A twice-born man, who is traveling and whose provisions are exhausted, shall not be fined, if he takes two stalks of sugar-cane or two (esculent) roots from the field of another man.
He who ties up unbound or sets free tied up (cattle of other men), he who takes a slave, a horse, or a carriage will have incurred the guilt of a thief.
A king who punishes thieves according to these rules, will gain fame in this world and after death unsurpassable bliss.
A king who desires to gain the throne of Indra and imperishable eternal fame, shall not, even for a moment, neglect (to punish) the man who commits violence.
who commits violence must be considered as the worst offender, (more wicked) than a defamer, than a thief, and than he who injures (another) with a
But that king who pardons the perpetrator of violence quickly perishes and incurs hatred.
Neither for friendship's sake, nor for the sake of great lucre, must a king let go perpetrators of violence, who cause terror to all creatures.
Twice-born men may take up arms when (they are) hindered (in the fulfillment of their duties, when destruction (threatens) the twice-born castes (varna) in (evil) times,
In their own defence, in a strife for the fees of officiating priests, and in order to protect women and Brahmanas; he who (under such circumstances) kills in the cause of right, commits no sin.
One may slay without hesitation an assassin who approaches (with murderous intent), whether (he be one's) teacher, a child or an aged man, or a Brahmana deeply versed in the Vedas.