Matthew Bible

Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 These are the lawes whyche thou shalt set before the. Exodus 21:2 If thou bye a seruaunt that is an Hebrue, sixe yeres he shall serue, & the seuenth he shal go out fre payng nothing. Exodus 21:3 If he came alone, he shal go out alone: If he came maried, his wyfe shal goo out with him. Exodus 21:4 And if his master haue geuen him a wyfe & she haue born him sonnes or doughters: then þe wife & her children shalbe her masters & he shall goo out alone.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 But & if þe seruaunt say I loue my master & my wife & my children, I wil not go out fre. Exodus 21:6 Then let his master bring him vnto þe Goddes and sette hym to the doore or the dorepost & bore his eare thorow with a naule and let hym be his seruaunte for euer.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 If a man sell his doughter to be a seruaunt she shal not go out as the men seruauntes doo. Exodus 21:8 If she please not her master, so that he hath geue her to no man to wife, then shal he let her go fre: to sell her vnto a straunge nacion shall he haue no power, because he despysed her. Exodus 21:9 If he haue promised her vnto his son to wife, he shal deale with her as men do with their doughters. Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife yet her fode, rayment and dutye of mariage shall he not mynyshe. Exodus 21:11 If he do not these thre vnto her, then shal she goo oute fre and paye no money.

For manslaughter.

Exodus 21:12 He that smiteth a man that he dye shalbe slain for it. Exodus 21:13 If a man laie not awayt but God delyuer him into his hand, then I wyll poynte the a place whether he shall fle. Exodus 21:14 If a man come presumpteously vpon his neyghboure and slea him with gile, thou shalt take him fro myne aulter that he dye.

Exodus 21:15 And he that smyteth hys father or his mother, shall dye for it.

For stealers of men.

Exodus 21:16 He that stealeth a man & selleth him (if it be proued vpon 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 striue together and one smyte another with a stone or with hys fyste, so that he dye not, but lieth in bedde: Exodus 21:19 if he ryse agayne and walke withoute vpon hys staffe then shall he that smote hym go quyte: saue only he shall bere his charges whyle he laie in bedde & pay for his healing.

Exodus 21:20 If a man smyte his seruaunt or hys mayde with a staffe that they dye vnder his hand, it shalbe auenged. Exodus 21:21 But & if they continue a daye or two, it shall not be auenged for they are his money.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 When men stryue & smyte a woman with chylde so that her frute departe from her and yet no misfortune foloweth: then shal he be mersed, according as the womans husband will laye to his charge, & he shall paye as þe dayes men appoynte hym. Exodus 21:23 But and if any misfortune folow, then shall he pay lyfe for lyfe, Exodus 21:24 eye for eye, toth for toth, hande, for hande, fote for fote, Exodus 21:25 burnyng for burnynge, wounde for wounde, and strype for strype.

Exodus 21:26 If a man smite his seruaunt or his mayde in the eye & put it out, he shal let them go fre for the eyes sake. Exodus 21:27 Also if he smyte out his seruauntes or his maydes toth, he shal let them go out fre for the tothes sake.

For an ox that goreth.

Exodus 21:28 If an oxe gore a man or a woman that thei dye, then the oxe shalbe stoned, & hys flesh shall not be eaten: and hys master shall go quyte. Exodus 21:29 If the oxe were wont to runne at men in tyme past & it hath bene tolde hys master, & he hath not kept hym, but that he hath killed a man or a woman: then the oxe shalbe stoned and hys master shall dye also. Exodus 21:30 If he be set to a summe of money, then he shall geue for the deliueraunce of hys lyfe, accordynge to all that is put vnto hym. Exodus 21:31 And whether he hath gored a sonne or a doughter, he shalbe serued after the same maner. Exodus 21:32 But if it be a seruaunte or a mayde that the oxe hathe gored, then he shall geue vnto their master the summe of .xxx. siccles, and the oxe shall be stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 If a man open a welle, or dygge a pytte, and couer it not, but that an oxe or an asse fal therein, Exodus 21:34 the owner of the pytte shall make it good and geue money vnto their master, and the dead beast shalbe hys.

Exodus 21:35 If one mans oxe hurte anothers that he dye, then they shal sell the lyue oxe & deuyde the money, & the dead oxe also they shall deuide. Exodus 21:36 But & if it be knowen that the oxe hathe vsed to pusshe in tymes past, then because his master hath not kept hym, he shall paye oxe for oxe, and the dead shalbe hys owne.

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