21:1 Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them.
21:1 "Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them.

21:2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
21:2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.

21:3 If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.
21:3 "If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him.

21:4 If his master give him a wife and she bear him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
21:4 "If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone.

21:5 But if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
21:5 "But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,'

21:6 then his master shall bring him unto God, and shall bring him to the door, or unto the door-post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.
21:6 then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maid-servant, she shall not go out as the men-servants do.
21:7 "And if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do.

21:8 If she please not her master, who hath espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a foreign people he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
21:8 "If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her.

21:9 And if he espouse her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.
21:9 "And if he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.

21:10 If he take him another (wife); her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
21:10 "If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.

21:11 And if he do not these three things unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.
21:11 "And if he will not do these three [things] for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without [payment of] money.

21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he dieth, shall surely be put to death.
21:12 "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver (him) into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
21:13 "But if he did not lie in wait [for him,] but God let [him] fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.

21:14 And if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
21:14 "If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him [even] from My altar, that he may die.

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

21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
21:16 "And he who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.

21:17 And he that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
21:17 "And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

21:18 And if men contend, and one smite the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keep his bed;
21:18 "And if men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with [his] fist, and he does not die but remains in bed;

21:19 if he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.
21:19 if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his loss of time, and shall take care of him until he is completely healed.

21:20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall surely be punished.
21:20 "And if a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished.

21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
21:21 "If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.

21:22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow; he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
21:22 "And [if] men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no [further] injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman's husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges [decide.]

21:23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
21:23 "But if there is [any further] injury, then you shall appoint [as a penalty] life for life,

21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

21:25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
21:25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

21:26 And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, and destroy it; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
21:26 "And if a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.

21:27 And if he smite out his man-servant's tooth, or his maid-servant's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
21:27 "And if he knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.

21:28 And if an ox gore a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be surely stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.
21:28 "And if an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.

21:29 But if the ox was wont to gore in time past, and it hath been testified to its owner, and he hath not kept it in, but it hath killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death.
21:29 "If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring, and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.

21:30 If there be laid on him a ransom, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.
21:30 "If a ransom is demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is demanded of him.

21:31 Whether it have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.
21:31 "Whether it gores a son or a daughter, it shall be done to him according to the same rule.

21:32 If the ox gore a man-servant or a maid-servant, there shall be given unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
21:32 "If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall give his [ or her] master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

21:33 And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein,
21:33 "And if a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,

21:34 the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall give money unto the owner thereof, and the dead (beast) shall be his.
21:34 the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall give money to its owner, and the dead [animal] shall become his.

21:35 And if one man's ox hurt another's, so that it dieth, then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the price of it: and the dead also they shall divide.
21:35 "And if one man's ox hurts another's so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its price equally; and also they shall divide the dead [ox.]

21:36 Or if it be known that the ox was wont to gore in time past, and its owner hath not kept it in, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead (beast) shall be his own.
21:36 "Or [if] it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead [animal] shall become his.