Exodus 21:1

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Exodus 21

Law Analysis overview

1 “Now these are the ordinances which you shall set before them: Exodus 21:1WEB


The Command

This passage contains a positive command, directed toward Moses: "These are the commands you are to set before them:".

The command is phrased as with the assumption that Moses already intends to set these commands before Israel, and so it is offered here as an introduction to the set of commands which follow in the rest of the chapter. The understood imperative for Moses is to set the commands before Israel.


This command is part of the Principles and Definitions. It is a One-time Command.

This passage contributes to an understanding of Prophecy; it introduces the law as being issued *by God* and *through Moses*.


The command saw immediate fulfillment when Moses issued the law to Israel in the following passages. The law was fulfilled in ultimate by Jesus Christ (see Matt 5:17).

Notes on Interpretation/Application

Interpretation 1

Interpretation 2