The Code of
Laws 51 - 100
51. If he have no money to
repay, then he shall pay in corn or sesame in place of the money as rent
for what he received from the merchant, according to the royal tariff.
52. If the cultivator do
not plant corn or sesame in the field, the debtor's contract is not weakened.
53. If any one be too lazy
to keep his dam in proper condition, and does not so keep it; if then
the dam break and all the fields be flooded, then shall he in whose dam
the break occurred be sold for money, and the money shall replace the
corn which he has caused to be ruined.
54. If he be not able to
replace the corn, then he and his possessions shall be divided among the
farmers whose corn he has flooded.
55. If any one open his ditches
to water his crop, but is careless, and the water flood the field of his
neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss.
56. If a man let in the water,
and the water overflow the plantation of his neighbor, he shall pay ten
gur of corn for every ten gan of land.
57. If a shepherd, without
the permission of the owner of the field, and without the knowledge of
the owner of the sheep, lets the sheep into a field to graze, then the
owner of the field shall harvest his crop, and the shepherd, who had pastured
his flock there without permission of the owner of the field, shall pay
to the owner twenty gur of corn for every ten gan.
58. If after the flocks have
left the pasture and been shut up in the common fold at the city gate,
any shepherd let them into a field and they graze there, this shepherd
shall take possession of the field which he has allowed to be grazed on,
and at the harvest he must pay sixty gur of corn for every ten gan.
59. If any man, without the
knowledge of the owner of a garden, fell a tree in a garden he shall pay
half a mina in money.
60. If any one give over
a field to a gardener, for him to plant it as a garden, if he work at
it, and care for it for four years, in the fifth year the owner and the
gardener shall divide it, the owner taking his part in charge.
61. If the gardener has not
completed the planting of the field, leaving one part unused, this shall
be assigned to him as his.
62. If he do not plant the
field that was given over to him as a garden, if it be arable land (for
corn or sesame) the gardener shall pay the owner the produce of the field
for the years that he let it lie fallow, according to the product of neighboring
fields, put the field in arable condition and return it to its owner.
63. If he transform waste
land into arable fields and return it to its owner, the latter shall pay
him for one year ten gur for ten gan.
64. If any one hand over
his garden to a gardener to work, the gardener shall pay to its owner
two-thirds of the produce of the garden, for so long as he has it in possession,
and the other third shall he keep.
65. If the gardener do not
work in the garden and the product fall off, the gardener shall pay in
proportion to other neighboring gardens.
[The text for laws 66 through 99 is missing]
100. . . . interest
for the money, as much as he has received, he shall give a note therefor,
and on the day, when they settle, pay to the merchant.