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17:1 No oxor sheep which has a mark on it or is damaged in any way may be offered to the Lord your God: for that is disgusting to the Lord your God.
Administration of justice
17:2 If there is any man or woman among you, in any of the towns which the Lord your God gives you, who does evil in the eyes of the Lord your God, sinning against his agreement,
3 By becoming a servant of other gods and worshipping them or the sun or the moon or all the stars of heaven, against my orders;
4 If word of this comes to your ears, then let this thing be looked into with care, and if there is no doubt that it is true, and such evil has been done in Israel ;
5 Then you are to take the man or woman who has done the evil to the public place of your town, and they are to be stoned with stones till they are dead.
6 On the word of two or three witnesses, a man may be given the punishment of death ; but he is not to be put to death on the word of one witness.
7 The hands of the witnesses will be the first to put him to death, and after them the hands of all the people. So you are to put away the evil from among you.
17:8 If you are not able to give a decision as to who is responsible for a death, or who is right in a cause, or who gave the first blow in a fight, and there is a division of opinion about it in your town: then go to the place marked out by the Lord your God ;
9 And come before the priests, the Levites, or before him who is judge at the time: and they will go into the question and give you a decision :
10 And you are to be guided by the decision they give in the place named by the Lord, and do whatever they say :
11 Acting in agreement with their teaching and the decision they give: not turning to one side or the other from the word they have given you.
12 And any man who, in his pride, will not give ear to the priest whose place is there before the Lord your God, or to the judge, is to be put to death: you are to put away the evil from Israel.
13 And all the people, hearing of it, will be full of fear and put away their pride.
17:14 When you have come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken it for a heritage and are living in it, if it is your desire to have a king over you, like the other nations round about you ;
15 Then see that you take as your king the man named by the Lord your God: let your king be one of your countrymen, not a man of another nation who is not one of yourselves.
16 And he is not to get together a great army of horses for himself, or make the people go back to Egypt to get horses for him: because the Lord has said, You will never again go back that way.
17 And he is not to have a great number of wives, for fear that his heart may be turned away ; or great wealth of silver and gold.
17:18 And when he has taken his place on the seat of his kingdom, he is to make in a book a copy of this law, from that which the priests, the Levites, have in their care :
19 And it is to be with him for his reading all the days of his life, so that he may be trained in the fear of the Lord his God to keep and do all the words of this teaching and these laws :
20 So that his heart may not be lifted up over his countrymen, and he may not be turned away from the orders, to one side or the other: but that his life and the lives of his children may be long in his kingdom in Israel.
18:1 The priests, the Levites, that is, all the tribe of Levi, will have no part or heritage with Israel : their food and their heritage will be the offerings of the Lord made by fire.
2 And they will have no heritage among their countrymen : the Lord is their heritage, as he has said to them.
3 And this is to be the priests' right : those who make an offering of a sheep or an ox are to give to the priest the top part of the leg and the two sides of the head and the stomach.
4 And in addition you are to give him the first of your grain and wine and oil, and the first wool cut from your sheep.
5 For he, and his sons after him for ever, have been marked out by the Lord your God from all your tribes, to do the work of priests in the name of the Lord.
Lord is their inheritance
18:6 And if a Levite, moved by a strong desire, comes from any town in all Israel where he is living to the place marked out by the Lord ;
7 Then he will do the work of a priest in the name of the Lord his God, with all his brothers the Levites who are there before the Lord.
8 His food will be the same as theirs, in addition to what has come to him as the price of his property.
18:9 When you have come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, do not take as your example the disgusting ways of those nations.
10 Let there not be seen among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter go through the fire, or anyone using secret arts, or a maker of strange sounds, or a reader of signs, or any wonder-worker,
11 Or anyone using secret force on people, or putting questions to a spirit, or having secret knowledge, or going to the dead for directions.
12 For all who do such things are disgusting to the Lord ; and because of these disgusting things the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
13 You are to be upright in heart before the Lord your God.
14 For these nations, whose land you are taking, give attention to readers of signs and to those using secret arts: but the Lord your God will not let you do so.
18:15 The Lord your God will give you a prophet from among your people, like me ; you will give ear to him ;
16 In answer to the request you made to the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the great meeting, when you said, Let not the voice of the Lord my God come to my ears again, and let me not see this great fire any more, or death will overtake me.
17 Then the Lord said to me, What they have said is well said.
18 I will give them a prophet from among themselves, like you, and I will put my words in his mouth, and he will say to them whatever I give him orders to say.
19 And whoever does not give ear to my words which he will say in my name, will be responsible to me.
20 But the prophet who takes it on himself to say words in my name which I have not given him orders to say, or who says anything in the name of other gods, will come to his death.
21 And if you say in your hearts, How are we to be certain that the word does not come from the Lord ?
22 When a prophet makes a statement in the name of the Lord, if what he says does not take place and his words do not come true, then his word is not the word of the Lord : the words of the prophet were said in the pride of his heart, and you are to have no fear of him.
19:1 When the nations, whose land the Lord your God is giving you, have been cut off by him, and you have taken their place and are living in their towns and in their houses ;
2 You are to have three towns marked out in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage.
3 You are to make ready a way, and see that the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage, is marked out into three parts, to which any taker of life may go in flight.
Cities of refuge
19:4 This is to be the rule for anyone who goes in flight there, after causing the death of his neighbour in error and not through hate ;
5 For example, if a man goes into the woods with his neighbour for the purpose of cutting down trees, and when he takes his axe to give a blow to the tree, the head of the axe comes off, and falling on to his neighbour gives him a wound causing his death ; then the man may go in flight to one of these towns and be safe :
6 For if not, he who has the right of punishment may go running after the taker of life in the heat of his wrath, and overtake him because the way is long, and give him a death-blow ; though it is not right for him to be put to death because he was not moved by hate.
7 And so I am ordering you to see that three towns are marked out for this purpose.
8 And if the Lord your God makes wide the limits of your land, as he said in his oath to your fathers, and gives you all the land which he undertook to give to your fathers ;
9 If you keep and do all these orders which I give you today, loving the Lord your God and walking ever in his ways ; then let three more towns, in addition to these three, be marked out for you :
10 So that in all your land, which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage, no man may be wrongly put to death, for which you will be responsible.
19:11 But if any man has hate for his neighbour, and waiting for him secretly makes an attack on him and gives him a blow causing his death, and then goes in flight to one of these towns ;
12 The responsible men of his town are to send and take him, and give him up to the one who has the right of punishment to be put to death.
13 Have no pity on him, so that Israel may be clear from the crime of putting a man to death without cause, and it will be well for you.
19:14 Your neighbour's landmark, which was put in its place by the men of old times, is not to be moved or taken away in the land of your heritage which the Lord your God is giving you.
19:15 One witness may not make a statement against a man in relation to any sin or wrongdoing which he has done: on the word of two or three witnesses a question is to be judged.
16 If a false witness makes a statement against a man, saying that he has done wrong,
17 Then the two men, between whom the argument has taken place, are to come before the Lord, before the priests and judges who are then in power ;
18 And the judges will have the question looked into with care: and if the witness is seen to be false and to have made a false statement against his brother,
19 Then do to him what it was his purpose to do to his brother: and so put away the evil from among you.
20 And the rest of the people, hearing of it, will be full of fear, and never again do such evil among you.
21 Have no pity ; let life be given for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
20:1 When you go out to war against other nations, and come face to face with horses and war-carriages and armies greater in number than yourselves, have no fear of them: for the Lord your God is with you, who took you up out of the land of Egypt.
2 And when you are on the point of attacking, let the priest come forward and say to the people,
3 Give ear, O Israel : today you are going forward to the fight ; let your heart be strong ; do not let uncontrolled fear overcome you because of those who are against you ;
4 For the Lord your God goes with you, fighting for you to give you salvation from those who are against you.
5 And let the overseers say to the people, If there is any man who has made for himself a new house and has not gone into it, let him go back to his house, so that in the event of his death in the fight, another may not take his house for himself.
6 Or if any man has made a vine-garden without taking the first-fruits of it, let him go back to his house, so that in the event of his death in the fight, another may not be the first to make use of the fruit.
7 Or if any man is newly married and has had no sex relations with his wife, let him go back to his house, so that in the event of his death in the fight, another man may not take her.
8 And let the overseers go on to say to the people, If there is any man whose heart is feeble with fear, let him go back to his house before he makes the hearts of his countrymen feeble.
9 Then, after saying these words to the people, let the overseers put captains over the army.
Landmarks and testimony
20:10 When you come to a town, before attacking it, make an offer of peace.
11 And if it gives you back an answer of peace, opening its doors to you, then all the people in it may be put to forced work as your servants.
12 If however it will not make peace with you, but war, then let it be shut in on all sides :
13 And when the Lord your God has given it into your hands, let every male in it be put to death without mercy.
14 But the women and the children and the cattle and everything in the town and all its wealth, you may take for yourselves : the wealth of your haters, which the Lord your God has given you, will be your food.
15 So you are to do to all the towns far away, which are not the towns of these nations.
16 But in the towns of these peoples whose land the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage, let no living thing be kept from death :
17 Give them up to the curse ; the Hittite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, as the Lord your God has given you orders :
18 So that you may not take them as your example and do all the disgusting things which they do in the worship of their gods, so sinning against the Lord your God.
20:19 If in war a town is shut in by your armies for a long time, do not let its trees be cut down and made waste ; for their fruit will be your food ; are the trees of the countryside men for you to take up arms against them ?
20 Only those trees which you are certain are not used for food may be cut down and put to destruction: and you are to make walls of attack against the town till it is taken.
21:1 If, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you come across the dead body of a man in the open country, and you have no idea who has put him to death :
2 Then your responsible men and your judges are to come out, and give orders for the distance from the dead body to the towns round about it to be measured ;
3 And whichever town is nearest to the body, the responsible men of that town are to take from the herd a young cow which has never been used for work or put under the yoke ;
4 And they are to take the cow into a valley where there is flowing water, and which is not ploughed or planted, and there the neck of the cow is to be broken :
5 Then the priests, the sons of Levi, are to come near ; for they have been marked out by the Lord your God to be his servants and to give blessings in the name of the Lord ; and by their decision every argument and every blow is to be judged :
6 And all the responsible men of that town which is nearest to the dead man, washing their hands over the cow whose neck was broken in the valley,
7 Will say, This death is not the work of our hands and our eyes have not seen it.
8 Have mercy, O Lord, on your people Israel whom you have made free, and take away from your people the crime of a death without cause. Then they will no longer be responsible for the man's death.
21:9 So you will take away the crime of a death without cause from among you, when you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
21:10 When you go out to war against other nations, and the Lord your God gives them up into your hands and you take them as prisoners ;
11 If among the prisoners you see a beautiful woman and it is your desire to make her your wife ;
12 Then take her back to your house ; and let her hair and her nails be cut ;
13 And let her take off the dress in which she was made prisoner and go on living in your house and weeping for her father and mother for a full month : and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she will be your wife.
14 But if you have no delight in her, you are to let her go wherever she will ; you may not take a price for her as if she was your property, for you have made use of her for your pleasure.
21:15 If a man has two wives, one greatly loved and the other hated, and the two of them have had children by him ; and if the first son is the child of the hated wife :
16 Then when he gives his property to his sons for their heritage, he is not to put the son of his loved one in the place of the first son, the son of the hated wife :
17 But he is to give his first son his birthright, and twice as great a part of his property : for he is the first-fruits of his strength and the right of the first son is his.
18 If a man has a son who is hard-hearted and uncontrolled, who gives no attention to the voice of his father and mother, and will not be ruled by them, though they give him punishment:
19 Then let his father and mother take him to the responsible men of the town, to the public place ;
20 And say to them, This son of ours is hard-hearted and uncontrolled, he will not give attention to us ; he gives himself up to pleasure and strong drink.
21 Then he is to be stoned to death by all the men of the town: so you are to put away the evil from among you; and all Israel, hearing of it, will be full of fear.
21:22 If a man does a crime for which the punishment is death, and he is put to death by hanging him on a tree ;
21:23 Do not let his body be on the tree all night, but put it to rest in the earth the same day ; for the man who undergoes hanging is cursed by God ; so do not make unclean the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage.
22:1 If you see your brother's ox or his sheep wandering, do not go by without helping, but take them back to your brother.
2 If their owner is not near, or if you are not certain who he is, then take the beast to your house and keep it till its owner comes in search of it, and then you are to give it back to him.
3 Do the same with his ass or his robe or anything which has gone from your brother's keeping and which you have come across: do not keep it to yourself.
4 If you see your brother's ox or his ass falling down on the road, do not go by without giving him help in lifting it up again.
Laws concerning chastity
22:5 It is not right for a woman to be dressed in man's clothing, or for a man to put on a woman's robe: whoever does such things is disgusting to the Lord your God.
22:6 If by chance you see a place which a bird has made for itself in a tree or on the earth, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird seated on the young ones or on the eggs, do not take the mother bird with the young:
7 See that you let the mother bird go, but the young ones you may take ; so it will be well for you and your life will be long.
22:8 If you are building a house, make a railing for the roof, so that the blood of any man falling from it will not come on your house.
22:9 Do not have your vine-garden planted with two sorts of seed : or all of it may become a loss, the seed you have put in as well as the increase.
10 Do not do your ploughing with an ox and an ass yoked together.
11 Do not have clothing made of two sorts of thread, wool and linen together.
22:12 On the four edges of your robe, with which your body is covered, put ornaments of twisted threads.
22:13 If any man takes a wife, and having had connection with her, has no delight in her,
14 And says evil things about her and gives her a bad name, saying, I took this woman, and when I had connection with her it was clear to me that she was not a virgin :
15 Then let the girl's father and mother put before the responsible men of the town, in the public place, signs that the girl was a virgin :
16 And let the girl's father say to the responsible men, I gave my daughter to this man for his wife, but he has no love for her ;
17 And now he has put shame on her, saying that she is not a virgin ; but here is the sign that she is a virgin. Then they are to put her clothing before the responsible men of the town.
18 Then the responsible men of the town are to give the man his punishment ;
19 They will take from him a hundred shekels of silver, which are to be given to the father of the girl, because he has given an evil name to a virgin of Israel : she will go on being his wife, he may never put her away all his life.
20 But if what he has said is true, and she is seen to be not a virgin,
21 Then they are to make the girl come to the door of her father's house and she will be stoned to death by the men of the town, because she has done evil and put shame on Israel, by acting as a loose woman in her father's house : so you are to put away evil from among you.
22:22 If a man is taken in the act of going in to a married woman, the two of them, the man as well as the woman, are to be put to death : so you are to put away the evil from Israel.
22:23 If a young virgin has given her word to be married to a man, and another man meeting her in the town, has connection with her ;
24 Then you are to take the two of them to the doorway of the town, and have them stoned to death ; the young virgin, because she gave no cry for help, though it was in the town, and the man, because he has put shame on his neighbour's wife: so you are to put away evil from among you.
22:25 But if the man, meeting such a virgin in the open country, takes her by force, then only the man is to be put to death ;
26 Nothing is to be done to the virgin, because there is no cause of death in her : it is the same as if a man made an attack on his neighbour and put him to death :
27 For he came across her in the open country, and there was no one to come to the help of the virgin in answer to her cry.
22:28 If a man sees a young virgin, who has not given her word to be married to anyone, and he takes her by force and has connection with her, and discovery is made of it ;
29 Then the man will have to give the virgin's father fifty shekels of silver and make her his wife, because he has put shame on her ; he may never put her away all his life.
22:30 A man may not take his father's wife or have sex relations with a woman who is his father's.
23:1 No man whose private parts have been wounded or cut off may come into the meeting of the Lord's people.
23:2 One whose father and mother are not married may not come into the meeting of the Lord's people, or any of his family to the tenth generation.
23:3 No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their people to the tenth generation may come into the meeting of the Lord's people :
4 Because they gave you no bread or water on your way, when you came out of Egypt : and they got Balaam, the son of Peor, from Pethor in Aram-naharaim to put curses on you.
5 But the Lord your God would not give ear to Balaam, but let the curse be changed into a blessing to you, because of his love for you.
6 Do nothing for their peace or well-being for ever.
23:7 But have no hate for an Edomite, because he is your brother, or for an Egyptian, for you were living in his land.
8 Their children in the third generation may come into the meeting of the Lord's people.
23:9 When you go out to war and put your tents in position, keep from every evil thing.
23:10 If any man among you becomes unclean through anything which has taken place in the night, he is to go out from the tent-circle and keep outside it :
11 But when evening comes near, let him take a bath : and after sundown he may come back to the tents.
23:12 Let there be a place outside the tent-circle to which you may go ;
13 And have among your arms a spade ; and when you have been to that place, let that which comes from you be covered up with earth:
14 For the Lord your God is walking among your tents, to keep you safe and to give up into your hands those who are fighting against you ; then let your tents be holy, so that he may see no unclean thing among you, and be turned away from you.
23:15 Do not give back to his master a servant who has gone in flight from his master and come to you:
16 Let him go on living among you in whatever place is most pleasing to him : do not be hard on him.
23:17 No daughter of Israel is to let herself be used as a loose woman for a strange god, and no son of Israel is to give himself to a man.
18 Do not take into the house of the Lord your God, as an offering for an oath, the price of a loose woman or the money given to one used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods : for these two things are disgusting to the Lord your God.
23:19 Do not take interest from an Israelite on anything, money or food or any other goods, which you let him have:
20 From men of other nations you may take interest, but not from an Israelite : so that the blessing of the Lord your God may be on everything to which you put your hand, in the land which you are about to take as your heritage.
23:21 When you take an oath to the Lord, do not be slow to give effect to it : for without doubt the Lord your God will make you responsible, and will put it to your account as sin.
22 But if you take no oath, there will be no sin.
23 Whatever your lips have said, see that you do it ; for you gave your word freely to the Lord your God.
23:24 When you go into your neighbour's vine-garden, you may take of his grapes at your pleasure, but you may not take them away in your vessel.
25 When you go into your neighbour's field, you may take the heads of grain with your hand ; but you may not put your blade to his grain.
24:1 If a man takes a wife, and after they are married she is unpleasing to him because of some bad quality in her, let him give her a statement in writing and send her away from his house.
2 And when she has gone away from him, she may become another man's wife.
3 And if the second husband has no love for her and, giving her a statement in writing, sends her away ; or if death comes to the second husband to whom she was married ;
4 Her first husband, who had sent her away, may not take her back after she has been wife to another ; for that is disgusting to the Lord : and you are not to be a cause of sin in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage.
Duty to a brother's widow
24:5 A newly married man will not have to go out with the army or undertake any business, but may be free for one year, living in his house for the comfort of his wife.
24:6 No one is to take, on account of a debt, the stones with which grain is crushed: for in doing so he takes a man's living.
24:7 If a man takes by force one of his countrymen, the children of Israel, using him as his property or getting a price for him, that thief is to be put to death: so you are to put away evil from among you.
24:8 In connection with the leper's disease, take care to keep and do every detail of the teaching of the priests, the Levites: as I gave them orders, so you are to do.
9 Keep in mind what the Lord your God did to Miriam on the way, when you came out of Egypt.
24:10 If you let your brother have the use of anything which is yours, do not go into his house and take anything of his as a sign of his debt ;
11 But keep outside till he comes out and gives it to you.
12 If he is a poor man, do not keep his property all night ;
13 But be certain to give it back to him when the sun goes down, so that he may have his clothing for sleeping in, and will give you his blessing : and this will be put to your account as righteousness before the Lord your God.
24:14 Do not be hard on a servant who is poor and in need, if he is one of your countrymen or a man from another nation living with you in your land.
15 Give him his payment day by day, not keeping it back over night ; for he is poor and his living is dependent on it ; and if his cry against you comes to the ears of the Lord, it will be judged as sin in you.
24:16 Fathers are not to be put to death for their children or children for their fathers : every man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.
24:17 Be upright in judging the cause of the man from a strange country and of him who has no father ; do not take a widow's clothing on account of a debt:
18 But keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God made you free : for this is why I give you orders to do this.
24:19 When you get in the grain from your field, if some of the grain has been dropped by chance in the field, do not go back and get it, but let it be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow: so that the blessing of the Lord your God may be on all the work of your hands.
20 When you are shaking the fruit from your olive-trees, do not go over the branches a second time: let some be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow.
21 When you are pulling the grapes from your vines, do not take up those which have been dropped ; let them be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow.
22 Keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt : for this is why I give you orders to do this.
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