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Deuteronomy 21

The expiation of an uncertain murder.

Deuteronomy 21:1 If [one] shall be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, [and] it be not known who hath slain him: Deuteronomy 21:2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which [are] around him that is slain: Deuteronomy 21:3 And it shall be [that] the city [which is] next to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer which hath not been wrought with, [and] which hath not drawn in the yoke; Deuteronomy 21:4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a rough valley, which is neither tilled nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley; Deuteronomy 21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near (for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of the LORD) and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be [tried]; Deuteronomy 21:6 And all the elders of that city [that are] next to the slain [man], shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: Deuteronomy 21:7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen [it]. Deuteronomy 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, to thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood to the charge of thy people Israel. And the blood shall be forgiven them. Deuteronomy 21:9 So shalt thou remove 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 war against thy enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thy hands, and thou hast taken them captive, Deuteronomy 21:11 And [thou] seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire to her, that thou wouldest have her for thy wife: Deuteronomy 21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thy house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails: Deuteronomy 21:13 And she shall put off from her the raiment of her captivity, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that, thou shalt go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. Deuteronomy 21:14 And it shall be, if thou shalt have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money; thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

The firstborn is not to be disinherited upon private affection.

Deuteronomy 21:15 If a man shall have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have borne him children, [both] the beloved and the hated; and [if] the first-born son be hers that was hated: Deuteronomy 21:16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit [that] which he hath, [that] he may not prefer the son of the beloved first-born, before the son of the hated, [which is indeed] the first-born: Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated [for] the first-born, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he [is] the beginning of his strength; the right of the first-born [is] his.

A stubborn son is to be stoned to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man shall have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [who], when they have chastened him, will not hearken to them: Deuteronomy 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place; Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard. Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he may die: so shalt thou remove evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

The malefactor must not hang all night of a tree.

Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man shall have committed a sin worthy of death, and he must be put to death, and thou shalt hang him on a tree: Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land may not be defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.

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