Exodus 22 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Laws about Property
2 “If a thief is caught[e] breaking in[f] and is struck so that he dies, there will be no blood guilt for him.[g] 3 If the sun has risen on him, then there is blood guilt for him. A thief[h] must surely make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he will be sold for his theft. 4 If the stolen item should in fact be found[i] alive in his possession,[j] whether it be an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he must pay back double.[k]
5 “If a man grazes[l] his livestock[m] in a field or a vineyard and he lets the livestock loose and they graze in the field of another man, he must make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard.
7 “If a man gives his neighbor money or articles[q] for safekeeping[r] and it is stolen from the man’s house, if the thief is caught,[s] he must repay double. 8 If the thief is not caught,[t] then the owner of the house will be brought before the judges[u] to see[v] whether he has laid[w] his hand on his neighbor’s goods. 9 In all cases of illegal possessions,[x] whether for an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any kind of lost item, about which someone says ‘This belongs to me,’[y] the matter of the two of them will come before the judges,[z] and the one whom[aa] the judges declare guilty[ab] must repay double to his neighbor. 10 If a man gives his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep, and it dies or is injured[ac] or is carried away[ad] without anyone seeing it,[ae] 11 then there will be an oath to the Lord[af] between the two of them, that he has not laid his hand on his neighbor’s goods, and its owner will accept this, and he will not have to pay. 12 But if it was stolen[ag] from him,[ah] he will pay its owner. 13 If it is torn in pieces, then he will bring it for evidence,[ai] and he will not have to pay for what was torn.
14 “If a man borrows an animal[aj] from his neighbor and it is hurt or dies when its owner was not with it, the man who borrowed it[ak] will surely pay. 15 If its owner was with it, he will not have to pay; if it was hired, what was paid for the hire covers it.[al]
Moral and Ceremonial Laws
16 [am] “If a man seduces a virgin[an] who is not engaged[ao] and goes to bed[ap] with her, he must surely pay the marriage price[aq] for her to be his wife. 17 If her father refuses to give her to him, he must pay money for the bride price of virgins.
18 “You must not allow a sorceress to live.[ar]
19 “Whoever has sexual relations[as] with a beast must surely be put to death.
22 “You must not afflict[ax] any widow or orphan. 23 If you afflict them[ay] in any way[az] and they cry to me, I will surely hear[ba] their cry, 24 and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless.[bb]
25 “If you lend money to any of[bc] my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender[bd] to him; do not charge[be] him interest.[bf] 26 If you do take[bg] the garment of your neighbor in pledge, you must return it to him by the time the sun goes down,[bh] 27 for it is his only covering—it is his garment for his body.[bi] What else can he sleep in?[bj] And[bk] when he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am gracious.
29 “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.[bn] You must give me the firstborn of your sons. 30 You must also do this for your oxen and for your sheep; seven days they may remain with their mothers, but give them to me on the eighth day.