22 “Suppose a man steals an ox or a sheep. And suppose he kills it or sells it. Then he must pay back five head of cattle for the ox. Or he must pay back four sheep or goats for the sheep.
2“Suppose you catch a thief breaking into your house. And suppose you hit the thief and kill him. Then you are not guilty of murder. 3But suppose it happens after the sun has come up. Then you are guilty of murder.
“A thief must pay for what he has stolen. But suppose he does not have anything. Then he must be sold to pay for what he has stolen.
6“Suppose a fire breaks out and spreads into bushes. It burns grain that has been cut and stacked. Or it burns grain that is still growing. Or it burns the whole field. Then the one who started the fire must pay for the loss.
9“Suppose you have an ox, donkey, sheep or clothing that does not belong to you. Or you have other property that was lost by someone else. And suppose someone says, ‘That belongs to me.’ Then both people must bring their case to the judges. The one the judges decide is guilty must pay back twice as much to the other person.
10“Suppose a man asks his neighbor to take care of a donkey, ox, sheep or any other animal. And suppose the animal dies or gets hurt. Or suppose it is stolen while no one is looking. 11Then the problem will be settled by taking an oath and promising the Lord to tell the truth.
“Suppose the neighbor takes an oath and says, ‘I didn’t steal your property.’ Then the owner must accept what the neighbor says. No payment is required.
16“Suppose a man meets a virgin who is not engaged. And he talks her into having sex with him. Then he must pay her father the price for a bride. And he must get married to her.
26“Suppose your neighbor owes you money and gives you a coat as a promise to pay it back. Then return it to him by sunset. 27That coat is the only thing he owns to wear or sleep in. When he cries out to me, I will listen, because I am loving and kind.