Deuteronomy 21

Expiation of a Crime

1If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the  Lord your God gives you to
Lit possess it
possess, and it is not known who has struck him,
2then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one. 3It 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; 4and 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 b  the 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
Lit stroke
assault
Lit shall be according to their mouth
shall be settled by them.
6All the elders of that city
Lit who are
which is nearest to the slain man shall f  wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
7and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it. 8
Lit Cover over, atone for
Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O  Lord, and do not place the guilt of h  innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.’ And the bloodguiltiness shall be
Lit covered over, atoned for
forgiven them.
9 j  So 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

10When you go out to battle against your enemies, and k  the  Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, 11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, 12then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall l  shave her head and
Lit do
trim her nails.
13“She shall also
Lit remove from her
remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and o  mourn 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.
14It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go
Lit according to her soul
wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not
Or enslave
mistreat her, because you have r  humbled her.

15If a man has two wives, the one loved and s  the other
Lit hated
unloved, and both the loved and the
Lit hated
unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the
Lit hated
unloved,
16then it shall be in the day he
Lit makes to inherit
wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the
Lit hated
unloved, who is the firstborn.
17But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the
Lit hated
unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that
Lit is found with him
he has, for he is the aa  beginning of his strength; ab  to him belongs the right of the firstborn.

18If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will ac  not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, 19then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city
Lit and to the gate of his place
at the gateway of his hometown.
20They 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 ae  Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so af  you shall remove the evil from your midst, and ag  all Israel will hear of it and fear.

22If a man has committed a sin ah  worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 ai  his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for aj  he who is hanged is
Lit the curse of God
accursed of God), so that you al  do not defile your land which the  Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.
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