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Moral and Ceremonial Laws

22:16 39 “If a man seduces a virgin40 who is not engaged41 and has sexual relations with her, he must surely endow42 her to be his wife. 22:17 If her father refuses to give her to him, he must pay money for the bride price of virgins.

22:18 “You must not allow a sorceress to live.43

22:19 “Whoever has sexual relations44 with a beast must surely be put to death.

22:20 “Whoever sacrifices to a god other than the Lord45 alone must be utterly destroyed.46

22:21 “You must not wrong47 a foreigner48 nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.

22:22 “You must not afflict49 any widow or orphan. 22:23 If you afflict them50 in any way51 and they cry to me, I will surely hear52 their cry, 22:24 and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless.53

22:25 “If you lend money to any of54 my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender55 to him; do not charge56 him interest.57 22:26 If you do take58 the garment of your neighbor in pledge, you must return it to him by the time the sun goes down,59 22:27 for it is his only covering—it is his garment for his body.60 What else can he sleep in?61 And62 when he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am gracious.

22:28 “You must not blaspheme63 God64 or curse the ruler of your people.

22:29 “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats.65 You must give me the firstborn of your sons. 22:30 You must also do this for your oxen and for your sheep; seven days they may remain with their mothers, but give them to me on the eighth day.

22:31 “You will be holy66 people to me; you must not eat any meat torn by animals in the field.67 You must throw it to the dogs.


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