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የካቲት 5


Exodus 21:1-36
1. Then God said to Moses, "These are the other laws that you will give to the people:
2. "If you buy a Hebrew slave, then that slave will serve for only six years. After six years, he will be free, and he will have to pay nothing.
3. If he is not married when he becomes your slave, when he becomes free, he will leave without a wife. But if the man is married when he becomes your slave, then he will keep his wife at the time he is made free.
4. If the slave is not married, the master can give him a wife. If that wife gives birth to sons or daughters, she and her children will belong to the master. After the slave is finished with his years of service, he will be made free.
5. "But if the slave decides that he wants to stay with the master, he must say, 'I love my master. I love my wife and my children. I will not become free—I will stay.'
6. If this happens, the master will bring the slave before God. The master will take the slave to a door or the wooden frame around the door and pierce the slave's ear using a sharp tool to show that the slave will serve that master for all his life.
7. "A man might decide to sell his daughter as a slave. If this happens, the rules for making her free are not the same as the rules for making the men slaves free.
8. If the master who chose her for himself is not pleased with her, then he can sell the woman back to her father. If the master broke his promise to marry her, he loses the right to sell her to other people.
9. If the master promised to let the slave woman marry his son, he must treat her like a daughter, not like a slave.
10. "If the master marries another woman, he must not give less food or clothing to the first wife. And he must continue to give her what she has a right to have in marriage.
11. The man must do these three things for her. If he does not, the woman is made free, and it will cost her nothing. She owes no money to the man.
12. "Whoever hits and kills someone must be killed too.
13. But if an accident happens, and a person kills someone without planning it, then God allowed that thing to happen. I will choose some special places where people can run to for safety. So that person can run to one of those places.
14. But whoever plans to kill someone out of anger or hatred must be punished. Take them away from my altar and kill them.
15. "Whoever hits their father or their mother must be killed.
16. "Whoever steals someone to sell them as a slave or to keep them for their own slave must be killed.
17. "Whoever curses their father or mother must be killed.
18. "Two men might argue and one might hit the other with a rock or with his fist. If the man who was hurt is not killed, the man who hurt him should not be killed.
19. If the man was hurt and must stay in bed for some time, the man who hurt him must support him. The man who hurt him must pay for the loss of his time. He must support him until he is completely healed.
20. "Sometimes people beat their slaves. If the slave dies after being beaten, the killer must be punished.
21. But if the slave gets up after a few days, then the master will not be punished. That is because someone paid their money for the slave, and the slave belongs to them.
22. "Two men might be fighting and hurt a pregnant woman. This might make the woman give birth to her baby before its time. If the woman was not hurt badly, the man who hurt her must pay a fine. The woman's husband will decide how much the man must pay. The judges will help the man decide how much the fine will be.
23. But if the woman was hurt badly, then the man who hurt her must be punished. The punishment must fit the crime. You must trade one life for another life.
24. You must trade an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,
25. a burn for a burn, a bruise for a bruise, a cut for a cut.
26. "If a man hits a slave in the eye, and the slave is blinded in that eye, then the slave will be allowed to go free. His eye is the payment for his freedom. This is the same for a man or a woman slave.
27. If a master hits his slave in the mouth, and the slave loses a tooth, then the slave will be allowed to go free. The slave's tooth is payment for the slave's freedom. This is the same for a man or a woman slave.
28. "If a man's bull kills a man or woman, then you should use stones and kill that bull. You should not eat the bull. The owner of the bull is not guilty.
29. But if the bull had hurt people in the past, and if the owner was warned, then the owner is guilty. That is because he did not keep the bull tied or locked in its place. So if the bull is allowed to be free and kills someone, the owner is guilty. You should kill the bull with stones and also kill the owner.
30. But the family of the dead man may accept money. If they accept money, the man who owned the bull should not be killed. But he must pay as much money as the judge decides.
31. "This same law must be followed if the bull kills someone's son or daughter.
32. But if the bull kills a slave, the owner of the animal must pay the master 30 pieces of silver. And the bull must also be killed with stones. This law will be the same for men and women slaves.
33. "A man might take a cover off a well or dig a hole and not cover it. If another man's animal comes and falls into that hole, the man who owns the hole is guilty.
34. The man who owns the hole must pay for the animal. But after he pays for the animal, he will be allowed to keep the body of that animal.
35. "If one man's bull kills another man's bull, they should sell the bull that is alive. Both men will get half of the money that comes from selling the bull, and both men will also get half of the bull that was killed.
36. But if a man's bull has hurt other animals in the past, that owner is responsible for his bull. If his bull kills another bull, he is guilty because he allowed the bull to be free. That man must pay bull for bull. He must trade his bull for the bull that was killed.

Exodus 22:1-29
1. "How should you punish a man who steals a bull or a sheep? If the man kills the animal or sells it, then he cannot give it back. So he must pay five bulls for the one he stole. Or he must pay four sheep for the one he stole. He must pay for stealing.
2. If he owns nothing, then he will be sold as a slave. But if the man still has the animal and you find it, that man must give the owner two animals for every animal he stole. It doesn't matter if the animal was a bull, a donkey, or a sheep. "If a thief is killed while trying to break into a house at night, then no one will be guilty for killing him. But if this happens during the day, the one who killed him will be guilty of murder.
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5. "A man might let his animal loose to graze in his field or vineyard. If the animal wanders into another person's field or vineyard, then the owner must pay. The payment must come from the best of his crop.
6. "A man might start a fire to burn thornbushes on his field. But if the fire grows and burns his neighbor's crops or the grain growing on the neighbor's field, the man who started the fire must pay for what he burned.
7. "Someone might give some money or tools to a neighbor for safekeeping. What should you do if someone steals those things from the neighbor's house? If you find the one who stole them, then that thief must pay twice as much as the things are worth.
8. If you don't find the thief, then the owner of the house must go before the judge who will decide if that person is guilty.
9. "What should you do if two men disagree about a bull or a donkey or sheep or clothing or something that is lost? One man says, 'This is mine,' and the other says, 'No, it is mine.' Both men should go before the judge who will decide who is guilty. The one who was wrong must pay the other man twice as much as the thing is worth.
10. "A man might ask his neighbor to take care of an animal for a short time. It might be a donkey, a bull, or a sheep. But what should you do if that animal is hurt or dies or someone takes the animal while no one is looking?
11. That neighbor must explain that he did not steal the animal. If this is true, the neighbor will promise to the Lord that he did not steal it. The owner of the animal must accept this promise. The neighbor does not have to pay the owner for the animal.
12. But if the neighbor stole the animal, then he must pay the owner for the animal.
13. If wild animals killed the animal, then the neighbor should bring the body as proof. The neighbor will not have to pay the owner for the animal that was killed.
14. "If a man borrows an animal from his neighbor, and the animal is hurt or dies, then the neighbor must pay the owner for the animal. The neighbor is responsible, because the owner was not there himself.
15. But if the owner was there, then the neighbor does not have to pay. Or if the neighbor was paying money to use the animal for work, he will not have to pay if the animal dies or is hurt. The money he paid to use the animal will be enough payment.
16. "If a man has sexual relations with a virgin who he is not engaged to, then he must pay her father the full dowry and marry her.
17. If the father refuses to allow his daughter to marry him, then the man must still pay the full amount for her.
18. "You must not allow any woman to do evil magic. If she does magic, you must not let her live.
19. "You must not allow anyone to have sexual relations with an animal. If this happens, that person must be killed.
20. "Whoever makes a sacrifice to a false god should be destroyed. The Lord is the only one you should make sacrifices to.
21. "Remember, in the past you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. So you should not cheat or hurt anyone who is a foreigner in your land.
22. "You must never do anything bad to women whose husbands are dead or to orphans.
23. If you do anything wrong to these widows or orphans, I will know it. I will hear about their suffering.
24. And I will be very angry. I will kill you with a sword. Then your wives will become widows, and your children will become orphans.
25. "If you loan money to any of my people, that is, the poor among you, don't be like a moneylender and charge them interest.
26. You might take their cloak to make sure they pay the money back, but you must give that cloak back to them before sunset.
27. That cloak might be their only protection against the cold when they lie down to sleep. If they call to me for help, I will listen because I am kind.
28. "You must not curse God or the leaders of your people.
29. "At harvest time you should give me the first grain and the first juice from your fruit. Don't wait until late in the year. "Give me your firstborn sons.

Psalms 18:45-50
45. They lose all their courage and come out of their hiding places shaking with fear.
46. The Lord lives! I praise my Rock, the God who saves me. How great he is!
47. He is the God who punishes my enemies for me, the one who puts people under my control.
48. He saves me from my enemies! You, Lord, help me defeat those who attack me. You save me from cruel people.
49. Lord, that is why I praise you among the nations. That is why I sing songs of praise to your name.
50. The Lord helps his king win battle after battle. He shows his faithful love to the one he has chosen, to David and his descendants forever.

Proverbs 6:26-29
26. A prostitute might cost a loaf of bread, but the wife of another man could cost you your life.
27. If you drop a hot coal in your lap, your clothes will be burned.
28. If you step on one, your feet will be burned.
29. If you sleep with another man's wife, you will be punished.

Matthew 23:1-22
1. Then Jesus spoke to the people and to his followers. He said,
2. "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have the authority to tell you what the Law of Moses says.
3. So you should obey them. Do everything they tell you to do. But their lives are not good examples for you to follow. They tell you to do things, but they don't do those things themselves.
4. They make strict rules that are hard for people to obey. They try to force others to obey all their rules. But they themselves will not try to follow any of those rules.
5. "The only reason they do what they do is for other people to see them. They make the little Scripture boxes they wear bigger and bigger. And they make the tassels on their prayer clothes long enough for people to notice them.
6. These men love to have the places of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues.
7. They love for people to show respect to them in the marketplaces and to call them 'Teacher.'
8. "But you must not be called 'Teacher.' You are all equal as brothers and sisters. You have only one Teacher.
9. And don't call anyone on earth 'Father.' You have one Father. He is in heaven.
10. And you should not be called 'Master.' You have only one Master, the Christ.
11. Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you.
12. People who think they are better than others will be made humble. But people who humble themselves will be made great.
13. "It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You close the way for people to enter God's kingdom. You yourselves don't enter, and you stop those who are trying to enter.
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15. "It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites. You travel across the seas and across different countries to find one person who will follow your ways. When you find that person, you make him worse than you are. And you are so bad that you belong in hell!
16. "It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You guide the people, but you are blind. You say, 'If anyone uses the name of the Temple to make a promise, that means nothing. But anyone who uses the gold that is in the Temple to make a promise must keep that promise.'
17. You are blind fools! Can't you see that the Temple is greater than the gold on it? It's the Temple that makes the gold holy!
18. "And you say, 'If anyone uses the altar to make a promise, that means nothing. But anyone who uses the gift on the altar to make a promise must keep that promise.'
19. You are blind! Can't you see that the altar is greater than any gift on it? It's the altar that makes the gift holy!
20. Whoever uses the altar to make a promise is really using the altar and everything on the altar.
21. And anyone who uses the Temple to make a promise is really using the Temple and God, who lives in it.
22. Whoever uses heaven to make a promise is using God's throne and the one who is seated on it.