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 Deuteronomy 21
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Expiation of a Crime

1 "If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, F312 and it is not known who has struck him, 2 then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one. 3 "It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke; 4 and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley. 5 "Then the R671 priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; and every dispute and every assault F313 shall F314 be settled by them. 6 "All the elders of that city which F315 is nearest to the slain man shall wash R672 their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7 and they shall answer and say, `Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it. 8 `Forgive F316 Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of innocent R673 blood in the midst of Your people Israel.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be forgiven F317 them. 9 "So R674 you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the eyes of the LORD.

Domestic Relations

10 "When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the R675 LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, 11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, 12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave R676 her head and trim F318 her nails. 13 "She shall also remove F319 the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn R677 her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 "It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go wherever F320 she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not mistreat F321 her, because you have humbled R678 her.

15 "If a man has two wives, the one loved and the R679 other unloved, F322 and both the loved and the unloved F322 have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, F322 16 then it shall be in the day he wills F323 what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the unloved, F324 who is the firstborn. 17 "But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, F325 by giving him a double portion of all that he F326 has, for he is the beginning R680 of his strength; to R681 him belongs the right of the firstborn.

18 "If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not R682 obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, 19 then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at F327 the gateway of his hometown. 20 "They shall say to the elders of his city, `This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.' 21 "Then R683 all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you R684 shall remove the evil from your midst, and all R685 Israel will hear of it and fear.

22 "If a man has committed a sin worthy R686 of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his R687 corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he R688 who is hanged is accursed F328 of God), so that you do R689 not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.

F312: Lit possess it
F313: Lit stroke
F314: Lit shall be according to their mouth
F315: Lit who are
F316: Lit Cover over, atone for
F317: Lit covered over, atoned for
F318: Lit do
F319: Lit remove from her
F320: Lit according to her soul
F321: Or enslave
F322: Lit hated
F322: Lit hated
F322: Lit hated
F323: Lit makes to inherit
F324: Lit hated
F325: Lit hated
F326: Lit is found with him
F327: Lit and to the gate of his place
F328: Lit the curse of God

R671: Deuteronomy 17:9-11; 19:17; 1 Chronicles 23:13
R672: Matthew 27:24
R673: Numbers 35:33,34; Jonah 1:14
R674: Deuteronomy 19:13
R675: Joshua 21:44
R676: Leviticus 14:8,9; Numbers 6:9
R677: Psalms 45:10
R678: Genesis 34:2
R679: Genesis 29:33
R680: Genesis 49:3
R681: Genesis 25:31
R682: Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Proverbs 1:8; Ephesians 6:1-3
R683: Leviticus 20:2,27; 24:14-23; Numbers 15:25,36
R684: Deuteronomy 19:19
R685: Deuteronomy 13:11
R686: Deuteronomy 22:26; Matthew 26:66; Mark 14:64; Acts 23:29
R687: Joshua 8:29; 10:26,27; John 19:31
R688: Galatians 3:13
R689: Leviticus 18:25; Numbers 35:34


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