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Deuteronomy 22

Of humanity toward brethren.

Deuteronomy 22:1 Thou shalt not see thy brothers oxe nor his sheepe go astray, & withdraw thy selfe from them, but shalt bring the againe vnto thy brother. Deuteronomy 22:2 And if thy brother bee not neere vnto thee, or if thou knowe him not, then thou shalt bring it into thine house, and it shal remaine with thee, vntill thy brother seeke after it: then shalt thou deliuer it to him againe. Deuteronomy 22:3 In like maner shalt thou do with his asse, and so shalt thou do with his rayment, & shalt so doe with all lost things of thy brother, which he hath lost: if thou hast found them, thou shalt not withdraw thy selfe from them.

Deuteronomy 22:4 Thou shalt not see thy brothers asse nor his oxe fal downe by the way, and withdrawe thy selfe from them, but shalt lift them vp with him.

The sex is to be distinguished by apparel.

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shal not weare that which perteineth vnto the man, neither shal a man put on womans rayment: for all that doe so, are abomination vnto the Lord thy God.

The dam is not to be taken with her young ones.

Deuteronomy 22:6 If thou finde a birdes nest in the way, in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be yong or egges, and the damme sitting vpon the yong, or vpon the egges, thou shalt not take ye damme with the yong, Deuteronomy 22:7 But shalt in any wise let the damme go, & take the yong to thee, that thou mayest prosper and prolong thy dayes.

The house must have battlements.

Deuteronomy 22:8 When thou buildest a newe house, thou shalt make a battlemet on thy roofe, that thou lay not blood vpo thine house, if any man fal thence.

Confusion is to be avoided.

Deuteronomy 22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with diuers kinds of seedes, lest thou defile the increase of the seede which thou hast sowen, & the fruite of the vineyarde.

Deuteronomy 22:10 Thou shalt not plow with an oxe and an asse together.

Deuteronomy 22:11 Thou shalt not weare a garment of diuers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Fringes upon the vesture.

Deuteronomy 22:12 Thou shalt make thee fringes vpon the foure quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou couerest thy selfe.

The punishment of him that slandereth his wife.

Deuteronomy 22:13 If a man take a wife, and when he hath lyen with her, hate her, Deuteronomy 22:14 And laye slaunderous thinges vnto her charge, and bring vp an euill name vpon her, and say, I tooke this wife, and when I came to her, I found her not a mayde, Deuteronomy 22:15 Then shal the father of the mayde and her mother take and bring the signes of the maydes virginitie vnto the Elders of the citie to the gate. Deuteronomy 22:16 And the maydes father shall say vnto the Elders, I gaue my daughter vnto this man to wife, and he hateth her: Deuteronomy 22:17 And lo, he layeth slaunderous things vnto her charge, saying, I founde not thy daughter a mayde: loe, these are the tokens of my daughters virginitie: and they shal spreade the vesture before the Elders of the citie. Deuteronomy 22:18 Then the Elders of the citie shal take that man and chastise him, Deuteronomy 22:19 And shall condemne him in an hundreth shekels of siluer, & giue them vnto the father of the mayde, because he hath brought vp an euill name vpon a mayde of Israel: and she shalbe his wife, and he may not put her away all his life.

Of adultery,

Deuteronomy 22:20 But if this thing be true, that the mayde be not found a virgine, Deuteronomy 22:21 Then shall they bring forth the mayde to the doore of her fathers house, & the men of her citie shal stone her with stones to death: for shee hath wrought follie in Israel, by playing ye whore in her fathers house: so thou shalt put euill away from among you.

Deuteronomy 22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman marryed to a man, then they shall dye euen both twaine: to wit, the man that lay with the wife, & the wife: so thou shalt put away euil from Israel.

Deuteronomy 22:23 If a maid be betrothed vnto an husband, & a man finde her in the towne & lye with her, Deuteronomy 22:24 Then shall yee bring them both out vnto the gates of the same citie, and shall stone them with stones to death: the mayde because she cried not, being in the citie, & the man, because he hath humbled his neighbours wife: so thou shalt put away euill from among you.

of rape,

Deuteronomy 22:25 But if a man finde a betrothed mayde in the field, and force her, and lye with her, then the man that lay with her, shal dye alone: Deuteronomy 22:26 And vnto the mayd thou shalt do nothing, because there is in the mayde no cause of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour & woundeth him to death, so is this matter. Deuteronomy 22:27 For he found her in the fieldes: the betrothed mayde cryed, and there was no man to succour her.

and of fornication.

Deuteronomy 22:28 If a man finde a mayde that is not betrothed, and take her, and lye with her, and they be founde, Deuteronomy 22:29 Then the man that lay with her, shall giue vnto the maydes father fiftie shekels of siluer: and she shalbe his wife, because he hath humbled her: he can not put her away all his life.


Deuteronomy 22:30 No man shal take his fathers wife, nor shall vncouer his fathers skirt.

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