1 When someoneI stealsII an oxIII or a sheep,IV
and slaughtersV it or sellsVI it, the thief shall payVII fiveVIII oxenIX for an ox,X and fourXI sheepXII for a sheep.XIII
2 If a thiefXIV is foundXV breaking in,XVI and is beatenXVII to death,XVIII no bloodguiltXIX is incurred;
3 but if it happens after sunrise,XX bloodguilt is incurred. The thief shall make restitution,XXI but if unable to do so, shall be sold for the theft.XXII 4 When the animal,XXIII whether oxXXIV or donkeyXXV or sheep,XXVI
is foundXXVII aliveXXVIII in the thief’s possession,XXIX the thief shall pay double.XXX
5 When someone causes a fieldXXXI or vineyardXXXII to be grazedXXXIII over, or lets livestockXXXIV looseXXXV to graze in someone else’sXXXVI field, restitution shall be made from the bestXXXVII in the owner’s field orXXXVIII vineyard.
6 When fireXXXIX breaks outXL and catchesXLI in thornsXLII
so that the stacked grainXLIII or the standing grainXLIV or the field is consumed,XLV the one who startedXLVI the fireXLVII shall make full restitution.XLVIII
7 When someone deliversXLIX to a neighborL moneyLI
or goodsLII for safekeeping,LIII and they are stolen from the neighbor’sLIV house,LV then the thief, if caught, shall pay double.
8 If the thief is not caught, the ownerLVI of the house shall be broughtLVII before God,LVIII to determine whether or not the owner had laidLIX handsLX on the neighbor’sLXI goods.LXII
9 In anyLXIII caseLXIV of disputed ownershipLXV involving ox,LXVI
donkey, sheep,LXVII clothing,LXVIII or any other loss,LXIX of which one party says, “This is mine,” the case of bothLXX parties shall comeLXXI before God; the one whom God condemnsLXXII shall pay double to the other.LXXIII
10 When someone delivers to anotherLXXIV a donkey, ox,LXXV sheep,LXXVI or any other animalLXXVII for safekeeping, and it dies or is injuredLXXVIII or is carried off,LXXIX without anyone seeingLXXX it,
11 an oathLXXXI before the LordLXXXII shall decideLXXXIII betweenLXXXIV the twoLXXXV of them that the one has not laid hands on the propertyLXXXVI of the other; the owner shall acceptLXXXVII the oath, and no restitution shall be made.
12 But if it was stolen,LXXXVIII restitution shall be made to its owner. 13 If it was mangledLXXXIX by beasts, let it be broughtXC as evidence;XCI restitution shall not be made for the mangled remains.XCII
14 When someone borrowsXCIII an animal from another and it is injured or dies, the owner not being present, full restitution shall be made.XCIV 15 If the owner was present, there shall be no restitution; if it was hired,XCV only the hiring feeXCVI is due.XCVII
16 When a manXCVIII seducesXCIX a virginC who is not engaged to be married,CI and liesCII with her, he shall give the bride-priceCIII for her and make her his wife.CIV
17 But if her fatherCV refusesCVI to giveCVII her to him, he shall payCVIII an amountCIX equal to the bride-priceCX for virgins.
18 You shall not permit a female sorcererCXI to live.CXII
19 WhoeverCXIII lies with an animalCXIV shall be put to death.CXV
20 Whoever sacrificesCXVI to any god,CXVII other thanCXVIII the Lord alone,CXIX shall be devoted to destruction.CXX
21 You shall not wrongCXXI or oppressCXXII a resident alien,CXXIII for you wereCXXIV aliens in the landCXXV of Egypt.CXXVI
22 You shall not abuseCXXVII any widowCXXVIII or orphan.CXXIX 23 If you do abuseCXXX them, when they cry outCXXXI to me, I will surely heedCXXXII their cry;CXXXIII
24 my wrathCXXXIV will burn,CXXXV and I will killCXXXVI you with the sword,CXXXVII and your wives shall becomeCXXXVIII widows and your childrenCXXXIX orphans.
25 If you lendCXL money to my people,CXLI to the poorCXLII among you,
you shall not dealCXLIII with them as a creditor;CXLIV you shall not exactCXLV interestCXLVI from them.
26 If you take your neighbor’s cloakCXLVII in pawn,CXLVIII you shall restoreCXLIX it before the sunCL goes down;CLI
27 for it may be your neighbor’s onlyCLII clothingCLIII to use as cover;CLIV in what else shall that person sleep?CLV AndCLVI if your neighbor cries out to me, I will listen,CLVII for I am compassionate.CLVIII
28 You shall not revileCLIX God, or curse a leaderCLX of your people.
29 You shall not delayCLXI to make offerings from the fullness of your harvestCLXII and from the outflow of your presses.CLXIII
The firstbornCLXIV of your sonsCLXV you shall give to me. 30 You shall doCLXVI the sameCLXVII
with your oxenCLXVIII and with your sheep:CLXIX sevenCLXX daysCLXXI it shall remainCLXXII with its mother;CLXXIII on the eighthCLXXIV day you shall give it to me.
31 You shall be peopleCLXXV consecratedCLXXVI to me; therefore you shall not eat any meatCLXXVII that is mangled by beasts in the field; you shall throwCLXXVIII it to the dogs.CLXXIX
Image credit: “The Dagger” by Tassos, 1940.