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His counsel to Moses. EXODUS.

Israel at Sinai. thou thyself alone, and all the peo- | 26 And they judged the people at ple stand by thee from morning un- all seasons: the hard causes they to even?

brought unto Moses, but every small
15 And Moses said unto his father matter they judged themselves.
in law, Because the people come 27 And Moses let his father in
unto me to inquire of God: law depart; and he went his way

16 When they have a matter, they into his own land.
come unto me; and I judge between
one and another, and I do make

them know the statutes of God, and the people come to Sinai. 3 God's message by

Moses unto the people from the mount, 8 and their his laws.

answer in return. 10 The people are to be pre 17 And Moses' father in law said

pared against the third day. 12 The mountain

not to be touched. 16 The fearful presence of unto him, The thing that thou doest God upon the mount. is not good.

TN the third month, when the chil18 Thou wilt surely wear away,

dren of Israel were gone forth both thou, and this people that is out of the land of Egypt, the same with thee: for this thing is too heavy day came they into the wilderness for thee; thou art not able to per- of Sinai. form it thyself alone.

2 For they were departed from 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I Rephidim, and were come to the will give thee counsel, and God shall desert of Sinai, and had pitched in be with thee: Be thou for the peo- the wilderness; and there Israel ple to God-ward, that thou mayest camped before the mount. bring the causes unto God :

3 And Moses went up unto God, 20 And thou shalt teach them or- and the LORD called unto him out dinances and laws, and shalt shew of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt them the way wherein they must thou say to the house of Jacob, and walk, and the work that they must do tell the children of Israel ;

21 Moreover thou shalt provide 4 Ye have seen what I did unto
ont of all the people able men, such the Egyptians, and how I bare you
as fear God, men of truth, hating on eagles' wings, and brought you
covetousness ; and place such over unto myself.
them, to be rulers of thousands, and 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey
rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, my voice indeed, and keep my cov-
and rulers of tens:

enant, then ye shall be a peculiar
22 And let them judge the people treasure unto me above all people:
at all seasons: and it shall be, that for all the earth is mine:
every great matter they shall bring 6 And ye shall be unto me a king-
unto thee, but every small matter dom of priests, and a holy nation.
they shall judge: 80 shall it be easi- These are the words which thou
er for thyself, and they shall bear shalt speak unto the children of
the burden with thee.

Israel. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and 7 And Moses came and called God command thee so, then thou for the elders of the people, and laid shalt be able to endure, and all this before their faces all these words people shall also go to their place which the LORD commanded him.

8 And all the people answered to24 So Moses hearkened to the gether, and said, All that the LORD voice of his father in law, and did hath spoken we will do. And Moall that he had said.

ses returned the words of the peo25 And Moses chose able men out ple unto the LORD. of all Israel, and made them heads 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, over the people, rulers of thousands, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick ralers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, cloud, that the people may hear and rulers of tens.

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The people afraid. EXODUS.

Laws about servants. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy do all thy work:

peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine 10 But the seventh day is the sab-oxen: in all places where I record bath of the LORD thy God: in it my name I will come unto thee, and thou shalt not do any work, thou, I will bless thee. nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy 25 And if thou wilt make me an manservant, nor thy maidservant, altar of stone, thou shalt not build nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up is within thy gates :

thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 11 For in six days the Lord made 26 Neither shalt thou go up by heaven and earth, the sea, and all steps unto mine altar, that thy nathat in them is, and rested the sev- kedness be not discovered thereon. enth day: wherefore the Lord bless

ed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy moth-

Laws for menservants; 5 for the servant whose

ear is bored; 7 for womenservants; 12 for maner: that thy days may be long up

slaughter; 16 for stealers of men; 17 for cursers on the land which the LORD thy

of parents; 18 for smilers; 22 for a hurt by

chance; 28 for an ox that gorelh; 33 and för God giveth thee.

him that is an occasion of harm. 13 Thou shalt not kill.

TOW these are the judgments 14 shalt

which thou shalt set before 15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false wit 2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six
ness against thy neighbour. years he shall serve: and in the sey-

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neigh-enth he shall go out free for nothing.
bour's house, thou shalt not covet thy 3 If he came in by himself, he shall
neighbour's wife, nor his manserv- go out by himself: if lie were mar-
ant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, ried, then his wife shall go out with
nor his ass, nor any thing that is him.
thy neighbour's.

4 If his master have given him a 18. And all the people saw the wife, and she have borne him sons thunderings

, and the lightnings, and or daughters; the wife and her chilthe noise of the trumpet, and the dren shall be her master's, and he mountain smoking: and when the shall go out by himself. people saw it, they removed, and 5 And if the servant shall plainly stood afar off.

say, I love my master, my wife, and 19 And they said unto Moses, my children; I will not go out free: Speak thou with us, and we will 6 Then his master shall bring him hear: but let not God speak with unto the judges; he shall also bring us, lest we die.

him to the door, or unto the door20 And Moses said unto the peo- post; and his master shall bore his ple, Fear not: for God is come to ear through with an awl; and he prove you, and that his fear may be shall serve him for ever. before your faces, that ye sin not. 7 And if a man sell his daughter 21 And the people stood afar off, to be a maidservant, she shall not go and Moses drew near unto the thick out as the menservants do. darkness where God was.

8 If she please not her master, 22 And the Lord said unto Moses, who hath betrothed her to himself, Thus thou shalt say unto the chil- then shall he let her be redeemed: dren of Israel, Ye have seen that I to sell her unto a strange nation he bave talked with you from heaven. shall have no power, seeing he hath 23 Ye shall not make with me dealt deceitfully with her. gods of silver, neither shall ye make 9 And if he have betrothed her unto you gods of gold.

unto his son, he shall deal with her 24 An altar of earth thou shalt after the manner of daughters. make unto me, and shalt sacrifice 10 If he take him another wife,

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Sundry laws


and ordinances. her food, her raiment, and her duty that it perish; he shall let him go of marriage, shall he not diminish. free for his eye's sake.

11 And if he do not these three 27 And if he smite out his manunto her, then shall she go out free servant's tooth, or his maidservant's without money.

tooth; he shall let him go free for 12 , He that smiteth a man, so that his tooth's sake. he die, shall be surely put to death. 28 T If an ox gore a man or a

13 And if a man lie not in wait, woman, that they die, then the ox but God deliver him into his hand; shall be surely stoned, and his flesh then I will appoint thee a place shall not be eaten; but the owner whither he shall flee.

of the ox shall be quit. 14 But if a man come presumptu 29 But if the ox were wont to push ously upon his neighbour to slay with his horn in time past, and it him with guile, thou shalt take him hath been testified to his owner, and from mine altar, that he may die. he hath not kept him in, but that he

15 And he that smiteth his father, hath killed a man or a woman; the or his mother, shall be surely put to ox shall be stoned, and his owner death.

also shall be put to death. 16 And he that stealeth a man, and 30 If there be laid on him a sum selleth him, or if he be found in his of money, then he shall give for the hand, he shall surely be put to death. ransom of his life whatsoever is laid

17 And he that curseth his father, upon him. or his mother, shall surely be put to 31 Whether he have gored a son, or death.

have gored a daughter, according to 18 And if men strive together, and this judgment shall it be done unto one smite another with a stone, or him. with his fist, and he die not, but 32 If the ox shall push a manservkeepeth his bed,

ant or a maidservant, he shall give 19 If he rise again, and walk abroad unto their master thirty shekels of upon his staff, then shall he that silver, and the ox shall be stoned. smote him be quit: only he shall pay 33 And if a man shall open a pit, or for the loss of his time, and shall if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover cause him to be thoroughly healed. it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;

20 And if a man smite his servant, 34 The owner of the pit shall make or his maid, with a rod, and he die it good, and give money unto the under his hand; he shall be surely owner of them; and the dead beast punished.

shall be his. 21 Notwithstanding, if he continue 35 And if one man's ox hurt anotha day or two, he shall not be punish- er's, that he die, then they shall sell ed: for he is his money.

the live ox, and divide the money of 22 If men strive, and hurt a woman it; and the dead or also they shall with child, so that her fruit depart divide. from her, and yet no mischief follow, 36 Or if it be known that the ox he shall be surely punished, accord- hath used to push in time past, and ing as the woman's husband will his owner hath not kept him in, he lay upon him; and he shall pay as shall surely pay ox for ox; and the the judges determine.

dead shall be his own. 23 And if any mischief follow, then

CHAPTER XXII. thou shalt give life for life,

of theft. 5 Of damage. 7 Os trespasses. 14 Of 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth,

borrowing. 16 of fornication. 18 of wilchhand for hand, foot for foot,

craft. 19 Of bestiality. 20 Of idolatry. 21

of strangers, widows, and fatherless. 25 Of 25 Burning for burning, wound for

usury. 26 Of pledges. 28 Of reverence to mag. wound, stripe for stripe.

istrates. 29 of the firstfruits. 26 And if a man smite the eye of F a man shall steal an ox, or a his servant, or the eye of his maid, sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he

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