Deuteronomy 24-27 Revised Standard Version

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24 1  "When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a bill of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, 2  and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, 3  and the latter husband dislikes her and writes her a bill of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies, who took her to be his wife, 4  then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the Lord, and you shall not bring guilt upon the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance.

5  "When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, to be happy with his wife whom he has taken. 6  "No man shall take a mill or an upper millstone in pledge; for he would be taking a life in pledge. 7  "If a man is found stealing one of his brethren, the people of Israel, and if he treats him as a slave or sells him, then that thief shall die; so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you. 8  "Take heed, in an attack of leprosy, to be very careful to do according to all that the Levitical priests shall direct you; as I commanded them, so you shall be careful to do. 9  Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam on the way as you came forth out of Egypt. 10  "When you make your neighbor a loan of any sort, you shall not go into his house to fetch his pledge. 11  You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you. 12  And if he is a poor man, you shall not sleep in his pledge; 13  when the sun goes down, you shall restore to him the pledge that he may sleep in his cloak and bless you; and it shall be righteousness to you before the Lord your God.

14  "You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brethren or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns; 15  you shall give him his hire on the day he earns it, before the sun goes down (for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it); lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it be sin in you. 16  "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 17  "You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow's garment in pledge; 18  but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. 19  "When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow; that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20  When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 21  When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 22  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

25 1  "If there is a dispute between men, and they come into court, and the judges decide between them, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty, 2  then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense. 3  Forty stripes may be given him, but not more; lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight. 4  "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.

5  "If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband's brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6  And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his brother who is dead, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. 7  And if the man does not wish 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 perpetuate his brother's name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.' 8  Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he persists, saying, 'I do not wish to take her,' 9  then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say, 'So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.' 10  And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, The house of him that had his sandal pulled off. 11  "When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, 12  then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall have no pity.

13  "You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. 14  You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. 15  A full and just weight you shall have, a full and just measure you shall have; that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. 16  For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.

The Command to Blot Out Amalek

17  "Remember what Am'alek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, 18  how he attacked you on the way, when you were faint and weary, and cut off at your rear all who lagged behind you; and he did not fear God. 19  Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the remembrance of Am'alek from under heaven; you shall not forget.

The Firstfruits and the Tithe

26 1  "When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance, and have taken possession of it, and live in it, 2  you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place which the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. 3  And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, 'I declare this day to the Lord your God that I have come into the land which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.' 4  Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. 5  "And you shall make response before the Lord your God, 'A wandering Aramean was my father; and he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6  And the Egyptians treated us harshly, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage. 7  Then we cried to the Lord the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice, and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression; 8  and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror, with signs and wonders; 9  and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10  And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which thou, O Lord, hast given me.' And you shall set it down before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God; 11  and you shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.

12  "When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within your towns and be filled, 13  then you shall say before the Lord your God, 'I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all thy commandment which thou hast commanded me; I have not transgressed any of thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them; 14  I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead; I have obeyed the voice of the Lord my God, I have done according to all that thou hast commanded me. 15  Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel and the ground which thou hast given us, as thou didst swear to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.'

16  "This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17  You have declared this day concerning the Lord that he is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his ordinances, and will obey his voice; 18  and the Lord has declared this day concerning you that you are a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, 19  that he will set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he has spoken."

The Law to Be Recorded on Mount Ebal

27 1  Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, "Keep all the commandment which I command you this day. 2  And on the day you pass over the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall set up large stones, and plaster them with plaster; 3  and you shall write upon them all the words of this law, when you pass over to enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you. 4  And when you have passed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you this day, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. 5  And there you shall build an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones; you shall lift up no iron tool upon them. 6  You shall build an altar to the Lord your God of unhewn stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God; 7  and you shall sacrifice peace offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God. 8  And you shall write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly." 9  And Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, "Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the Lord your God. 10  You shall therefore obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day."

The Curses at Mount Ebal

11  And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, 12  "When you have passed over the Jordan, these shall stand upon Mount Ger'izim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Is'sachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 13  And these shall stand upon Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zeb'ulun, Dan, and Naph'tali. 14  And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel with a loud voice: 15  "'Cursed be the man who makes a graven or molten image, an abomination to the Lord, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.' 16  "'Cursed be he who dishonors his father or his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 17  "'Cursed be he who removes his neighbor's landmark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 18  "'Cursed be he who misleads a blind man on the road.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 19  "'Cursed be he who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 20  "'Cursed be he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered her who is his father's.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 21  "'Cursed be he who lies with any kind of beast.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 22  "'Cursed be he who lies with his sister, whether the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 23  "'Cursed be he who lies with his mother-in-law.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 24  "'Cursed be he who slays his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 25  "'Cursed be he who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.' 26  "'Cursed be he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

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