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Exodus 21 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Ordinances for the People

(Deu 15:12–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:1 -

“Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them:

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:2 -

“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall leave as a free man without a payment to you.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:3 - “If he comes [fn]alone, he shall leave [fn]alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall leave with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 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 leave [fn]alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:5 - “But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not leave as a free man,’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:6 - then his master shall bring him to [fn]God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an [fn]awl; and he shall serve him permanently.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:7 -

“Now if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to [fn]go free as the male slaves [fn]do.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:8 - “If she is [fn]displeasing in the eyes of her master [fn]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 [fn]unfairness to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:9 - “And if he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:10 - “If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her [fn]food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:11 - “But if he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go [fn]free for nothing, without payment of money.

Personal Injuries

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:12 -

“He who strikes someone so that he dies shall certainly be put to death.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:13 - “Yet [fn]if he did not lie in wait for him, but God caused him to fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:14 - “If, however, someone is enraged against his neighbor, so as to kill him in a cunning way, you are to take him even from My altar, to be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:15 -

“And one who strikes his father or his mother shall certainly be put to death.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:16 -

“Now one who [fn]kidnaps someone, whether he sells him or he is found in his [fn]possession, shall certainly be put to death.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:17 -

“And one who curses his father or his mother shall certainly be put to death.

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“Now if people have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with a fist, and he does not die but [fn]is confined to bed,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 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 [fn]loss of time, and [fn]shall pay for his care until he is completely healed.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:20 -

“And if someone strikes his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies [fn]at his hand, he shall [fn]be punished.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:21 - “If, however, the slave [fn]survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for the slave is his [fn]property.
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“Now if people struggle with each other and strike a pregnant woman so that [fn]she gives birth prematurely, but there is no injury, the guilty person shall certainly be fined as the woman’s husband [fn]may demand of him, and he shall pay [fn]as the judges decide.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:23 - “But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:24 - eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:25 - burn for burn, wound for wound, [fn]bruise for bruise.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:26 -

“And if someone strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he shall let [fn]the slave go free on account of the eye.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:27 - “And if he [fn]knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let [fn]the slave go free on account of the tooth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:28 -

“Now if an ox gores a man or a woman [fn]to death, the ox shall certainly be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:30 - “If a ransom is [fn]demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is [fn]demanded of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:31 - “Whether it gores a son or [fn]a daughter, it shall be done to him according to [fn]the same rule.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:32 - “If the ox gores a male or female slave, [fn]the owner shall give his or her master [fn]thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Property Rights

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 -

“Now if someone opens a pit, or [fn]digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:34 - the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall [fn]give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:35 -

“And if someone’s ox injures another’s ox so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its proceeds equally; and they shall also divide the dead ox.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 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 must make restitution of ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit by himself
Lit by himself
Lit by himself
Or the judges (who acted in God’s name)
I.e., a pointed tool
Lit go out
Lit go out
Lit bad
Another reading is so that he did not designate her
Lit dealing treacherously
Lit flesh
Lit out
Lit he who
Lit steals
Lit hand
Lit lies in
Lit his sitting
Lit healing, he shall cause to be healed
Lit under
Lit suffer vengeance
Lit stands
Lit money
Or an untimely birth occurs; lit her children come out
Lit lays on him
Lit by arbitration
Lit welt
Lit him go...his eye
Lit causes to fall
Lit him go...his tooth
Lit so that he dies
Lit laid on him
Lit laid on him
Lit gores a daughter
Lit this judgment
Lit he
About 15 oz. or 425 gm
Lit if a man digs
Lit give back

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