Deuteronomy 24-27 World English Bible

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24 1  When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2  When she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. 3  If the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; 4  her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before Yahweh: and you shall not cause the land to sin, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.

5  When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out in the army, neither shall he be assigned any business: he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he has taken. 6  No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes a man’s life to pledge. 7  If a man be found stealing any of his brothers of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, or sell him; then that thief shall die: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you. 8  Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so you shall observe to do. 9  Remember what Yahweh your God did to Miriam, by the way as you came forth out of Egypt. 10  When you do lend your neighbor any manner of loan, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge. 11  You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you do lend shall bring forth the pledge outside to you. 12  If he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge; 13  you shall surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless you: and it shall be righteousness to you before Yahweh your God.

14  You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he be of your brothers, or of your foreigners who are in your land within your gates: 15  in his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it: lest he cry against you to Yahweh, and it be sin to you. 16  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither 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 wrest the justice due to the foreigner, or to the fatherless, nor take the widow’s clothing to pledge; 18  but you shall remember that you were a bondservant in Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you there: therefore I command you to do this thing. 19  When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgot a sheaf in the field, you shall not go again to get it: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20  When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21  When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it after yourselves: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 22  You shall remember that you were a bondservant in the land of Egypt: therefore I command you to do this thing.

25 1  If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked; 2  and it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his wickedness, by number. 3  Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you. 4  You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.

5  If brothers dwell together, and one of them die, and have no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside to a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her to him as wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6  It shall be, that the firstborn whom she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother who is dead, that his name not be blotted out of Israel. 7  If the man doesn’t want 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 raise up to his brother a 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 stand, and say, “I don’t want to take her;” 9  then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from 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  His name shall be called in Israel, The house of him who has his shoe untied. 11  When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who strikes him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the secrets; 12  then you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall have no pity.

13  You shall not have in your bag diverse weights, a great and a small. 14  You shall not have in your house diverse measures, a great and a small. 15  You shall have a perfect and just weight. You shall have a perfect and just measure, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you. 16  For all who do such things, even all who do unrighteously, are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

The Command to Blot Out Amalek

17  Remember what Amalek did to you by the way as you came forth out of Egypt; 18  how he met you by the way, and struck the hindmost of you, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he didn’t fear God. 19  Therefore it shall be, when Yahweh your God has given you rest from all your enemies all around, in the land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky; you shall not forget.

The Firstfruits and the Tithe

26 1  It shall be, when you are come in to the land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell therein, 2  that you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you shall bring in from your land that Yahweh your God gives you; and you shall put it in a basket, and shall go to the place which Yahweh your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 3  You shall come to the priest who shall be in those days, and tell him, “I profess this day to Yahweh your God, that I am come to the land which Yahweh swore to our fathers to give us.” 4  The priest shall take the basket out of your hand, and set it down before the altar of Yahweh your God. 5  You shall answer and say before Yahweh your God, “A Syrian ready to perish was my father; and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6  The Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and laid on us hard bondage: 7  and we cried to Yahweh, the God of our fathers, and Yahweh heard our voice, and saw our affliction, and our toil, and our oppression; 8  and Yahweh brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror, and with signs, and with wonders; 9  and he has brought us into this place, and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10  Now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, Yahweh, have given me.” You shall set it down before Yahweh your God, and worship before Yahweh your God. 11  You shall rejoice in all the good which Yahweh your God has given to you, and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the foreigner who is in the midst of you.

12  When you have made an end of tithing all the tithe of your increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the foreigner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled. 13  You shall say before Yahweh your God, “I have put away the holy things out of my house, and also have given them to the Levite, and to the foreigner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your commandment which you have commanded me: I have not transgressed any of your commandments, neither have I forgotten them: 14  I have not eaten of it in my mourning, neither have I put away of it, being unclean, nor given of it for the dead: I have listened to the voice of Yahweh my God; I have done according to all that you have commanded me. 15  Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel, and the ground which you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

16  This day Yahweh your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances: you shall therefore keep and do them with all your heart, and with all your soul. 17  You have declared Yahweh this day to be your God, and that you would walk in his ways, and keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his ordinances, and listen to his voice: 18  and Yahweh has declared you this day to be a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you should keep all his commandments; 19  and to make you high above all nations that he has made, in praise, and in name, and in honor; and that you may be a holy people to Yahweh your God, as he has spoken.

The Law to Be Recorded on Mount Ebal

27 1  Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep all the commandment which I command you this day. 2  It shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, that you shall set yourself up great stones, and plaster them with plaster: 3  and you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have passed over; that you may go in to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you. 4  It shall be, when you have passed over the Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. 5  There you shall build an altar to Yahweh your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool on them. 6  You shall build the altar of Yahweh your God of uncut stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon to Yahweh your God: 7  and you shall sacrifice peace offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God. 8  You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.” 9  Moses and the priests the Levites spoke to all Israel, saying, “Keep silence, and listen, Israel: this day you have become the people of Yahweh your God. 10  You shall therefore obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day.”

The Curses at Mount Ebal

11  Moses commanded the people the same day, saying, 12  “These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin. 13  These shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14  The Levites shall answer, and tell all the men of Israel with a loud voice, 15  ‘Cursed is the man who makes an engraved or molten image, an abomination to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ All the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’ 16  ‘Cursed is he who sets light by his father or his mother.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 17  ‘Cursed is he who removes his neighbor’s landmark.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 18  ‘Cursed is he who makes the blind to wander out of the way.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 19  ‘Cursed is he who wrests the justice due to the foreigner, fatherless, and widow.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 20  ‘Cursed is he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s skirt.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 21  ‘Cursed is he who lies with any manner of animal.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 22  ‘Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 23  ‘Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 24  ‘Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 25  ‘Cursed is he who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ 26  ‘Cursed is he who doesn’t confirm the words of this law to do them.’ All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

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