The boke of Exodus. The .xxj. Chapter.
- These are the lawes which thou shalt set before the.
- Yf thou bye a servaunte that is an hebrue, sixte yeres he shall serue, and the seuenth he shall goo out fre paynge nothinge.
- Yf he came alone, he shall goo out alone: Yf he came maried, his wife shall go out with hi.
- And yf his master haue geuen him a wife and she haue borne him sonnes or doughters: then the wife and hir childern shalbe hir masters ad he shall goo out alone.
- But and yf the servaunte saye I loue my master and my wife and my children, I will not goo out fre.
- Then let his master bringe him vnto the goddes ad set him to the doore or the dorepost, ad bore his eare thorow with a naule, ad let him be his servaunte for euer.
- Yf a man sell his doughter to be a servaunte: she shall not goo out as the men servauntes doo.
- Yf she please not hir master, so that he hath geuen her to no man to wife, then shal he let hir goo fre: to sell her vnto a straunge nacion shal he haue no power, because he despised her.
- Yf he haue promysed her vnto his sonne to wife, he shal deale with her as men do with their doughters.
- Yf he take him another wife, yet hir fode, rayment and dutie off mariage shall he not mynisshe.
- Yf he do not these thre vnto her, then shal she goo out fre and paye no money.
- He that smyteth a man that he dye, shalbe slayne for it.
- Yf a ma laye not awayte but God delyuer him in to his hande, then I wyll poynte the a place whether he shall fle.
- Yf a man come presumptuously vppon his neyghboure ad slee him with gile, thou shalt take him fro myne alter that he dye.
- And he that smyteth his father or his mother, shall dye for it.
- He that stealeth a ma ad selleth him (yf it be proued vppon hym) shall be slayne for it.
- And he that curseth his father or mother, shall be put to deth for it.
- Yf men stryue together and one smyte another with a stone or with his fyste, so that he dye not, but lyeth in bedd:
- yf he ryse agayne and walke without vpon his staffe then shall he that smote hi goo quyte: saue only he shal bere his charges while he laye in bed and paye for his healinge.
- Yf a man smyte his servaunte or his mayde with a staffe that they dye vnder his hande, it shalbe auenged.
- But ad yf they contynue a daye or two, it shall not be auenged for they are his money.
- when men stryue and smyte a woman with childe so that hir frute departe from her and yet no mysfortune foloweth: then shall he be mersed, acordynge as the womans husbonde will laye to his charge, and he shall paye as the dayes men appoynte him.
- But and yf any mysfortune folowe, then shall he paye lyfe for lyfe,
- eye for eye, toth for toth, hande for hande, fote for fote,
- burnynge for burnynge, wonde for wonde and strype for strype.
- Yf a man smyte his servaunte or his mayde in the eye and put it out, he shall let the goo fre for the eyes sake.
- Also yf he smyte out hys servauntes or his maydes toth, he shall let the go out fre for the tothes sake.
- Yf an oxe gore a man or a woman that they dye, then the oxe shalbe stoned, and hys flesh shall not be eaten: and his master shall go quyte.
- Yf the oxe were wont to runne at men in tyme past and it hath bene tolde his master, and he hath not kepte him, but that he hath kylled a man or a woman: then the oxe shalbe stoned and hys master shall dye also.
- Yf he be sett to a summe off money, then he shall geue for the delyueraunce off his lyfe, acordynge to all that is put vnto him.
- And whether he hath gored a sonne or a doughter, he shalbe serued after the same maner
- But yf it be a servaunt or a mayde that the oxe hath gored, then he shall geue vnto their master the summe of .xxx sicles, ad the oxe shall be stoned.
- Yf a man open a well or dygge a pytt and couer it not, but that an oxe or an asse fall theryn
- the owner off the pytte shall make it good and geue money vnto their master, and the dead beest shalbe his.
- Yf one mans oxe hurte anothers that he dye: then they shall sell the lyue oxe and deuyde the money, and the deed oxe also they shall deuyde.
- But and yf it be knowne that the oxe hath vsed to pusshe in tymes past, then because his master hath not kepte hi, he shall paye oxe for oxe. and the deed shalbe his awne.
Goddes are the judges which are in God’s stead.
But the pope saith come to mine altar.
God so abhorreth murder, that the unreasonable beasts must die therefore, and their flesh cast away.