Deuteronomy 22:8–23:25

8 “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone falls from it.

9 aYou shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or 1all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled.

10 aYou shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

11 aYou shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.

12 aYou shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.

Laws on Morality

13 aIf any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then 1turns against her,

14 and charges her with shameful deeds and 1publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’

15 then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate.

16 “The girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he 1turned against her;

17 and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, “I did not find your daughter a virgin.” But 1this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.

18 “So athe elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him,

19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father, because he 1publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot 2divorce her all his days.

20 “But if this 1acharge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin,

21 then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her 1to death because she has acommitted an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus byou shall purge the evil from among you.

22 aIf a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.

23 aIf there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her,

24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them 1to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

25 “But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.

26 “But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case.

27 “When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her.

28 aIf a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered,

29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.

30 1aA man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.

Chapter 23

Persons Excluded from the Assembly

1 aNo one who is 1emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.

2 “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.

3 aNo Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the Lord,

4 abecause they did not meet you with 1food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you bBalaam the son of Beor from Pethor of 2Mesopotamia, to curse you.

5 “Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God aturned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God bloves you.

6 aYou shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.

7 “You shall not detest an Edomite, for ahe is your brother; you shall not detest an Egyptian, bbecause you were an alien in his land.

8 “The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.

9 “When you go out as 1an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

10 aIf there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not 1reenter the camp.

11 “But it shall be when evening approaches, he shall bathe himself with water, and at sundown he may 1reenter the camp.

12 “You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there,

13 and you shall have a 1spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn 2to cover up your excrement.

14 “Since athe Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to 1defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be bholy; and He must not see 2anything indecent among you 3or He will turn away from you.

15 aYou shall not hand over to his master a slave who has 1escaped from his master to you.

16 “He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your 1towns where it pleases him; ayou shall not mistreat him.

17 aNone of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, bnor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute.

18 “You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a 1adog into the house of the Lord your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.

19 aYou shall not charge interest to your 1countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.

20 aYou may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your 1countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that bthe Lord your God may bless you in all 2that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to 3possess.

21 aWhen you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, 1and the Lord your God will surely require it of you.

22 “However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you.

23 “You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God, what you have 1promised.

24 “When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes 1until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your 2basket.

25 aWhen you enter your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in your neighbor’s standing grain.

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