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Deuteronomy 21

The expiation of an uncertain murder.

Deuteronomy 21:1 If one be founde slaine in the lande, which the Lord thy God giueth thee to possesse it, lying in the field, & it is not knowe who hath slaine him, Deuteronomy 21:2 Then thine Elders & thy Iudges shal come forth, and measure vnto the cities that are round about him that is slayne. Deuteronomy 21:3 Aud let ye Elders of that citie, which is next vnto the slaine man, take out of the droue an heifer that hath not bene put to labour, nor hath drawen in the yoke. Deuteronomy 21:4 And let the Elders of that citie bring the heifer vnto a stonie valley, which is neyther eared nor sowen, and strike off the heifers necke there in the valley. Deuteronomy 21:5 Also the Priests the sonnes of Leui (whom the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister, & to blesse in the name of the Lorde) shal come forth, & by their word shal all strife & plague be tried. Deuteronomy 21:6 And all the Elders of that citie that came neere to the slayne man, shal wash their hands ouer the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: Deuteronomy 21:7 And shal testifie, and say, Our handes haue not shed this blood, neither haue our eies seene it. Deuteronomy 21:8 O Lord, be mercifull vnto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay no innocent blood to the charge of thy people Israel, and the blood shalbe forgiuen them. Deuteronomy 21:9 So shalt thou take away the cry of innocet blood from thee, 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 Whe thou shalt go to warre against thine enemies, & the Lord thy God shal deliuer them into thine hands, & thou shalt take the captiues, Deuteronomy 21:11 And shalt see among the captiues a beautifull woman, and hast a desire vnto her, & wouldest take her to thy wife, Deuteronomy 21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shal shaue her head, and pare her nayles, Deuteronomy 21:13 And she shal put off the garment that shee was taken in, and she shal remaine in thine house, and bewaile her father & her mother a moneth long: and after that shalt thou go in vnto her, & marry her, and she shalbe thy wife. Deuteronomy 21:14 And if thou haue no fauour vnto her, then thou mayest let her go whither she will, but thou shalt not sell her for money, nor make marchandise 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 loued and another hated, and they haue borne him children, both the loued and also the hated: if the first borne be the sonne of the hated, Deuteronomy 21:16 Then when the time commeth, that hee appointeth his sonnes to be heires of that which he hath, he may not make the sonne of the beloued first borne before the sonne of the hated, which is the first borne: Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the sonne of the hated for the first borne, and giue him double portion of all that he hath: for hee is the first of his strength, and to him belongeth the right of the first borne.

A stubborn son is to be stoned to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18 If any man haue a sonne that is stubburne and disobedient, which wil not hearken vnto the voice of his father, nor the voyce of his mother, and they haue chastened him, and he would not obey them, Deuteronomy 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother take him, & bring him out vnto the Elders of his citie, & vnto the gate of the place where he dwelleth, Deuteronomy 21:20 And shall say vnto the Elders of his citie, This our sonne is stubburne and disobedient, and he wil not obey our admonition: he is a ryotour, and a drunkard. Deuteronomy 21:21 Then all the men of his citie shall stone him with stones vnto death: so thou shalt take away euill from among you, that all Israel may heare it, and feare.

The malefactor must not hang all night of a tree.

Deuteronomy 21:22 If a man also haue committed a trespasse worthy of death, and is put to death, & thou hangest him on a tree, Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shal not remaine all night vpon the tree, but thou shalt bury him the same day: for the curse of God is on him that is hanged. Defile not therfore thy land which the Lord thy God giueth thee to inherite.

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