New International Version

Exodus 22:1-31

Protection of Property

In Hebrew texts 22:1 is numbered 21:37, and 22:2-31 is numbered 22:1-30. 1“Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

2“If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; 3but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed.

“Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft. 4If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double.

5“If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of their own field or vineyard.

6“If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.

7“If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double. 8But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges, and they must22:8 Or before God, and he will determine whether the owner of the house has laid hands on the other person’s property. 9In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges.22:9 Or before God The one whom the judges declare22:9 Or whom God declares guilty must pay back double to the other.

10“If anyone gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to their neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking, 11the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the Lord that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person’s property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required. 12But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, restitution must be made to the owner. 13If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, the neighbor shall bring in the remains as evidence and shall not be required to pay for the torn animal.

14“If anyone borrows an animal from their neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, they must make restitution. 15But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.

Social Responsibility

16“If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife. 17If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.

18“Do not allow a sorceress to live.

19“Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death.

20“Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the Lord must be destroyed.22:20 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

21“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

22“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

25“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. 26If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset, 27because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

28“Do not blaspheme God22:28 Or Do not revile the judges or curse the ruler of your people.

29“Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.22:29 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

“You must give me the firstborn of your sons. 30Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.

31“You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及记 22:1-31


1“倘若有人偷了别人的牛羊,然后宰了或卖了,他要用五头牛抵偿一头牛,四只羊抵偿一只羊。 2倘若有人打死正入屋偷窃的贼,这人不算犯杀人罪。 3倘若事情发生在白天,家主就犯了杀人罪。倘若盗贼被擒,他就要赔偿家主,若他一无所有,就要把他卖为奴隶作赔偿。 4倘若他偷的牲畜如牛、羊或驴在他手上还活着,他要偿还失主双倍。

5“倘若有人在田野或葡萄园里牧放牲畜,任由牲畜吃别人田里的农作物或葡萄,他必须拿自己田里最好的农作物或葡萄作赔偿。 6倘若有人在自己的田间焚烧荆棘,不小心烧掉了别人的庄稼、禾捆或整个田园,那生火的人就要赔偿一切损失。

7“倘若有人把金钱或物件交给邻居保管,邻居家遭盗,盗贼被缉拿归案后要赔偿双倍; 8倘若没捉到盗贼,邻居就要到审判官那里证明自己没有偷拿。 9倘若二人之间有什么纠纷,无论是为了牛、驴、羊、衣服或失物,争执的双方要把案件呈报审判官,审判官判谁败诉,谁就要赔偿双倍。 10倘若有人把驴、牛、羊或别的牲畜交给邻居看管,牲畜死伤或被人抢走,并且无人看见, 11看守的人就要在耶和华面前起誓没有动邻居的东西,这样失主就应当作罢,看守的人不用赔偿。 12但若牲畜是被人偷去的,受托人就要赔偿失主。 13倘若牲畜被野兽咬死,受托人要把残骸带来当证据,无需赔偿被咬死的牲畜。 14倘若有人向邻居借牲畜,牲畜受伤或死掉,而当时物主不在场,借的人就要赔偿。 15倘若物主当时在场,借的人就不用赔偿。倘若牲畜是租来的,租的人只需付租金不用赔偿。


16“倘若有人诱奸了尚未许配的处女,他就要交出聘礼,娶她为妻; 17倘若女方家长反对婚事,男方要付出相当于聘礼的金钱给女方家长。





22“不可亏待寡妇和孤儿, 23倘若你们欺凌他们,他们向我呼求,我必听他们的呼求, 24向你们发怒,用刀杀掉你们,使你们的妻子变为寡妇,儿女成为孤儿。

25“倘若有贫苦的同胞向你借钱,你不可像放债的一样从中取利。 26倘若他把衣服给你作抵押,你要在日落之前把衣服还给他。 27因为他只有这件蔽体的衣服,若是没有,他晚上如何睡觉?他若呼求我,我必定帮助他,因为我是仁慈的。 28不可亵渎上帝,也不可咒诅百姓的官长。 29你们要向我献上五谷和新酒,不可迟疑耽延。要把你们的长子献给我。 30也要献上头生的牛羊,它们生下来后可以留在母亲身边七天,第八天要献给我。 31你们要做我圣洁的子民,不要吃田野间被野兽咬死的牲畜,要把它丢给狗吃。