Deuteronomy 21
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Atonement for an Unsolved Murder

1If one be founde slaine in the lande, which the Lord thy God giueth thee to possesse it, lying in the field, & it is not knowe who hath slaine him, 2Then thine Elders & thy Iudges shal come forth, and measure vnto the cities that are round about him that is slayne. 3Aud let ye Elders of that citie, which is next vnto the slaine man, take out of the droue an heifer that hath not bene put to labour, nor hath drawen in the yoke. 4And let the Elders of that citie bring the heifer vnto a stonie valley, which is neyther eared nor sowen, and strike off the heifers necke there in the valley. 5Also the Priests the sonnes of Leui (whom the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister, & to blesse in the name of the Lorde) shal come forth, & by their word shal all strife & plague be tried. 6And all the Elders of that citie that came neere to the slayne man, shal wash their hands ouer the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: 7And shal testifie, and say, Our handes haue not shed this blood, neither haue our eies seene it. 8O Lord, be mercifull vnto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay no innocent blood to the charge of thy people Israel, and the blood shalbe forgiuen them. 9So shalt thou take away the cry of innocet blood from thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

Marrying a Captive Woman

10Whe thou shalt go to warre against thine enemies, & the Lord thy God shal deliuer them into thine hands, & thou shalt take the captiues, 11And shalt see among the captiues a beautifull woman, and hast a desire vnto her, & wouldest take her to thy wife, 12Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shal shaue her head, and pare her nayles, 13And she shal put off the garment that shee was taken in, and she shal remaine in thine house, and bewaile her father & her mother a moneth long: and after that shalt thou go in vnto her, & marry her, and she shalbe thy wife. 14And if thou haue no fauour vnto her, then thou mayest let her go whither she will, but thou shalt not sell her for money, nor make marchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

Inheritance Rights of the Firstborn

15If a man haue two wiues, one loued and another hated, and they haue borne him children, both the loued and also the hated: if the first borne be the sonne of the hated, 16Then when the time commeth, that hee appointeth his sonnes to be heires of that which he hath, he may not make the sonne of the beloued first borne before the sonne of the hated, which is the first borne: 17But he shall acknowledge the sonne of the hated for the first borne, and giue him double portion of all that he hath: for hee is the first of his strength, and to him belongeth the right of the first borne.

A Rebellious Son
(Luke 15:11–32)

18If any man haue a sonne that is stubburne and disobedient, which wil not hearken vnto the voice of his father, nor the voyce of his mother, and they haue chastened him, and he would not obey them, 19Then shall his father and his mother take him, & bring him out vnto the Elders of his citie, & vnto the gate of the place where he dwelleth, 20And shall say vnto the Elders of his citie, This our sonne is stubburne and disobedient, and he wil not obey our admonition: he is a ryotour, and a drunkard. 21Then all the men of his citie shall stone him with stones vnto death: so thou shalt take away euill from among you, that all Israel may heare it, and feare.

Cursed Is Anyone Hung on a Tree

22If a man also haue committed a trespasse worthy of death, and is put to death, & thou hangest him on a tree, 23His body shal not remaine all night vpon the tree, but thou shalt bury him the same day: for the curse of God is on him that is hanged. Defile not therfore thy land which the Lord thy God giueth thee to inherite.

Geneva Bible of 1587

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Deuteronomy 20
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