Exodus 22:16-31

Rules about life

16 Perhaps a man may meet a young girl who has not had sex with any man before. He might deceive her to have sex with her. If she has not yet promised to marry another man, he must marry her. He must give the right gifts to her parents. 17 Her father might refuse to give her to the man to be his wife. But the man must still give the right gifts for a girl who is not married.

22:17If a man wanted to marry a girl, he gave gifts or money to her parents. They would agree together the right amount.

18 You must punish with death any woman who is a magician.

19 You must punish with death anyone who has sex with an animal.

20 You must completely destroy anyone who offers a sacrifice to a false god. You must only offer sacrifices to the Lord.

21 Never be cruel to a foreign person or give them trouble. Remember that you yourselves lived in Egypt as foreigners.

22 Never give trouble to any widow or to any children who have no family. 23 If you are cruel to them, I will hear them when they call out to me for help. 24 I will be very angry with you. I will kill you in war. Your wives will become widows. Your children will no longer have any family.

25 You may lend money to any of my people who need help. But do not ask them to pay back more money than you have lent to them. That is what traders in money do. 26 You may take someone's coat as a guarantee that he will pay you back. But you must always return his coat to him before sunset. 27 He needs his coat to keep him warm at night. It is the only warm thing that he has to sleep in. If you keep his coat, I will hear him when he calls out to me for help. And I will help him, because I am very kind to people.

28 Never insult God. Never curse anyone who is a leader of your people.

29 Do not refuse to offer your grain, your wine or your olive oil to me.

You must give your firstborn sons to me.

30 Do the same thing with your cows and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days. But on the eighth day, you must give them to me.

31 You must live as my special people. So do not eat any meat from your animals that wild animals have killed. Instead, you must give it as food to the dogs.