Exodus 22

Chapter 22

The Lord reveals His laws pertaining to stealing, destructions by fire, care of the property of others, borrowing, lascivious acts, sacrifices to false gods, afflicting widows, usury, reviling God, and the firstborn of men and of animals—The men of Israel are commanded to be holy.

1 If a man shall asteal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall brestore five oxen for an ox, and cfour sheep for a sheep.

2 If a thief be found abreaking bup, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.

3 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

4 If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall arestore double.

5 If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall aput in his beast, and shall feed in another man’s field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.

6 If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of acorn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that bkindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

7 If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double.

8 If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the ajudges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods.

9 For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.

10 If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it:

11 Then shall an aoath of the Lord be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods; and the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not bmake it good.

12 And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.

13 If it be atorn in pieces, then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

14 And if a man aborrow bought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good.

15 But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire.

16 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his awife.

17 If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of avirgins.

18 Thou shalt not suffer a awitch to live.

19 Whosoever lieth with a abeast shall surely be put to death.

20 He that asacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

21 Thou shalt neither vex a astranger, nor boppress him: for ye were cstrangers in the land of Egypt.

22 Ye shall not afflict any awidow, or fatherless child.

23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

24 And my awrath shall bwax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

25 If thou alend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him busury.

26 If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to apledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down:

27 For that is his acovering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am bgracious.

28 Thou shalt not arevile bthe gods, nor ccurse the druler of thy people.

29 Thou shalt not delay to offer the afirst of thy ripe fruits, and of thy bliquors: the cfirstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

30 Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: aseven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.

31 And ye shall be aholy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is btorn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.