Protection of Property

22 [a]“Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back(A) five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 22:1 In Hebrew texts 22:1 is numbered 21:37, and 22:2-31 is numbered 22:1-30.

when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return(A) what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found,

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or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution(A) in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.(B)

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and must confess(A) the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution(B) for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.

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He must pay for that lamb four times over,(A) because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

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14 And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just(A) and right—

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15 if they give back what they took in pledge(A) for a loan, return what they have stolen,(B) follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die.(C)

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