Deuteronomy 25

Sundry Laws

1 a  If there is a dispute between men and they go to
Lit the judgment
court, and
Lit they judge them
the judges decide their case, d  and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked,
2then it shall be if the wicked man
Lit is a son of beating
f  deserves to be beaten, the judge shall then make him lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of stripes according to his
Or wickedness
3 h  He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not i  degraded in your eyes.

4 j  You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.

5When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. k  Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall
Lit stand on
assume the name of his dead brother, so that m  his name will not be blotted out from Israel.
7 n  But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’ 8Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her,’ 9 o  then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and p  spit in his face; and she shall
Lit answer and say
declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’
10In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’

11If two men, a man and his
Lit brother
countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals,
12then you shall cut off her
Lit palm
Lit your eye
u  you shall not show pity.

13 v  You shall not have in your bag
Lit a stone and a stone
differing weights, a large and a small.
14You shall not have in your house
Lit an ephah and an ephah
differing measures, a large and a small.
15You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just
Lit ephah
measure, z  that your days may be prolonged in the
Lit ground
land which the  Lord your God gives you.
16“For ab  everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the  Lord your God.

17 ac  Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, 18how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he ad  did not
Or reverence
fear God.
19Therefore it shall come about when the  Lord your God has given you af  rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the  Lord your God gives you as an inheritance to
Lit possess it
possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.
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