Matthew Bible

Deuteronomy 21

The expiation of an uncertain murder.

Deuteronomy 21:1 If one be founde slaine in the land whych the Lorde thy God geueth the to possesse it, and lyeth in the feeldes: & not knowne who hath slayne hym: Deuteronomy 21:2 Then let thyne elders and thy iudges come forth, and mete vnto the cytyes þt are round about the slayne. Deuteronomy 21:3 And let the elders of that citie which is next vnto þe slayne man, take an heyffer that is not laboured wt nor hath drawen in the yocke, Deuteronomy 21:4 and let them brynge her vnto a valeye where is nether earyng nor sowynge, and strike of her head there in the valeye. Deuteronomy 21:5 Then let the preastes the sonnes of Leui come forth for the Lord thy God hath chosen them to ministre & to blesse in the name of the Lord, and therfore at their mouth shal al strife and plage be tryed. Deuteronomy 21:6 And al the elders of the citie that is nexte to þe slayne man shal washe their handes ouer the heyffer that is be headed in the playne, Deuteronomy 21:7 & shall answere and saye: oure handes haue not shed this bloude nether haue oure eyes sene it. Deuteronomy 21:8 Be mercifull Lord vnto thy people Israell whyche þu hast delyuered and put not innocent bloude vnto thy people Israel: and the bloude shalbe forgeuen them. Deuteronomy 21:9 And so shalt thou put innocent bloud from the, when thou shalt haue done þt which is ryght in the syght of the Lord.

The usage of a captive taken to wife.

Deuteronomy 21:10 When thou goest to warre against thyne enemyes & the Lord thy God hath deliuered them into thyne handes & thou hast take them captyue, Deuteronomy 21:11 and seyst amonge the captyues a bewtyful woman & hast a fantasye vnto her that thou woldest haue her to thy wyfe. Deuteronomy 21:12 Then bryng her home to thine house and let her shaue her head & pare her nayles Deuteronomy 21:13 & put her raiment that she was taken in from her, and let her remaine in thine house & bewepe her father and her mother a moneth longe & after þt go in vnto her, & marie her & let her be thy wyfe. Deuteronomy 21:14 And yf thou haue no fauoure vnto her, then let her go whether she lusteth: for thou mayest not sell her for moneye nor make cheuesaunce of her, because thou haste humbled her.

The firstborn is not to be disinherited upon private affection.

Deuteronomy 21:15 If a man haue two wyues, one loued & another hated, and they haue borne him children, both the loued & also the hated. Deuteronomy 21:16 If the firstborne be the sonne of þe hated: then when he dealeth his goodes among his chyldren, he may not make the sonne of the beloued fyrstborne before the sonne of the hated whych is in dead the fyrstborne: Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shal know the sonne of þe hated for his firstborne þt he geue him dowble of al that he hath. For he is the fyrst of his strength, and to hym belongeth the ryght of the fyrstborne shyppe.

A stubborn son is to be stoned to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18 Yf any man haue a sonne that is stubburne & disobedient, that he wyl not herken vnto þe voyce of hys father & voyce of his mother, & they haue taught him nurtour, but he wolde not herken vnto them: Deuteronomy 21:19 Then let his father & his mother take him and bring him out vnto the elders of that citie and vnto the gate of that same place, Deuteronomy 21:20 & say vnto the elders of the citie, This our sonne is stubburne and dysobedient and wyl not herken vnto oure voyce, he is a ryoter and a dronckarde. Deuteronomy 21:21 Then let al þe men of that citie stone him with stons vnto death And thou shalt put euell awaye from the, & all Israel shall heare & feare.

The malefactor must not hang all night of a tree.

Deuteronomy 21:22 If a man haue committed a trespace worthy of death & is put to death for it and hanged on tre: Deuteronomy 21:23 let not hys body remayne al nyghte vpon the treee, but burye hym the same daye, For the curse of God is on him that is hanged. Defile not thy lande therefore, whyche the Lorde thy God geueth the to enheret.

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