|Deuteronomy 25 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "If there is a controversy between men, and they come to judgment for the judges to judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.
2 And it shall be, if the wicked man is worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.
3 He may give him forty stripes, but he may not exceed that number: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.
4 You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the corn.
5 If brothers have dwelled together, and one of them dies and had no child, the wife of the dead man shall not marry outside [the family] to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her, and take her to himself as his wife, which is to perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.
6 And it shall be that the firstborn that she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother who is dead, so that his name is not blotted out of Israel.
7 And if the man refuses to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to raise up to his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.'
8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand to it, and says, 'I do not want to take her;'
9 Then shall his brother's wife come to him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, 'So shall it be done to that man that will not build up his brother's house.'
10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him who has his shoe loosed.
11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to assist her husband out of the hand of him who smites him, and if she reaches out and grabs him by his private parts;
12 Then you shall cut off her hand, and your eye shall have no pity for her.
13 You shall not have in your bag different weights, a heavy one and a lighter one [used to cheat].
14 You shall not have in your house different measures, a larger one and a smaller one [used to cheat].
15 But you shall have a perfect and just weight and a perfect and just measure so that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God.
17 Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you were come forth out of Egypt;
18 How he met you by the way, and smote the rear most of you, even all that were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God.
19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it."
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