1. If a thief is caught breaking into a house and receives a mortal blow, the man who struck him will not be guilty of his death,

2. but if it happened after dawn he will be guilty of murder. The thief must make full restitution. If he cannot do this he must be sold for what he has stolen.

3. If what has been stolen is found alive in his possession, be it ox, donkey or sheep, he must pay double.

4. If a man puts his animals to graze and lets them stray and feed in another man's field or vineyard, he must make good the loss with the best of his own crop and the best of his vineyard.

5. When a fire breaks out and spreads through the thorn bushes and burns the grain that is either stacked or growing there, the one who started the fire must pay for the damage.

6. If a man gives money or goods to another to keep for him, and they are stolen, the thief, if he is found, shall pay back double.

7. Should the thief not be found, the man who owns the house must swear before the judges that he has not stolen the other man's property.

8. Whenever there is a failure of trust whether it concerns an ox, donkey, sheep, clothing or any other lost object, the case shall come before the judges. The person the judges find guilty shall pay double to the other.

9. If a man entrusts to his neighbor his donkey, cow, sheep or other animal, and the animal dies or is injured, or is carried off without being seen,

10. an oath before Yahweh shall prove that the man has not stolen the other's property. The owner of the animal shall accept the oath and the other shall not make restitution.

11. But if the animal has been stolen from him, restitution shall be made.

12. If the animal was killed by wild beasts, the man must bring the remains as evidence but shall not pay anything.

13. When a man borrows an animal from his neighbor and the animal is injured or dies when the owner is not present, the man who borrowed must pay for it.

14. But if the owner is present the borrower need not repay.

15. If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her, he shall pay the "bride price" and marry her.

16. If her father refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to that for a virgin given in marriage.

17. You shall not allow a sorceress to live.

18. Whoever has sexual relations with a beast shall die.

19. Whoever sacrifices to any god other than Yahweh shall die.

20. You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

21. You shall not harm the widow or the orphan.

22. If you do harm them and they cry out to me, I will hear them

23. and my anger will blaze and I will kill you with the sword, and your own wives will be widows and your own children orphans.

24. If you lend money to any of my people who are poor, do not act like a moneylender and do not charge him interest.

25. If ever you take a person's cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him by sunset,

26. for it is all the covering he has for his body. In what else will he sleep? And when he cries to me I will hear him, for I am full of pity.

27. Do not revile God or curse a ruler of your people.

28. Do not delay in giving me my share of your wheat and your wine. You shall give to me the firstborn of your sons.

29. It shall be the same for your cattle and sheep. The firstborn shall stay with its mother for seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to me.

30. You are to be men consecrated to my service. Do not eat flesh that has been torn by wild animals; let it be given to the dogs.

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