Deuteronomy 20

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The Fifth Book of Moses, called Deuteronomy

Chapter 21


If [one] be found11 slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth6 thee to possess2 it, lying6 in the field, [and] it be not known8 who hath slain52 him:


Then thy elders and thy judges6 shall come forth,1 and they shall measure1 unto the cities which [are] round about him that is slain:


And it shall be, [that] the city [which is] next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take1 an heifer, 5697 which hath not been wrought27 with, [and] which hath not drawn1 in the yoke;


And the elders of that city shall bring down52 the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared11 nor sown,11 and shall strike off the heifer's neck1 there in the valley:


And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near;8 for them the LORD thy God hath chosen1 to minister15 unto him, and to bless15 in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be [tried]:


And all the elders of that city, [that are] next unto the slain [man], shall wash4 their hands over the heifer that is beheaded7 in the valley:


And they shall answer1 and say,1 Our hands have not shed1 this blood, neither have our eyes seen1 [it].


Be merciful,16 O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed,1 and lay4 not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven98 them.


So shalt thou put away17 the [guilt of] innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do4 [that which is] right in the sight of the LORD.


When thou goest forth4 to war against thine enemies,6 and the LORD thy God hath delivered1 them into thine hands, and thou hast taken1 them captive,


And seest1 among the captives a beautiful 3303 woman, and hast a desire1 unto her, that thou wouldest have1 her to thy wife;


Then thou shalt bring52 her home to thine house; and she shall shave14 her head, and pare1 her nails;


And she shall put52 the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain1 in thine house, and bewail1 her father and her mother a full month: 3117 and after that thou shalt go in4 unto her, and be her husband,1 and she shall be thy wife.


And it shall be, if thou have no delight1 in her, then thou shalt let her go14 whither she will; but thou shalt not sell4 her at all2 for money, thou shalt not make merchandise101 of her, because thou hast humbled14 her.


If a man have two wives, one beloved,7 and another hated,7 and they have born1 him children, [both] the beloved7 and the hated;7 and [if] the firstborn son be hers that was hated:


Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit53 [that] which he hath, [that] he may4 not make the son of the beloved7 firstborn15 before the son of the hated,7 [which is indeed] the firstborn:


But he shall acknowledge55 the son of the hated7 [for] the firstborn, by giving2 him a double portion of all that he hath:11 for he [is] the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn [is] his.


If a man have a stubborn6 and rebellious6 son, which will not obey6 the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [that], when they have chastened14 him, will not hearken4 unto them:


Then shall his father and his mother lay hold1 on him, and bring him out52 unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;


And they shall say1 unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn6 and rebellious,6 he will not obey6 our voice; [he is] a glutton,6 and a drunkard.6


And all the men of his city shall stone1 him with stones, that he die:1 so shalt thou put evil away14 from among you; and all Israel shall hear,4 and fear.4


And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death,90 and thou hang1 him on a tree:


His body shall not remain4 all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise2 bury4 him that day; (for he that is hanged7 [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled,17 which the LORD thy God giveth6 thee [for] an inheritance.

Deuteronomy 22





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