Exodus 21-24

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Exodus 21

Now these are the ordinances which you shall set before them. 2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go free for nothing. 3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he is married, then his wife shall go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5 But if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 6 then his master shall bring him to Elohim, and shall bring him to the door, or to the door-post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.


7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. 8 If she please not her master, who has espoused her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her to a foreign people he shall have no power, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. 9 And if he espouse her to his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. 10 If he takes another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not decrease. 11 And if he do not these three things unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.


12 He that strikes a man, so that he dies, shall surely be put to death. 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but Elohim deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint a place where he shall flee. 14 And if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to kill him with deceit; you shall take him from my altar, that he may die.


15 And he that attacks his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.


16 And he that steals a man, and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.


17 And he that curses his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.


18 And if men quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he dies not, but keeps his bed; 19 if he rises again, and walk abroad on his staff, then shall he that hit him be absolved: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.


20 And if a man hits his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he dies under his hand; he shall surely be punished. 21 However, if he continues a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.


22 And if men fight together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her child departs, and yet no harm follows; he shall be surely fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.


26 And if a man hits the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, and destroys it; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. 27 And if he knocks out his man-servant’s tooth, or his maid-servant’s tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth’s sake.


28 And if an ox gores 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 absolved. 29 But if the ox was accustomed to gore in time past, and it has been testified to its owner, and he has not kept it in, but it has killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and its owner shall also be put to death. 30 If there be laid on him a ransom, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is laid upon him. 31 Whether it has gored a son, or gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done to him. 32 If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant, there shall be given to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.


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 in it, 34 the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall give money to the owner of it, and the dead beast shall be his.


35 And if one man’s ox hurts another’s, so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the price of it; and the dead also they shall divide. 36 Or if it be known that the ox was accustomed to gore in time past, and its owner has not kept it in; he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead beast shall be his own.



Exodus 22

If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. 2 If the thief is found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed. 3 If the sun has risen upon him, he shall be guilty of bloodshed; he shall make restitution: if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. 4 If the theft is found in his hand alive, whether it is ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall pay double.


5 If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall let his beast loose, and it feeds in another man’s field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.


6 If fire breaks out, and spreads into thorns, so that the shocks of grain, or the standing grain, or the field are consumed; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.


7 If a man shall deliver to his neighbor money or stuff to keep, and it is stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief is found, he shall pay double. 8 If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall come near to Elohim, to see whether he has put his hand to his neighbor’s goods. 9 For every matter of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, of which one says, This is it, the cause of both parties shall come before Elohim; he whom Elohim shall condemn shall pay double to his neighbor.


10 If a man delivers to his neighbor an ass, an ox, a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it dies, or is hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it: 11 the oath of Yahweh shall be between them both, whether he has put his hand to his neighbor’s goods; and the owner of it shall accept it, and he shall not make restitution. 12 But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to the owner of it. 13 If it is torn in pieces, let him bring it for a witness; he shall not make good that which was torn.


14 And if a man borrows anything of his neighbor, and it is hurt, or dies, the owner of it not being with it, he shall surely make restitution. 15 If the owner of it is with it, he shall not make it good: if it is a hired thing, it came for its hire.


16 And if a man entices a virgin that is not betrothed, and lies with her, he shall surely pay a dowry for her to be his wife. 17 If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.


18 You shall not suffer a sorceress to live.


19 Whoever lies with a beast shall surely be put to death.


20 He that sacrifices to any elohim, except to Yahweh only shall be utterly destroyed. 21 And a sojourner you shall not mistreat, neither shall you oppress him: for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 22 You shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 and my anger shall be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.


25 If you lend money to any of my people with you that is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor; neither shall you lay on him interest. 26 If you at all take your neighbor’s garment to pledge, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down: 27 for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin: in what shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he cries to me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.


28 You shall not revile Elohim, nor curse a ruler of your people. 29 You shall not delay to offer of your harvest, and of the outflow of your presses. The firstborn of your sons shah you give to me. 30 Likewise shall you do with your oxen, and with your sheep: seven days it shall be with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to me. 31 And you shall be holy men to me: therefore you shall not eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs.



Exodus 23

You shall not take up a false report: do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to pervert justice: 3 neither shall you favor a poor man in his cause.


4 If you meet your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. 5 If you see the ass of him that hates you lying under his burden, you shall forbear to leave him, you shall surely release it with him.


6 You shah not pervert the justice due to your poor in his cause. 7 Keep far from a false matter; and do not kill the innocent and righteous: for I will not justify the wicked. 8 And you shall take no bribe: for a bribe blinds them that have sight, and perverts the words of the righteous. 9 And a sojourner shall you not oppress: for you know the heart of a sojourner, seeing you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.


10 And six years you shall sow your land, and shall gather in the increase of it: 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow; that the poor of your people may eat: and what they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like manner you shall deal with your vineyard, and with your olive grove. 12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your ass may have rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the sojourner, may be refreshed. 13 And in all things that I have said to you take heed: and make no mention of the name of other elohim, neither let it be heard out of your mouth.


14 Three times you shall keep a feast to me in the year. 15 The feast of unleavened bread shall you keep: seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib (for in it you came out from Egypt); and none shall appear before me empty: 16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of your labors, which you sow in the field: and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year, when you gather in your labors out of the field. 17 Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the sovereign Yahweh.


18 You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my feast remain all night until the morning. 19 The first of the first-fruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of Yahweh your Elohim. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.


20 Behold, I send an angel before you, to keep you by the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 Take heed before him, and listen to his voice; provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgression: for my name is in him. 22 But if you shall indeed listen to his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and an adversary to your adversaries. 23 For my angel shall go before you, and bring you in to the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Canaanite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: and I will cut them off. 24 You shall not bow down to their elohim, or serve them, or do after their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them, and break in pieces their pillars. 25 And you shall serve Yahweh your Elohim, and he will bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you. 26 There shall none cast her young, nor be barren, in your land: the number of your days I will fulfil. 27 I will send my terror before you, and will confuse all the people to whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send the hornet before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate, and the beasts of the field multiply against you. 30 By little and little I will drive them out from before you, until you are increased, and inherit the land. 31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea even to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their elohim. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their elohim, it will surely be a snare to you.



Exodus 24

And he said to Moses, Come up to Yahweh, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship afar off: 2 and Moses alone shall come near to Yahweh; but they shall not come near; neither shall the people go up with him. 3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of Yahweh, and all the ordinances: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which Yahweh has spoken we will do. 4 And Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the mount, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt-offerings, and sacrificed peace-offerings of oxen to Yahweh. 6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that Yahweh has spoken we will do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which Yahweh has made with you concerning all these words.


9 Then Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu went up, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 10 and they saw the Elohim of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the very heaven for clearness. 11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: and they beheld Elohim, and ate and drank.


12 And Yahweh said to Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you the tables of stone, and the law and the commandment, which I have written, that you may teach them. 13 And Moses rose up, and Yahshua his minister: and Moses went up into the mount of Elohim. 14 And he said to the elders, Wait here for us, until we come again to you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a cause, let him come near to them. 15 And Moses went up into the mount, and the cloud covered the mount. 16 And the glory of Yahweh remained upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called to Moses out of the middle of the cloud. 17 And the appearance of the glory of Yahweh was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 And Moses entered into the middle of the cloud, and went up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

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