1611 King James Bible

Deuteronomy 21

The expiation of an uncertain murder.

Deuteronomy 21:1 If [one] bee found slaine in the lande, which the LORD thy God giueth thee to possesse it, lying in the fielde, [and] it bee not knowen who hath slaine him: Deuteronomy 21:2 Then thy Elders and thy Iudges shall come forth, and they shall measure vnto the cities which [are] round about him that is slaine. Deuteronomy 21:3 And it shall be that the citie which is next vnto the slaine man, euen the Elders of that citie shall take an heifer which hath not bene wrought with, [and] which hath not drawen in the yoke. Deuteronomy 21:4 And the Elders of that citie shall bring downe the heifer vnto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sowen, and shall strike off the heifers necke there in the valley. Deuteronomy 21:5 And the Priests the sonnes of Leui shall come neere (for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister vnto him, and to blesse in the Name of the LORD:) and by their worde shall euery controuersie and euery stroke bee [tried]. Deuteronomy 21:6 And all the Elders of that city that are next vnto the slaine man, shal wash their hands ouer the heifer that is beheaded in the valley. Deuteronomy 21:7 And they shall answere, and say, Our hands haue not shedde this blood, neither haue our eyes seene [it]. Deuteronomy 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, vnto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood vnto thy people of Israels charge, and the blood shall be forgiuen them. Deuteronomy 21:9 So shalt thou put away the [guilt of] innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

The usage of a captive taken to wife.

Deuteronomy 21:10 When thou goest forth to warre against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath deliuered them into thine hands, & thou hast taken them captiue, Deuteronomy 21:11 And seest among the captiues a beautifull woman, and hast a desire vnto her, that thou wouldest haue her to thy wife: Deuteronomy 21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and shee shall shaue her head, and pare her nailes. Deuteronomy 21:13 And shee shall put the raiment of her captiuitie from off her, and shall remaine in thine house, and bewaile her father and her mother a full moneth: and after that, thou shalt go in vnto her and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. Deuteronomy 21:14 And it shall be if thou haue no delight in her, then thou shalt let her goe whither she will, but thou shalt not sell her at al for money, thou shalt not make merchandize of her, because thou hast humbled her.

The firstborn is not to be disinherited upon private affection.

Deuteronomy 21:15 If a man haue two wiues, one beloued and another hated, and they haue borne him children, [both] the beloned, and the hated: and if the first borne sonne be hers that was hated: Deuteronomy 21:16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sonnes to inherite that which hee hath, that he may not make the sonne of the beloued, first borne, before the sonne of the hated, [which is] indeed the first borne: Deuteronomy 21:17 But hee shall acknowledge the sonne of the hated for the first borne, by giuing him a double portion of all that hee hath: for hee is the beginning of his strength; the right of the first borne is his.

A stubborn son is to be stoned to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man haue a stubborne and rebellious sonne, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that when they haue chastened him, wil not hearken vnto them: Deuteronomy 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out vnto the Elders of his citie, and vnto the gate of his place: Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say vnto the Elders of his citie, This our sonne [is] stubborne, and rebellious, hee will not obey our voice: he [is] a glutton, & a drunkard. Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that hee die: so shalt thou put euill away from among you, and all Israel shall heare, & feare.

The malefactor must not hang all night of a tree.

Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man haue committed a sinne worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remaine all night vpon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day: for he that is hanged, is accursed of God: that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giueth thee for an inheritance.

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