym. Exodus 21:23 And yf any misfortune folowe, then shall he paye lyfe for lyfe Exodus 21:24 eye for eye, toth for toth, hande for hande, fote for fote, Exodus 21:25 burning for burninge, wounde for wounde, strype for strype.

Exodus 21:26 And yf a man smyte hys seruaunte or his mayde in the eye that it peryshe, he shall lett them goo fre for the eyes sake. Exodus 21:27 Also yf he smyte oute hys seruauntes or hys maydes toth, he shall let them go oute fre 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 hys fleshe shall not be eaten: but the owner of the oxe shall go quyte. Exodus 21:29 If the oxe were wont to pusshe in tyme past, and it hath bene told hys master: and he hath not kept hym, but that he hath kylled a man or a woman: then the oxe shalbe stoned and hys owner shall dye also Exodus 21:30 If there be sett to hym a summe of money, then he shall geue for the delyueraunce of hys lyfe, whatsoeuer is put vnto hym. Exodus 21:31 And whether he hath gored a sonne or hurte a daughter, he shalbe serued after the same maner. Exodus 21:32 But yf it be a seruaunt or a mayde that the oxe hath gored, then he shall geue vnto theyr master .xxx. sycles, and the oxe shall be stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 If a man open a well or dygge a pytt and couer it not, and an oxe or an asse fall therin, Exodus 21:34 the owner of the pyt shall make it good, and geue money vnto theyr master, and the dead beast shalbe hys.

Exodus 21:35 If one mans oxe hurte another that he dye: then they shall sell the lyue oxe and deuyde the money, and the deed oxe also they shall deuyde. Exodus 21:36 Or yf it be knowen that the oxe hath vsed to pusshe in tymes past, and hys master hath not kepte him, he shall paye oxe for oxe, and the deed shalbe his awne.

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