|Deuteronomy 22 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "You will not see your brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself from them; you will always bring them again to your brother.
2 And if your brother is not near to you, or if you do not know him, then you will bring the stray animal to your own house, and it shall be with you until your brother comes seeking it, and then you will restore it to him again.
3 You will do the same with his ass, with his clothing, and with all things of your brother's that he has lost and you have found; you may not ignore him.
4 You must not see your brother's ass or his ox fall down by the road and ignore them, but you will surely help him to lift them up again.
5 The woman shall not wear what pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for all that do so are abomination to the LORD your God.
6 If a bird's nest happens to be before you in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they are young ones, or eggs, and the mother is sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, you will not take the mother with the eggs or the young;
7 But you will always let the mother go when taking the young to you; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.
8 When you build a new house, then you will make parapet a low wall around the edge of your roof to prevent a man from falling off and bringing blood upon your house.
9 You will not sow your vineyard with different kind of seeds to prevent the fruit of your seed which you have sown, and the fruit of your vineyard, from being defiled.
10 You will not plow with an ox and an ass yoked together.
11 You will not wear a garment of several types of cloth, such as wool and linen together.
12 You will make you fringes upon the four corners of your cloak with which you cover yourself.
13 If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and then scorns her,
14 And speaks on occasion against her, causing her to have an evil reputation, and saying, 'I took this woman and when I came to her, I found her to not be a virgin;'
15 Then the father and mother of the young woman will take and bring forth the evidence of the young woman's virginity to the elders of the city in the gate:
16 And the young woman's father shall say to the elders, 'I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her;
17 And, lo, he has given occasions of speech against her, saying, "I found your daughter to not be a virgin," and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity.' And they will spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 And the elders of that city will take that man and chastise him;
19 And they will fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give the silver to the father of the damsel because he has brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel, and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
20 But if the charge is true, and the tokens of virginity are not found for the damsel,
21 Then they will bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones to her death because she has made a great error in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house; and so shall you put evil away from among you.
22 If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they will both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so shall you put away evil from Israel.
23 If a virgin woman is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her;
24 Then you will bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you will stone them with stones so that they die; the virgin, because she did not cry out for help in the city; and the man because he has humbled his neighbor's wife; so you will put away evil from among you.
25 But if a man finds a betrothed woman in the field, and the man forces her to lie with him, then only the man that laid with her shall die.
26 But you will do nothing to the woman; there is no sin in the woman worthy of death for this is the equivalent of a man rising against his neighbor and slaying him;
27 For he found her in the field, the betrothed woman cried, and there was no one there to save her.
28 If a man finds a woman who is a virgin but who is not betrothed, and seizes her, lies with her, and they are discovered;
29 Then the man that lay with her shall give to the woman's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife because he has defiled her; he may not put her away all his days.1
30 A man shall not take his father's wife, nor uncover the skirt [of the woman] that belongs to his father.
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1 In George Fox's Letter 264, Concerning Marriage, he writes:
And if any man should defile a woman, he must marry her, if she be a beggar, even though he is rich in earthly things; for he must fulfill the law of God, for the law of God commands that he must marry her, and condemn his action, and clear God's truth. But no such marriages, where the bed is defiled, do we bring into our men and women's meetings; but some Friends (if such a thing happens) draw up a certificate, and they to set their hands to it, that they will live faithfully together as man and wife, and fulfill the law of God.
And this I write, if ever such a thing should happen; but I hope that Friends will be careful, and keep in the fear of the Lord, that they may have an esteem of the Lord's truth, and their own bodies, and of the honorable marriage, where the bed is undefiled.
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