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Treatment of Slaves.  Ex.21.1-11

1These are the laws you shall set before them:

2When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall be your slave for six years, but in the seventh year he shall go free and pay nothing.

3If he comes to you alone, he shall go away alone; but if he is married, his wife shall go away with him.

4If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and the man shall go away alone. 5But if the slave should say, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children, I will not go free', 6then his master shall bring him to God: he shall bring him to the door or the door-post, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl, and the man shall be his slave for life.

7When a man sells his daughter into slavery, she shall not go free as a male slave may. 8If her master has not had intercourse with her and she does not please him, he shall let her be ransomed. He has treated her unfairly and therefore has no right to sell her to strangers. 9If he assigns her to his son, he shall allow her the rights of a daughter. 10If he takes another woman, he shall not deprive the first of meat, clothes, and conjugal rights. 11If he does not provide her with these three things, she shall go free without any payment.

Laws about violence.  Ex.21.12-27

12Whoever strikes another man and kills him shall be put to death. 13But if he did not act with intent, but they met by act of God, the slayer may flee to a place which I will appoint for you. 14But if a man has the presumption to kill another by treachery, you shall take him even from my altar to be put to death.

15Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.

16Whoever kidnaps a man shall be put to death, whether he has sold him, or the man is found in his possession.

17Whoever reviles his father or mother shall be put to death.

18When men quarrel and one hits another with a stone or with a spade Or fist, and the man is not killed but takes to his bed; 19if he recovers so as to walk about outside with a stick, then the one who struck him has no liability, except that he shall pay for loss of time and shall see that he is cured.

20When a man strikes his slave or his slave-girl with a stick and the slave dies on the spot, he must be punished. 21But he shall not be punished if the slave survives for one day or two, because he is worth money to his master.

22When, in the course of a brawl, a man knocks against a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage but suffers no further hurt, then the offender must pay whatever fine the woman's husband demands after assessment.

23Wherever hurt is done, you shall give life for life, 24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound.

26When a man strikes his slave or slave-girl in the eye and destroys it, he shall let the slave go free in compensation for the eye. 27When he knocks out the tooth of a slave or a slave-girl, he shall let the slave go free in compensation for the tooth.

Incidents involving domestic animals.  Ex.21.28-36

28When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh may not be eaten ; the owner of the ox shall be free from liability. 29If, however, the ox has for some time past been a vicious animal, and the owner has been duly warned but has not kept it under control, and the ox kills a man or a woman, then the ox shall be stoned, and the owner shall be put to death as well. 30If, however, the penalty is commuted for a money payment, he shall pay in redemption of his life whatever is imposed upon him, 31If the ox gores a son or a daughter, the same rule shall apply. 32If the ox gores a slave or slave-girl, its owner shall pay thirty shekels of silver to their master, and the ox shall be stoned.

33When a man removes the cover of a well Or cistern or digs a well Or cistern and leaves it uncovered, then if an ox or an ass falls into it, 34the owner of the well shall make good the loss. He shall repay the owner of the beast in silver, and the dead beast shall be his.

35When one man's ox butts another's and kills it, they shall sell the live ox, share the price and also share the dead beast. 36But if it is known that the ox has for some time past been vicious and the owner has not kept it under control, he shall make good the loss, ox for ox, but the dead beast is his. 5When a man burns off a field or a vineyard and lets the fire spread so that it bums another man's field Or When a man uses his field or vineyard for grazing, and lets his beast loose, and it feeds in another man's field, he shall make restitution from his own field according to the yield expected; and if the whole field is laid waste, he shall make restitution from the best part of his own field or vineyard.


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