24 1 If a man marries a woman and then it happens that he no longer likes her because he has found something wrong with her, he may give her divorce papers, put them in her hand, and send her off. 2 After she leaves, if she becomes another man's wife 3 and he also comes to hate her and this second husband also gives her divorce papers, puts them in her hand, and sends her off, or if he should die, 4 then the first husband who divorced her can't marry her again. She has made herself ritually unclean, and her remarriage would be an abomination in the Presence of God and defile the land with sin, this land that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance.
5 When a man takes a new wife, he is not to go out with the army or be given any business or work duties. He gets one year off simply to be at home making his wife happy. 6 Don't seize a handmill or an upper millstone as collateral for a loan. You'd be seizing someone's very life. 7 If a man is caught kidnapping one of his kinsmen, someone of the People of Israel, to enslave or sell him, the kidnapper must die. Purge that evil from among you. 8 Warning! If a serious skin disease breaks out, follow exactly the rules set down by the Levitical priests. Follow them precisely as I commanded them. 9 Don't forget what God, your God, did to Miriam on your way out of Egypt. 10 When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, don't enter his house to claim his pledge. 11 Wait outside. Let the man to whom you made the pledge bring the pledge to you outside. 12 And if he is destitute, don't use his cloak as a bedroll; 13 return it to him at nightfall so that he can sleep in his cloak and bless you. In the sight of God, your God, that will be viewed as a righteous act.
14 Don't abuse a laborer who is destitute and needy, whether he is a fellow Israelite living in your land and in your city. 15 Pay him at the end of each workday; he's living from hand to mouth and needs it now. If you hold back his pay, he'll protest to God and you'll have sin on your books. 16 Parents shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their parents. Each person shall be put to death for his own sin. 17 Make sure foreigners and orphans get their just rights. Don't take the cloak of a widow as security for a loan. 18 Don't ever forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and God, your God, got you out of there. I command you: Do what I'm telling you. 19 When you harvest your grain and forget a sheaf back in the field, don't go back and get it; leave it for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that God, your God, will bless you in all your work. 20 When you shake the olives off your trees, don't go back over the branches and strip them bare - what's left is for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. 21 And when you cut the grapes in your vineyard, don't take every last grape - leave a few for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. 22 Don't ever forget that you were a slave in Egypt. I command you: Do what I'm telling you.
25 1 When men have a legal dispute, let them go to court; the judges will decide between them, declaring one innocent and the other guilty. 2 If the guilty one deserves punishment, the judge will have him prostrate himself before him and lashed as many times as his crime deserves, 3 but not more than forty. If you hit him more than forty times, you will degrade him to something less than human. 4 Don't muzzle an ox while it is threshing.
5 When brothers are living together and one of them dies without having had a son, the widow of the dead brother shall not marry a stranger from outside the family; her husband's brother is to come to her and marry her and do the brother-in-law's duty by her. 6 The first son that she bears shall be named after her dead husband so his name won't die out in Israel. 7 But if the brother doesn't want to marry his sister-in-law, she is to go to the leaders at the city gate and say, "My brother-in-law refuses to keep his brother's name alive in Israel; he won't agree to do the brother-in-law's duty by me." 8 Then the leaders will call for the brother and confront him. If he stands there defiant and says, "I don't want her," 9 his sister-in-law is to pull his sandal off his foot, spit in his face, and say, "This is what happens to the man who refuses to build up the family of his brother 10 - his name in Israel will be Family-No-Sandal." 11 When two men are in a fight and the wife of the one man, trying to rescue her husband, grabs the genitals of the man hitting him, 12 you are to cut off her hand. Show no pity.
13 Don't carry around with you two weights, one heavy and the other light, 14 and don't keep two measures at hand, one large and the other small. 15 Use only one weight, a true and honest weight, and one measure, a true and honest measure, so that you will live a long time on the land that God, your God, is giving you. 16 Dishonest weights and measures are an abomination to God, your God - all this corruption in business deals!
The Command to Blot Out Amalek
17 Don't forget what Amalek did to you on the road after you left Egypt, 18 how he attacked you when you were tired, barely able to put one foot in front of another, mercilessly cut off your stragglers, and had no regard for God. 19 When God, your God, gives you rest from all the enemies that surround you in the inheritance-land God, your God, is giving you to possess, you are to wipe the name of Amalek from off the Earth. Don't forget!
The Firstfruits and the Tithe
26 1 Once you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance and take it over and settle down, 2 you are to take some of all the firstfruits of what you grow in the land that God, your God, is giving you, put them in a basket and go to the place God, your God, sets apart for you to worship him. 3 At that time, go to the priest who is there and say, "I announce to God, your God, today that I have entered the land that God promised our ancestors that he'd give to us." 4 The priest will take the basket from you and place it on the Altar of God, your God. 5 And there in the Presence of God, your God, you will recite, A wandering Aramean was my father, he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, he and just a handful of his brothers at first, but soon they became a great nation, mighty and many. 6 The Egyptians abused and battered us, in a cruel and savage slavery. 7 We cried out to God, the God-of-Our-Fathers: He listened to our voice, he saw our destitution, our trouble, our cruel plight. 8 And God took us out of Egypt with his strong hand and long arm, terrible and great, with signs and miracle-wonders. 9 And he brought us to this place, gave us this land flowing with milk and honey. 10 So here I am. I've brought the firstfruits of what I've grown on this ground you gave me, O God. 11 And rejoice! Celebrate all the good things that God, your God, has given you and your family; you and the Levite and the foreigner who lives with you.
12 Every third year, the year of the tithe, give a tenth of your produce to the Levite, the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that they may eat their fill in your cities. 13 And then, in the Presence of God, your God, say this: I have brought the sacred share, I've given it to the Levite, foreigner, orphan, and widow. What you commanded, I've done. I haven't detoured around your commands, I haven't forgotten a single one. 14 I haven't eaten from the sacred share while mourning, I haven't removed any of it while ritually unclean, I haven't used it in funeral feasts. I have listened obediently to the Voice of God, my God, I have lived the way you commanded me. 15 Look down from your holy house in Heaven! Bless your people Israel and the ground you gave us, just as you promised our ancestors you would, this land flowing with milk and honey.
16 This very day God, your God, commands you to follow these rules and regulations, to live them out with everything you have in you. 17 You've renewed your vows today that God is your God, that you'll live the way he shows you; do what he tells you in the rules, regulations, and commandments; and listen obediently to him. 18 And today God has reaffirmed that you are dearly held treasure just as he promised, a people entrusted with keeping his commandments, 19 a people set high above all other nations that he's made, high in praise, fame, and honor: you're a people holy to God, your God. That's what he has promised.
The Law to Be Recorded on Mount Ebal
27 1 Moses commanded the leaders of Israel and charged the people: Keep every commandment that I command you today. 2 On the day you cross the Jordan into the land that God, your God, is giving you, erect large stones and coat them with plaster. 3 As soon as you cross over the river, write on the stones all the words of this Revelation so that you'll enter the land that God, your God, is giving you, that land flowing with milk and honey that God, the God-of-Your-Fathers, promised you. 4 So when you've crossed the Jordan, erect these stones on Mount Ebal. Then coat them with plaster. 5 Build an Altar of stones for God, your God, there on the mountain. Don't use an iron tool on the stones; 6 build the Altar to God, your God, with uncut stones and offer your Whole-Burnt-Offerings on it to God, your God. 7 When you sacrifice your Peace-Offerings you will also eat them there, rejoicing in the Presence of God, your God. 8 Write all the words of this Revelation on the stones. Incise them sharply. 9 Moses and the Levitical priests addressed all Israel: Quiet. Listen obediently, Israel. This very day you have become the people of God, your God. 10 Listen to the Voice of God, your God. Keep his commandments and regulations that I'm commanding you today.
The Curses at Mount Ebal
11 That day Moses commanded: 12 After you've crossed the Jordan, these tribes will stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 13 And these will stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 The Levites, acting as spokesmen and speaking loudly, will address Israel: 15 God's curse on anyone who carves or casts a god-image - an abomination to God made by a craftsman - and sets it up in secret. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 16 God's curse on anyone who demeans a parent. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 17 God's curse on anyone who moves his neighbor's boundary marker. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 18 God's curse on anyone who misdirects a blind man on the road. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 19 God's curse on anyone who interferes with justice due the foreigner, orphan, or widow. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 20 God's curse on anyone who has sex with his father's wife; he has violated the woman who belongs to his father. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 21 God's curse on anyone who has sex with an animal. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 22 God's curse on anyone who has sex with his sister, the daughter of his father or mother. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 23 God's curse on anyone who has sex with his mother-in-law. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 24 God's curse on anyone who kills his neighbor in secret. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 25 God's curse on anyone who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person. All respond: Yes. Absolutely. 26 God's curse on whoever does not give substance to the words of this Revelation by living them. All respond: Yes. Absolutely.