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Exodus 22:4

    Exodus 22:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If the theft be found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep, he shall pay double.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If he still has what he had taken, whatever it is, ox or ass or sheep, he is to give twice its value.

    Webster's Revision

    If the theft be found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep, he shall pay double.

    World English Bible

    If the stolen property is found in his hand alive, whether it is ox, donkey, or sheep, he shall pay double.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If the theft be found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall pay double.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 22:4

    He shall restore double - In no case of theft was the life of the offender taken away; the utmost that the law says on this point is, that, if when found breaking into a house, he should be smitten so as to die, no blood should be shed for him; Exodus 22:2. If he had stolen and sold the property, then he was to restore four or fivefold, Exodus 22:1; but if the animal was found alive in his possession, he was to restore double.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 22:4

    22:4 In his hand alive - Not killed, nor sold, as Ex 22:1, so that the owner recover it with less charge and trouble.