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Deuteronomy 24

Of divorce.

Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife and maried her, if she finde no fauour in his eyes, because he hath spyed some vncleannes in her: then let hym wryte her a byll of deuorcement, and put it in her hande, and sende her out of his house: Deuteronomy 24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, let her go and be another mans wyfe. Deuteronomy 24:3 And if the seconde husbande hate her, let him write her also a letter of deuorcement, and put it in her hande, and sende her out of his house: Or if the seconde man dye whiche toke her to wyfe, Deuteronomy 24:4 Her first man whiche sent her away, may not take her agayne to be his wyfe after that she is defiled: For that is abhomination in the sight of the Lorde, and thou shalt not cause the lande to sinne, whiche the Lorde thy God shall geue thee to inherite.

A new married man goeth not to war.

Deuteronomy 24:5 When a man taketh a newe wyfe, he shall not go a warfare, neither shalbe charged with any businesse: but shalbe free at home one yere, and reioyce with his wyfe whiche he hath taken.

Of pledges.

Deuteronomy 24:6 No man shall take the neather or the vpper mylstone to pledge: for then he shall hurt a mans life.

Of manstealers.

Deuteronomy 24:7 If any man be founde stealing any of his brethren the chyldren of Israel, and abuseth hym, or selleth hym: the thiefe shall dye, and thou shalt put euill away from the middest of thee.

Of leprosy.

Deuteronomy 24:8 Take heede to thy selfe as concerning the plague of leprosie, that thou obserue diligently, and ye shall do according to all that the priestes the Leuites shall teache you: euen as I commaunded them, so ye shall obserue to do. Deuteronomy 24:9 Remember what the Lorde thy God dyd vnto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come out of Egypt.

Of pledges.

Deuteronomy 24:10 When thou doest lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetche a pledge from thence: Deuteronomy 24:11 But shalt stande without, and the man that borowed it of thee, shall bring the pledge out of the doores vnto thee. Deuteronomy 24:12 Furthermore, if it be a poore body, thou shalt not sleepe with his pledge: Deuteronomy 24:13 But deliuer hym the pledge agayne when the sunne goeth downe, that he may sleepe in his owne raiment, & blesse thee: And it shalbe righteousnes vnto thee before the Lorde thy Lorde.

The hire is to be given.

Deuteronomy 24:14 Thou shalt not oppresse an hyred seruaunt that is needie and poore, whether he be of thy brethre, or of the straungers that are in thy lande within thy gates: Deuteronomy 24:15 But shalt geue him his hyre the same day, & let not the sunne go downe theron, for he is needie, and therwith sustayneth his life: lest he crye against thee vnto the Lorde, and it be sinne vnto thee.

Of justice.

Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the chyldren, nor the chyldren for the fathers: but euery man shalbe put to death for his owne sinne.

Deuteronomy 24:17 Thou shalt not peruert the ryght of the strauger, nor of the fatherlesse, nor take a wydowes rayment to pledge: Deuteronomy 24:18 But remember that thou wast a seruaunt in Egypt, and howe the Lorde thy God deliuered thee thence: And therfore I commaunde thee to do this thyng.

Of charity.

Deuteronomy 24:19 When thou cuttest downe thyne haruest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheafe in the fielde, thou shalt not go agayne to set it: But it shalbe for the straunger, the fatherlesse, and the wydowe: that the Lorde thy God may blesse thee in all the workes of thyne hande. Deuteronomy 24:20 When thou beatest downe thine oliue tree, thou shalt not search ye boughes agayne, to gather vp that thou leftest behinde thee: but it shalbe for the strauger, the fatherlesse, and the wydowe. Deuteronomy 24:21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyarde, thou shalt not gather the grapes cleane after thee: but leaue them for the straunger, the fatherlesse, and the wydowe. Deuteronomy 24:22 And remember that thou also wast a seruaunt in the lande of Egypt: & therfore I comaunde thee to do this thing.

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