Exodus 21: The Flight from Egypt
Exodus: Part 21 of 40
1 “These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
This is not a servant. It is slavery and not something that a ‘good’ person would wish upon a fellow human being.
3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
So generous of you.
4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
Anyone who makes laws regarding the buying, trading or selling of slaves is as much a slaver trader/dealer as the person doing the trading/dealing and should be treated as such. You, if you were real, are an abhorent being and not deserving of respect or obedience.
5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’
I could imagine someone saying that if they really loved their wife or the alternative would be worse, but slavery is still one of the worst crimes humanity has the ignominy of having committed. It is a shameful act and for it to be promoted and accepted by a so-called god, is despicable.
6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
A mark of ownership on a human being is also an abhorent practice.
7 “If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
Another example of God’s mysoginistic attitude towards women and girls.
8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.
It’s still trading in human flesh no matter how much you try and make out you dress it up with ‘protective’ rules.
9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
Still wrong. A female is and should not be ‘selected’ like a beast of burden.
10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
With gender populations being close to 50/50 bigamy is a bad practice. It will only work in a society where some males are deprived of the right to marry. Slavery is one cause of such a situation.
11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
She should be free to do what she wishes by default and not rely on the vagaries of morons like this.
12 “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
If mankind has been able to overcome this unconscienable act in most parts of the world, you would think a god would know better.
13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate.
Just how does a person prove you let it happen?
14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.
15 “Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 “Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
Then why did you not put Joseph’s brothers to death? Not in your interests? Hypocrisy.
17 “Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
There would hardly be a person left alive if this was true.
18 “If men quarrel and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist and he does not die but is confined to bed,
Then they should find a way to settle their differences and think themselves lucky.
19 the one who struck the blow will not be held responsible if the other gets up and walks around outside with his staff; however, he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and see that he is completely healed.
That is being held responsible.
20 “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished,
He should not have a slave in the first place.
21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
No man or woman or child is the property of another human being.
22 “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.
People had these kinds of laws before God came along.
23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Must I repeat myself?
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
As I said…
26 “If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye.
Slavery is wrong. They should be punished just for having slaves.
27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.
28 “If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.
An animal killing a human being is not the same as a human killing a human. There is no justification for stoning anyone or anything, but doing it to an animal is so cruel it boggles the imagination that a god could say it is alright.
29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner also must be put to death.
Ok, kill the bull if it has become a danger, but there is no need to stone it. That is inhumane behaviour.
30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.
These are moronic laws. (yes I do like using the word ‘moron’)
33 “If a man uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
What if another person falls into it?
35 “If a man’s bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.
It would be better to swap animals. Why should the owner of the dead bull lose out?
36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and the dead animal will be his.
That is how it should have been in the first place.
Quite honestly a god would not make idiotic laws like this. This is man made and bereft of any real justice whatsoever. Man himself has done a much better job of making laws since this time and we’re getting better at it.