Deuteronomy 24-27 Young’s Literal Translation

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24 1  'When a man doth take a wife, and hath married her, and it hath been, if she doth not find grace in his eyes (for he hath found in her nakedness of anything), and he hath written for her a writing of divorce, and given 'it' into her hand, and sent her out of his house, 2  and she hath gone out of his house, and hath gone and been another man's, 3  and the latter man hath hated her, and written for her a writing of divorce, and given 'it' into her hand, and sent her out of his house, or when the latter man dieth, who hath taken her to himself for a wife: 4  'Her former husband who sent her away is not able to turn back to take her to be to him for a wife, after that she hath become defiled; for an abomination it 'is' before Jehovah, and thou dost not cause the land to sin which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee—an inheritance.

5  'When a man taketh a new wife, he doth not go out into the host, and 'one' doth not pass over unto him for anything; free he is at his own house one year, and hath rejoiced his wife whom he hath taken. 6  'None doth take in pledge millstones, and rider, for life it 'is' he is taking in pledge. 7  'When a man is found stealing a person, of his brethren, of the sons of Israel, and hath tyrannized over him, and sold him, then hath that thief died, and thou hast put away the evil thing out of thy midst. 8  'Take heed, in the plague of leprosy, to watch greatly, and to do according to all that the priests, the Levites, teach you; as I have commanded them ye observe to do; 9  remember that which Jehovah thy God hath done to Miriam in the way, in your coming out of Egypt. 10  'When thou liftest up on thy brother a debt of anything, thou dost not go in unto his house to obtain his pledge; 11  at the outside thou dost stand, and the man on whom thou art lifting 'it' up is bringing out unto thee the pledge at the outside. 12  'And if he is a poor man, thou dost not lie down with his pledge; 13  thou dost certainly give back to him the pledge at the going in of the sun, and he hath lain down in his own raiment, and hath blessed thee; and to thee it is righteousness before Jehovah thy God.

14  'Thou dost not oppress a hireling, poor and needy, of thy brethren or of thy sojourner who is in thy land within thy gates; 15  in his day thou dost give his hire, and the sun doth not go in upon it, for he 'is' poor, and unto it he is lifting up his soul, and he doth not cry against thee unto Jehovah, and it hath been in thee—sin. 16  'Fathers are not put to death for sons, and sons are not put to death for fathers—each for his own sin, they are put to death. 17  'Thou dost not turn aside the judgment of a fatherless sojourner, nor take in pledge the garment of a widow; 18  and thou hast remembered that a servant thou hast been in Egypt, and Jehovah thy God doth ransom thee from thence; therefore I am commanding thee to do this thing. 19  'When thou reapest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgotten a sheaf in a field, thou dost not turn back to take it; to the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, it is; so that Jehovah thy God doth bless thee in all the work of thy hands. 20  'When thou beatest thine olive, thou dost not examine the branch behind thee; to the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, it is. 21  'When thou cuttest thy vineyard, thou dost not glean behind thee; to the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, it is; 22  and thou hast remembered that a servant thou hast been in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding thee to do this thing.

25 1  'When there is a strife between men, and they have come nigh unto the judgment, and they have judged, and declared righteous the righteous, and declared wrong the wrong-doer, 2  then it hath come to pass, if the wrong-doer is to be smitten, that the judge hath caused him to fall down, and 'one' hath smitten him in his presence, according to the sufficiency of his wrong-doing, by number; 3  forty 'times' he doth smite him—he is not adding, lest, he is adding to smite him above these—many stripes, and thy brother is lightly esteemed in thine eyes. 4  'Thou dost not muzzle an ox in its threshing.

5  'When brethren dwell together, and one of them hath died, and hath no son, the wife of the dead is not without to a strange man; her husband's brother doth go in unto her, and hath taken her to him for a wife, and doth perform the duty of her husband's brother; 6  and it hath been, the first-born which she beareth doth rise for the name of his dead brother, and his name is not wiped away out of Israel. 7  'And if the man doth not delight to take his brother's wife, then hath his brother's wife gone up to the gate, unto the elders, and said, My husband's brother is refusing to raise up to his brother a name in Israel; he hath not been willing to perform the duty of my husband's brother; 8  and the elders of his city have called for him, and spoken unto him, and he hath stood and said, I have no desire to take her; 9  'Then hath his brother's wife drawn nigh unto him, before the eyes of the elders, and drawn his shoe from off his foot, and spat in his face, and answered and said, Thus it is done to the man who doth not build up the house of his brother; 10  and his name hath been called in Israel—The house of him whose shoe is drawn off. 11  'When men strive together, one with another, and the wife of the one hath drawn near to deliver her husband out of the hand of his smiter, and hath put forth her hand, and laid hold on his secrets, 12  then thou hast cut off her hand, thine eye doth not spare.

13  'Thou hast not in thy bag a stone and a stone, a great and a small. 14  Thou hast not in thy house an ephah and an ephah, a great and a small. 15  Thou hast a stone complete and just, thou hast an ephah complete and just, so that they prolong thy days on the ground which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee; 16  for the abomination of Jehovah thy God 'is' any one doing these things, any one doing iniquity.

The Command to Blot Out Amalek

17  'Remember that which Amalek hath done to thee in the way, in your going out from Egypt, 18  that he hath met thee in the way, and smiteth in all those feeble behind thee (and thou wearied and fatigued), and is not fearing God. 19  And it hath been, in Jehovah thy God's giving rest to thee, from all thine enemies round about, in the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee—an inheritance to possess it—thou dost blot out the rememberance of Amalek from under the heavens—thou dost not forget.

The Firstfruits and the Tithe

26 1  'And it hath been, when thou comest in unto the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee—an inheritance, and thou hast possessed it, and dwelt in it, 2  that thou hast taken of the first of all the fruits of the ground which thou dost bring in out of thy land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee, and hast put 'it' in a basket, and gone unto the place which Jehovah thy God doth choose to cause His name to tabernacle there. 3  'And thou hast come in unto the priest who is in those days, and hast said unto him, I have declared to-day to Jehovah thy God, that I have come in unto the land which Jehovah hath sworn to our fathers to give to us; 4  and the priest hath taken the basket out of thy hand, and placed it before the altar of Jehovah thy God. 5  'And thou hast answered and said before Jehovah thy God, A perishing Aramaean 'is' my father! and he goeth down to Egypt, and sojourneth there with few men, and becometh there a nation, great, mighty, and numerous; 6  and the Egyptians do us evil, and afflict us, and put on us hard service; 7  and we cry unto Jehovah, God of our fathers, and Jehovah heareth our voice, and seeth our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression; 8  and Jehovah bringeth us out from Egypt, by a strong hand, and by a stretched-out arm, and by great fear, and by signs, and by wonders, 9  and he bringeth us in unto this place, and giveth to us this land—a land flowing with milk and honey. 10  'And now, lo, I have brought in the first of the fruits of the ground which thou hast given to me, O Jehovah;—and thou hast placed it before Jehovah thy God, and bowed thyself before Jehovah thy God, 11  and rejoiced in all the good which Jehovah thy God hath given to thee, and to thy house, thou, and the Levite, and the sojourner who 'is' in thy midst.

12  'When thou dost complete to tithe all the tithe of thine increase in the third year, the year of the tithe, then thou hast given to the Levite, to the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, and they have eaten within thy gates, and been satisfied, 13  and thou hast said before Jehovah thy God, I have put away the separated thing out of the house, and also have given it to the Levite, and to the sojourner, and to the orphan, and to the widow, according to all Thy command which Thou hast commanded me; I have not passed over from Thy commands, nor have I forgotten. 14  I have not eaten in mine affliction of it, nor have I put away of it for uncleanness, nor have I given of it for the dead; I have hearkened to the voice of Jehovah my God; I have done according to all that Thou hast commanded me; 15  look from Thy holy habitation, from the heavens, and bless Thy people Israel, and the ground which Thou hast given to us, as Thou hast sworn to our fathers—a land flowing 'with' milk and honey.

16  'This day Jehovah thy God is commanding thee to do these statutes and judgments; and thou hast hearkened and done them with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 17  Jehovah thou hast caused to promise to-day to become thy God, and to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, and His commands, and His judgments, and to hearken to His voice. 18  'And Jehovah hath caused thee to promise to-day to become His people, a peculiar treasure, as He hath spoken to thee, and to keep all His commands; 19  so as to make thee uppermost above all the nations whom He hath made for a praise, and for a name, and for beauty, and for thy being a holy people to Jehovah thy God, as He hath spoken.

The Law to Be Recorded on Mount Ebal

27 1  'And Moses—the elders of Israel also—commandeth the people, saying, Keep all the command which I am commanding you to-day; 2  and it hath been, in the day that ye pass over the Jordan unto the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee, that thou hast raised up for thee great stones, and plaistered them with plaister, 3  and written on them all the words of this law in thy passing over, so that thou goest in unto the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee—a land flowing with milk and honey, as Jehovah, God of thy fathers, hath spoken to thee. 4  'And it hath been, in your passing over the Jordan, ye raise up these stones which I am commanding you to-day, in mount Ebal, and thou hast plaistered them with plaister, 5  and built there an altar to Jehovah thy God, an altar of stones, thou dost not wave over them iron. 6  Of complete stones thou buildest the altar of Jehovah thy God, and hast caused to ascend on it burnt-offerings to Jehovah thy God, 7  and sacrificed peace-offerings, and eaten there, and rejoiced before Jehovah thy God, 8  and written on the stones all the words of this law, well engraved.' 9  And Moses speaketh—the priests, the Levites, also—unto all Israel, saying, 'Keep silent, and hear, O Israel, this day thou hast become a people to Jehovah thy God; 10  and thou hast hearkened to the voice of Jehovah thy God, and done His commands, and His statutes, which I am commanding thee to-day.'

The Curses at Mount Ebal

11  And Moses commandeth the people on that day, saying, 12  'These do stand, to bless the people, on mount Gerizzim, in your passing over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin. 13  And these do stand, for the reviling, on mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14  'And the Levites have answered and said unto every man of Israel—a loud voice: 15  'Cursed 'is' the man who maketh a graven and molten image, the abomination of Jehovah, work of the hands of an artificer, and hath put 'it' in a secret place,—and all the people have answered and said, Amen. 16  'Cursed 'is' He who is making light of his father and his mother,—and all the people have said, Amen. 17  'Cursed 'is' he who is removing his neighbour's border,—and all the people have said, Amen. 18  'Cursed 'is' he who is causing the blind to err in the way,—and all the people have said, Amen. 19  'Cursed 'is' he who is turning aside the judgment of fatherless, sojourner, and widow,—and all the people have said, Amen. 20  'Cursed 'is' he who is lying with his father's wife, for he hath uncovered his father's skirt,—and all the people have said, Amen. 21  'Cursed 'is' he who is lying with any beast,—and all the people have said, Amen. 22  'Cursed 'is' he who is lying with his sister, daughter of his father, or daughter of his mother,—and all the people have said, Amen. 23  'Cursed 'is' he who is lying with his mother-in-law,—and all the people have said, Amen. 24  'Cursed 'is' he who is smiting his neighbour in secret,—and all the people have said, Amen. 25  'Cursed 'is' he who is taking a bribe to smite a person, innocent blood,—and all the people have said, Amen. 26  'Cursed 'is' he who doth not establish the words of this law, to do them,—and all the people have said, Amen.

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