Deuteronomy 21:10–22:7

Domestic Relations

10 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and athe Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,

11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,

12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall ashave her head and 1trim her nails.

13 “She shall also 1remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and amourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.

14 “It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go 1wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not 2mistreat her, because you have ahumbled her.

15 “If a man has two wives, the one loved and athe other 1unloved, and both the loved and the 1unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the 1unloved,

16 then it shall be in the day he 1wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the 2unloved, who is the firstborn.

17 “But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the 1unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that 2he has, for he is the abeginning of his strength; bto him belongs the right of the firstborn.

18 “If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will anot obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,

19 then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city 1at the gateway of his hometown.

20 “They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’

21 aThen all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so byou shall remove the evil from your midst, and call Israel will hear of it and fear.

22 “If a man has committed a sin aworthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,

23 ahis corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for bhe who is hanged is 1accursed of God), so that you cdo not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.

Chapter 22

Sundry Laws

1 aYou shall not see your 1countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and 2pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman.

2 “If your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it; then you shall restore it to him.

3 “Thus you shall do with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with anything lost by your countryman, which he has lost and you have found. You are not allowed to 1neglect them.

4 “You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and 1pay no attention to them; you shall certainly help him to raise them up.

5 “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

6 “If you happen to come upon a bird’s nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, ayou shall not take the mother with the young;

7 you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, ain order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

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