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Geneva Bible (1599): Exodus 21

1 Now these are the lawes, which thou shalt set before them:

2 If thou bye an Ebrewe seruant, he shall serue sixe yeres, and in the seuenth he shall go out free, for nothing.

3 If he came himselfe alone, he shall goe out himselfe alone: if hee were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

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.

5 But if the seruant saye thus, I loue my master, my wife and my children, I will not goe out free,

6 Then his master shall bring him vnto the Iudges, and 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.

7 Likewise if a man sell his daughter to be a seruant, she shall not goe out as the men seruantes doe.

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.

9 But if he hath betrothed her vnto his sonne, he shall deale with her according to the custome of the daughters.

10 If he take him another wife, he shall not diminish her foode, her rayment, and recompence of her virginitie.

11 And if he do not these three vnto her, the shall she go out free, paying no money.

12 He that smiteth a man, and he die, shall dye the death.

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.

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.

15 Also hee that smiteth his father or his mother, shall die the death.

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

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

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,

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.

20 And if a man smite his seruant, or his maide with a rod, and he die vnder his hande, he shalbe surely punished.

21 But if he continue a day, or two dayes, hee shall not be punished: for he is his money.

22 Also if men striue and hurt a woman with childe, so that her childe depart from her, and death follow not, hee shall bee surely punished according as the womans husband shall appoynt him, or he shall pay as the Iudges determine.

23 But if death follow, then thou shalt paye life for life,

24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hande for hand, foote for foote,

25 Burning for burning, wound for wounde, stripe for stripe.

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.

27 Also if he smite out his seruants tooth, or his maides tooth, he shall let him goe out free for his tooth.

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.

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.

30 If there be set to him a summe of mony, then he shall pay the raunsome of his life, whatsoeuer shalbe laied vpon him.

31 Whether he hath gored a sonne or gored a daughter, he shalbe iudged after the same maner.

32 If the oxe gore a seruant or a mayde, hee shall giue vnto their master thirtie shekels of siluer, and the oxe shalbe stoned.

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,

34 The owner of the pit shall make it good, and giue money to the owners thereof, but the dead beast shalbe his.

35 And if a mans oxe hurt his neighbours oxe that he die, then they shall sel the liue oxe, and deuide the money thereof, and the dead oxe also they shall deuide.

36 Or if it bee knowen that the oxe hath vsed to push in times past, and his master hath not kept him, he shall pay oxe for oxe, but the dead shall be his owne.