2“Suppose you buy a Hebrew servant. He must serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, you must set him free. He does not have to pay anything.
3“If he does not have a wife when he comes, he must go free alone. But if he has a wife when he comes, she must go with him. 4Suppose his master gives him a wife. And suppose she has sons or daughters by him. Then only the man will go free. The woman and her children will belong to her master.
5“But suppose the servant says, ‘I love my master and my wife and children. I don’t want to go free.’ 6Then his master must take him to the judges. He must be taken to the door or doorpost of his master’s house. His master must poke a hole through his ear lobe into the doorpost. Then he will become his servant for life.
10“What if he marries another woman? He must still give the first one her food and clothes and make love to her. 11If he does not provide her with those three things, she can go free. She does not have to pay anything.
12“You can be sure that if anyone hits and kills someone else, he will be put to death. 13Suppose he did not do it on purpose. Suppose I let it happen. Then he can escape to a place I will choose. 14But suppose he kills someone on purpose. Then take him away from my altar and put him to death.
18“Suppose two men get into a fight and argue with each other. One hits the other with a stone or his fist. He does not die but has to stay in bed. 19And later he gets up and walks around outside with his walking stick. Then the man who hit him will not be held accountable. But he must pay the one who was hurt for the time he spent in bed. He must be sure that the person is completely healed.
20“Suppose a man beats his male or female slave to death with a club. Then he must be punished. 21But he will not be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two. After all, the slave is his property.
22“Suppose some men are fighting and one of them hits a pregnant woman. And suppose she has her baby early but is not badly hurt. Then the man who hurt her must pay a fine. He must pay what the woman’s husband asks for and the court allows.
23“But if someone is badly hurt, a life must be taken for a life. 24An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth. A hand must be cut off for a hand and a foot for a foot. 25A burn must be given for a burn, a wound for a wound, and a bruise for a bruise.
29“But suppose the bull has had the habit of attacking people. And suppose the owner has been warned but has not kept it fenced in. Then if it kills a man or woman, you must kill it with stones. The owner must also be put to death.
33“Suppose a man uncovers a pit or digs one and does not cover it. And suppose an ox or donkey falls into it. 34Then the owner of the pit must pay the animal’s owner for the loss. The dead animal will belong to the owner of the pit.
36“But suppose people knew that the bull had the habit of attacking. And suppose the owner did not keep it fenced in. Then he must give another animal to pay for the dead animal. The dead animal will belong to him.