Laws About Restitution

Exodus 21

33 "And if a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in it, 34 "the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall give money to their owner, but the dead animal shall be his.

35 "If one man's ox hurts another's, so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money from it; and the dead ox they shall also divide. 36 "Or if it was known that the ox tended to thrust in time past, and its owner has not kept it confined, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall be his own.

Exodus 22

1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall a restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep. 2 "If the thief is found b breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be c no guilt for his bloodshed. 3 "If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be d sold 1 for his theft. 4 "If the theft is certainly e found alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall f restore double.

5 "If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed, and lets loose his animal, and it feeds in another man's field, he shall make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard.

6 "If fire breaks out and catches in thorns, so that stacked grain, standing grain, or the field is consumed, he who kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

7 "If a man g delivers to his neighbor money or articles to keep, and it is stolen out of the man's house, h if the thief is found, he shall pay double. 8 "If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought to the i judges to see whether he has put his hand into his neighbor's goods. 9 "For any kind of trespass, whether it concerns an ox, a donkey, a sheep, or clothing, or for any kind of lost thing which another claims to be his, the j cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whomever the judges condemn shall pay double to his neighbor.

10 "If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any animal to keep, and it dies, is hurt, or driven away, no one seeing it, 11 "then an k oath of the LORD shall be between them both, that he has not put his hand into his neighbor's goods; and the owner of it shall accept that, and he shall not make it good. 12 "But l if, in fact, it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to the owner of it. 13 "If it is m torn to pieces by a beast, then he shall bring it as evidence, and he shall not make good what was torn.

14 "And if a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it becomes injured or dies, the owner of it not being with it, he shall surely make it good. 15 "If its owner was with it, he shall not make it good; if it was hired, it came for its hire.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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