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Exodus 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Protection of Property

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:1 - “Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:2 - “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:3 - but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed. “Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:4 - If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:5 - “If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of their own field or vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:6 - “If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:7 - “If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:8 - But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges, and they must[fn] determine whether the owner of the house has laid hands on the other person’s property.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:9 - In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges.[fn] The one whom the judges declare[fn] guilty must pay back double to the other.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:10 - “If anyone gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to their neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:11 - the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person’s property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:12 - But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, restitution must be made to the owner.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:13 - If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, the neighbor shall bring in the remains as evidence and shall not be required to pay for the torn animal.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:14 - “If anyone borrows an animal from their neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, they must make restitution.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:15 - But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.

Social Responsibility

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:16 - “If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:17 - If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:18 - “Do not allow a sorceress to live.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:19 - “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:20 - “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:21 - “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:22 - “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:23 - If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:24 - My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:25 - “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:26 - If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:27 - because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:28 - “Do not blaspheme God[fn] or curse the ruler of your people.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:29 - “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.[fn] “You must give me the firstborn of your sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:30 - Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:31 - “You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.
NIV Footnotes
Or before God, and he will
Or before God
Or whom God declares
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.
Or Do not revile the judges
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

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