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Respect for Human Dignity

24:8 Be careful during an outbreak of leprosy to follow precisely15 all that the Levitical priests instruct you; as I have commanded them, so you should do. 24:9 Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam16 along the way after you left Egypt.

24:10 When you make any kind of loan to your neighbor, you may not go into his house to claim what he is offering as security.17 24:11 You must stand outside and the person to whom you are making the loan will bring out to you what he is offering as security.18 24:12 If the person is poor you may not use what he gives you as security for a covering.19 24:13 You must by all means20 return to him at sunset the item he gave you as security so that he may sleep in his outer garment and bless you for it; it will be considered a just21 deed by the Lord your God.

24:14 You must not oppress a lowly and poor servant, whether one from among your fellow Israelites22 or from the resident foreigners who are living in your land and villages.23 24:15 You must pay his wage that very day before the sun sets, for he is poor and his life depends on it. Otherwise he will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

24:16 Fathers must not be put to death for what their children24 do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin.

24:17 You must not pervert justice due a resident foreigner or an orphan, or take a widow’s garment as security for a loan. 24:18 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I am commanding you to do all this. 24:19 Whenever you reap your harvest in your field and leave some unraked grain there,25 you must not return to get it; it should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow so that the Lord your God may bless all the work you do.26 24:20 When you beat your olive tree you must not repeat the procedure;27 the remaining olives belong to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow. 24:21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard you must not do so a second time;28 they should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow. 24:22 Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt; therefore, I am commanding you to do all this.

25:1 If controversy arises between people,1 they should go to court for judgment. When the judges2 hear the case, they shall exonerate3 the innocent but condemn4 the guilty. 25:2 Then,5 if the guilty person is sentenced to a beating,6 the judge shall force him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of blows his wicked behavior deserves.7 25:3 The judge8 may sentence him to forty blows,9 but no more. If he is struck with more than these, you might view your fellow Israelite10 with contempt.

25:4 You must not muzzle your11 ox when it is treading grain.


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