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Deuteronomy 24

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 1 [Moses speaking]. "When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it comes to pass that she does not find favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her; then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

 2 And when she has departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

 3 And if the latter husband hates her, and writes her a bill of divorcement, and gives it in her hand, and sends her out of his house; or if the latter husband dies, which took her to be his wife;

 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she has been defiled for that is abomination before the LORD; and you will not cause the land to sin, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance.

 5 When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business; but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he has taken.

 6 No man shall take a mill or the upper millstone as security to a loan for that is taking a man's [means to] life as security.

 7 If a man is found stealing any of his brothers of the children of Israel, and if he ransoms him or sells him; then that thief shall die, and you will put evil away from among you.

 8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you; as I have commanded them, so you will observe to do.

 9 Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam by the way, after had come out of Egypt.

 10 When you lend your brother anything, you will not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

 11 You will stand abroad, and the man to whom you do lend shall bring out the pledge abroad to you.

 12 And if the man is poor, you will not keep his pledge overnight.

 13 You will deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes down, so that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless you; and it shall be righteousness to you before the LORD your God.

 14 You will not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is of your brothers, or of your strangers who are in your land within your gates.

 15 You will give him his wages on the day he earns them, neither let the sun go down without payment. Because he is poor and sets his heart upon his wages, he might cry against you to the LORD, and it be counted a sin to you.

 16 The fathers will not be put to death for the children, neither will the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

 17 You will not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's garment for security;

 18 But you will remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you there; therefore I command you to do this thing.

 19 When you cut down your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you will not go again to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

 20 When you beat your olive tree, you will not go over the branches again; [the remaining olives] it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you will not go over it a second time afterwards; the remainder shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

 22 And you will remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this thing."


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