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Respect for Others’ Property

23:19 You must not charge interest on a loan to your fellow Israelite,31 whether on money, food, or anything else that has been loaned with interest. 23:20 You may lend with interest to a foreigner, but not to your fellow Israelite; if you keep this command the Lord your God will bless you in all you undertake in the land you are about to enter to possess. 23:21 When you make a vow to the Lord your God you must not delay in fulfilling it, for otherwise he32 will surely33 hold you accountable as a sinner.34 23:22 If you refrain from making a vow, it will not be sinful. 23:23 Whatever you vow, you must be careful to do what you have promised, such as what you have vowed to the Lord your God as a freewill offering. 23:24 When you enter the vineyard of your neighbor you may eat as many grapes as you please,35 but you must not take away any in a container.36 23:25 When you go into the ripe grain fields of your neighbor you may pluck off the kernels with your hand,37 but you must not use a sickle on your neighbor’s ripe grain.

24:1 If a man marries a woman and she does not please him because he has found something offensive1 in her, then he may draw up a divorce document, give it to her, and evict her from his house. 24:2 When she has left him2 she may go and become someone else’s wife. 24:3 If the second husband rejects3 her and then divorces her,4 gives her the papers, and evicts her from his house, or if the second husband who married her dies, 24:4 her first husband who divorced her is not permitted to remarry5 her after she has become ritually impure, for that is offensive to the Lord.6 You must not bring guilt on the land7 which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

24:5 When a man is newly married, he need not go into8 the army nor be obligated in any way; he must be free to stay at home for a full year and bring joy to9 the wife he has married.

24:6 One must not take either lower or upper millstones as security on a loan, for that is like taking a life itself as security.10

24:7 If a man is found kidnapping a person from among his fellow Israelites,11 and regards him as mere property12 and sells him, that kidnapper13 must die. In this way you will purge14 evil from among you.


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