Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Exodus 21

Laws for menservants.

Exodus 21:1 Now, these, are the regulations which thou shalt put before them. Exodus 21:2 When thou shalt acquire a servant who is a Hebrew, six years, shall he serve,—but, in the seventh, shall he go out freely—for nought. Exodus 21:3 If, by himself, he came in, by himself, shall he go out,—if he was, married, then shall his wife go out with him. Exodus 21:4 If, his lord, gave him a wife, and she have borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her lords, and, he, shall go out by himself.

For the servant whose ear is bored.

Exodus 21:5 But, if the servant shall, plainly say, I love my lord, and my wife, and my sons,—I will not go out free, Exodus 21:6 then shall his lord bring him near unto God, and shall bring him near unto the door, or unto the door-post,—and his lord shall pierce his ear with an awl, so shall he serve him all his life.

For women servants.

Exodus 21:7 And, when a man shall sell his daughter to be a handmaid, she shall not go out according to the out-going of the men-servants. Exodus 21:8 If she is uncomely in the eyes of her lord, who hath not assigned her in marriage, then shall he suffer her to be redeemed: to a strange people, shall he not have power to sell her, in that he hath dealt treacherously with her. Exodus 21:9 And, if, to his son, he assign her, according to the custom for daughters, shall he do for her. Exodus 21:10 If he take to himself another, her food, her clothing, and her marriage-right, shall he not withdraw. Exodus 21:11 But, if, these three, he will not do for her, then shall she go out for nought, without silver.

For manslaughter.

Exodus 21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall, surely be put to death. Exodus 21:13 But, he who hath not lain in wait, but, God, hath occasioned him to come to his hand, then will I appoint for thee a place, whither he may flee. Exodus 21:14 But, when a man shall act presumptuously against his neighbour, to slay him with guile, from mine altar, shalt thou take him to die.

Exodus 21:15 And, he that smiteth his father or his mother, shall, surely be put to death.

For stealers of men.

Exodus 21:16 And, he that stealeth a man of the sons of Israel and selleth him, or he be found in his hand, shall, surely be put to death.

For cursers of parents.

Exodus 21:17 And, he who revileth his father or his mother, shall, surely be put to death.

For smiters.

Exodus 21:18 And, when men strive together, and one shall smite the other, with a stone or with his fist,—and he die not, but shall fall to his bed;— Exodus 21:19 if he rise, and shall walk abroad on his staff, then shall he that smote him be acquitted,—only, for his loss of time, he shall pay, and, shall surely heal, him.

Exodus 21:20 And, when a man shall smite his servant or his handmaid with a rod, and he die, under his hand, he shall, surely be avenged; Exodus 21:21 nevertheless, if, for a day or for two days, he continue, he shall not be avenged, for, his silver, he is.

For a hurt by chance.

Exodus 21:22 And, when men strive together, and push against a woman with child, and she miscarry, but there is no other mischief, he shall, surely be fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him, but he shall give it through judges. Exodus 21:23 But, if mischief follow, then shalt thou give life for life; Exodus 21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth,—hand for hand, foot for foot, Exodus 21:25 brand for brand, wound for wound,—stripe for stripe.

Exodus 21:26 And, when a man smiteth the eye of his servant, or the eye of his handmaid, and destroyeth it, he shall send him forth, free, for his eye; Exodus 21:27 or, if, the tooth of his servant, or the tooth of his handmaid, he knock out, he shall send him forth, free, for his tooth.

For an ox that goreth.

Exodus 21:28 And, when an ox goreth a man or a woman, and death ensueth, the ox shall, surely be stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten, and, the owner of the ox, shall be quit. Exodus 21:29 But, if, the ox, was wont to gore before that time and it hath been attested to his owner, and he hath not proceeded to put him under guard, and he causeth the death of man or woman, the ox, shall be stoned, and, his owner also, shall be put to death. Exodus 21:30 If, a sin-covering, be laid on him, then shall he give a ransom for his life, according to whatsoever may be laid on him: Exodus 21:31 if, a son, he gore, or, a daughter, he gore, according to this regulation, shall it be done to him; Exodus 21:32 if, a servant, the ox gore, or a handmaid, thirty shekels of silver, shall he give to his lord, and, the ox, shall be stoned.

For him that is an occasion of harm.

Exodus 21:33 And, when a man openeth a pit, or when a man diggeth a pit, and doth not cover it,—and there falleth thereinto an ox or an ass, Exodus 21:34 the owner of the pit, shall make it good, silver, shall he pay back to the owner thereof,—and, the dead beast, shall be his.

Exodus 21:35 And, when the ox of one man thrusteth the ox of his neighbour, so that it dieth, then shall they sell the live ox, and divide the silver thereof, and, the dead ox also, shall they divide. Exodus 21:36 Or, if it was known that, an ox, was, wont to gore, before that time, and his owner proceeded not to put him under guard, he shall, surely make good,—an ox for the ox, and, the dead one, shall be his.

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