22 [a] “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and (A)four sheep for a sheep. [b] If a thief is found (B)breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He[c] shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then (C)he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast (D)is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, (E)he shall pay double.

“If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets his beast loose and it feeds in another man's field, he shall make restitution from the best in his own field and in his own vineyard.

“If fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, he who started the fire shall make full restitution.

“If a man gives to his neighbor money or goods to keep safe, and it is stolen from the man's house, then, if the thief is found, (F)he shall pay double. If the thief is not found, the owner of the house shall come near to God to show whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor's property. For every breach of trust, whether it is for an ox, for a donkey, for a sheep, for a cloak, or for any kind of lost thing, of which one says, ‘This is it,’ the case of both parties shall come before God. The one whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor.

10 “If a man gives to his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep safe, and it dies or is injured or is driven away, without anyone seeing it, 11 (G)an oath by the Lord shall be between them both to see whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor's property. The owner shall accept the oath, and he shall not make restitution. 12 But if (H)it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner. 13 If it is torn by beasts, let him bring it as evidence. He shall not make restitution for what has been torn.

14 “If a man borrows anything of his neighbor, and it is injured or dies, the owner not being with it, he shall make full restitution. 15 If the owner was with it, he shall not make restitution; if it was hired, it came for its hiring fee.[d]

Laws About Social Justice

16 (I)“If a man seduces a virgin[e] who is not betrothed and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price[f] for her and make her his wife. 17 If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, (J)he shall pay money equal to the (K)bride-price for virgins.

18 (L)“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

19 (M)“Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death.

20 (N)“Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the Lord alone, shall be devoted to destruction.[g]

21 (O)“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 22 (P)You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you do mistreat them, and they (Q)cry out to me, I will surely (R)hear their cry, 24 and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and (S)your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

25 (T)“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. 26 (U)If ever you take your neighbor's cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, 27 for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he (V)cries to me, I will hear, for I am (W)compassionate.

28 (X)“You shall not revile God, nor (Y)curse a ruler of your people.

29 “You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. (Z)The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me. 30 (AA)You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep: (AB)seven days it shall be with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to me.

31 (AC)“You shall be consecrated to me. Therefore (AD)you shall not eat any flesh that is torn by beasts in the field; (AE)you shall throw it to the dogs.

23 (AF)“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a (AG)malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, (AH)nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.

(AI)“If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.

(AJ)“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. (AK)Keep far from a false charge, and (AL)do not kill the innocent and righteous, for (AM)I will not acquit the wicked. (AN)And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

(AO)“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Laws About the Sabbath and Festivals

10 (AP)“For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

12 (AQ)“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

13 (AR)“Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.

14 (AS)“Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me. 15 (AT)You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of (AU)Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. (AV)None shall appear before me empty-handed. 16 You shall keep (AW)the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the (AX)Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. 17 (AY)Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord God.

18 (AZ)“You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the fat of my feast remain until the morning.

19 “The best of the (BA)firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.

(BB)“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.

Conquest of Canaan Promised

20 (BC)“Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21 Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; (BD)do not rebel against him, (BE)for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.

22 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then (BF)I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

23 (BG)“When my angel goes before you and brings you (BH)to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, 24 you shall (BI)not bow down to their gods nor serve them, (BJ)nor do as they do, but (BK)you shall utterly overthrow them and break their (BL)pillars in pieces. 25 You (BM)shall serve the Lord your God, and (BN)he[h] will bless your bread and your water, and (BO)I will take sickness away from among you. 26 (BP)None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the (BQ)number of your days. 27 I will send (BR)my terror before you and will throw into (BS)confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And (BT)I will send hornets[i] before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. 29 (BU)I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. 31 (BV)And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates,[j] for (BW)I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 (BX)You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, (BY)it will surely be a snare to you.”

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 22:1 Ch 21:37 in Hebrew
  2. Exodus 22:2 Ch 22:1 in Hebrew
  3. Exodus 22:3 That is, the thief
  4. Exodus 22:15 Or it is reckoned in (Hebrew comes into) its hiring fee
  5. Exodus 22:16 Or a girl of marriageable age; also verse 17
  6. Exodus 22:16 Or engagement present; also verse 17
  7. Exodus 22:20 That is, set apart (devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)
  8. Exodus 23:25 Septuagint, Vulgate I
  9. Exodus 23:28 Or the hornet
  10. Exodus 23:31 Hebrew the River

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15 (A)Then the Pharisees went and plotted how (B)to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent (C)their disciples to him, along with (D)the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, (E)we know that you are true and teach (F)the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for (G)you are not swayed by appearances.[a] 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay (H)taxes to (I)Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why (J)put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[b] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, (K)“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they (L)left him and went away.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

23 The same day (M)Sadducees came to him, (N)who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, (O)‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”

29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, (P)because you know neither the Scriptures nor (Q)the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither (R)marry nor (S)are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, (T)have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 (U)‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, (V)they were astonished at his teaching.

The Great Commandment

34 (W)But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced (X)the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 (Y)And one of them, (Z)a lawyer, asked him a question (AA)to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, (AB)“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And (AC)a second is like it: (AD)You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 (AE)On these two commandments depend (AF)all the Law and the Prophets.”

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41 (AG)Now while the Pharisees (AH)were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about (AI)the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, (AJ)“The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, (AK)in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

44 (AL)“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

45 If then David calls him Lord, (AM)how is he his son?” 46 (AN)And no one was able to answer him a word, (AO)nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:16 Greek for you do not look at people's faces
  2. Matthew 22:19 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

[a] Of David.

37 (A)Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not (B)envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon (C)fade like (D)the grass
    and wither (E)like the green herb.

(F)Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    (G)dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b]
(H)Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will (I)give you the desires of your heart.

(J)Commit your way to the Lord;
    (K)trust in him, and he will act.
(L)He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as (M)the noonday.

(N)Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    (O)fret not yourself over the one who (P)prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

(Q)Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    (R)Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
(S)For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall (T)inherit the land.

10 In (U)just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at (V)his place, he will not be there.
11 But (W)the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in (X)abundant peace.

12 The wicked (Y)plots against the righteous
    and (Z)gnashes his teeth at him,
13 but the Lord (AA)laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his (AB)day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword and (AC)bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose (AD)way is upright;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their (AE)bows shall be broken.

16 (AF)Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For (AG)the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the Lord (AH)upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord (AI)knows the days of the blameless,
    and their (AJ)heritage will remain forever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in (AK)the days of famine they have abundance.

20 But the wicked will perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like (AL)the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like (AM)smoke they vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
    but the righteous (AN)is generous and gives;
22 for those blessed by the Lord[c] shall (AO)inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him (AP)shall be cut off.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  2. Psalm 37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
  3. Psalm 37:22 Hebrew by him

15 (A)A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
    the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads (B)to life,
    the gain of the wicked to sin.

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