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Exodus 21:20

    Exodus 21:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall surely be punished.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment.

    Webster's Revision

    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall surely be punished.

    World English Bible

    "If a man strikes his servant or his maid with a rod, and he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall surely be punished.

    Definitions for Exodus 21:20

    Smite - To strike; beat.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 21:20

    The Jewish authorities appear to be right in referring this law, like those in Exodus 21:26-27, Exodus 21:32, to foreign slaves (see Leviticus 25:44-46). The protection here afforded to the life of a slave may seem to us but a slight one; but it is the very earliest trace of such protection in legislation, and it stands in strong and favorable contrast with the old laws of Greece, Rome, and other nations. If the slave survived the castigation a day or two, the master did not become amenable to the law, because the loss of the slave was accounted, under the circumstances, as a punishment.