Exodus 22

Property Theft and Damage Laws

(1) If a man steals an ox, or a sheep, and kills it, or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.

(2) If a thief is found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt of bloodshed for him.

(3) If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed; he should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

(4) If the theft is certainly found in his hand alive, whether it is an ox, or donkey, or sheep, he shall restore double.

(5) If a man shall put his beast in another man’s field or vineyard and cause it to be eaten, he shall make restitution from the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard.

(6) If fire breaks out, and catchs in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field is consumed, he who kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

Tresspass Laws

(7) If a man shall deliver to his neighbor money or things to keep, and it is stolen out of the man’s house, if the thief is found, let him pay double.

(8) If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought to the judges, to see whether he has put his hand on his neighbor’s goods.

(9) For all manner of trespass, whether it is for an ox, a donkey, a sheep, or clothing, or for any manner of lost thing, which another declares to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whomever the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double to his neighbor.

(10) If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey, or an ox, or a sheep, or any animal, to keep, and it dies, or is hurt, or driven away, with no man seeing it,

(11) then an oath of the LORD shall be between them both, that he has not put his hand on his neighbor’s goods; and the owner of it shall accept the oath, and he shall not make it good.

(12) But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to the owner of it.

(13) If it is torn to pieces, then let him bring it as evidence, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

Property Borrowing Laws

(14) If a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is hurt, or dies, the owner of it not being with it, he shall surely make it good.

(15) But if the owner of it is with it, he shall not make it good; if it was hired, it came for his hire.

Fornication Laws

(16) If a man entices a virgin that is not betrothed, and lies with her, he shall surely pay the price 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.

Witchcraft, Bestiality and Idolatry Laws

(18) You shall not allow a witch to live.

(19) Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.

(20) He who sacrifices to any god, except to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Strangers, Widows and Fatherless Laws

(21) You shall neither mistreat a stranger, nor oppress him; for YOU were strangers in the land of Egypt.

(22) YOU shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

(23) If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry;

(24) and my wrath shall grow hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

Usury and Pledges Laws

(25) If you lend money to any of my people who are poor with you, you shall not be as a creditor to him, neither shall you charge him interest.

(26) If you ever take your neighbor’s clothing as a pledge, you shall return it to him by the time the sun goes down.

(27) For that is his only covering, it is his clothing 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 the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.

First Fruits and Torn Flesh Laws

(29) You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of your juices; the firstborn of your sons you shall give to me.

(30) Likewise you shall do the same 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; neither shall YOU eat any flesh that is torn by beasts in the field; YOU shall throw it to the dogs.

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