Book 5: Deuteronomy


Chapter 21

Verse 10: If you should go to war against your enemies, and Ad-noy, your G-d, puts them in your hand, and you capture prisoners from them;

Verse 11: And you see among the prisoners a beautifully formed woman; if you desire her, you may take her as your wife.

Verse 12: You will bring her into your house and she will shave her head and allow her nails to grow.

Verse 13: She must discard her prisoner's garb from upon her, and she will remain in your home and weep for her father and her mother a month of days; and afterwards you may come to her and consummate with her, and she will become your wife.

Verse 14: But it shall come to pass, that if you do not desire her you will send her free, but to sell--- you may not sell her for money; you may not exploit her since you have oppressed her.

Verse 15: If a man has two wives, one loved and the other hated, and they bear him sons, the loved [one] and the hated [one], and the firstborn son will be the hated one's.

Verse 16: When the day comes for him to will to his sons what he owns, he may not prefer the son of the loved one over the son of the hated one--- the firstborn.

Verse 17: Rather, the firstborn son of the hated one is he to recognize to give him doublefold of all that he possesses; for he is the first of his power, he has the rights of primogeniture.

Verse 18: If a man has a wayward and rebellious son who does not obey his father and his mother; though they chasten him; he does not listen to them.

Verse 19: His father and mother are to grasp him and take him out to the judges of his city and to the court in his location.

Verse 20: They will say to the judges of his city, "This son of ours is wayward and rebellious--- he does not obey--- gluttonous and drunken."

Verse 21: And all the men of his city will stone him with stones so that he dies, and you will eliminate the evil within you; and let all Yisroel hear and be fearful.

Sheini (Second Aliyah)

Verse 22: If a man is guilty of a capital offense and is executed; you shall hang him from a tree.

Verse 23: Do not leave his corpse overnight on the tree, but you are surely to bury him on that day, for a hanging corpse is an affront to G-d; so do not defile your land that Ad-noy, your G-d, is giving you as territory.

Chapter 22

Verse 1: You may not observe your brother's ox or his sheep lost and conceal yourself from them; you must surely return them to your brother.

Verse 2: But if your brother is not near you or you do not know him, gather it into your house and let it stay with you until your brother seeks it, when you must return it to him.

Verse 3: And so are you to do for his donkey, and so are you to do for his garment, and so are you to do for any lost object of your brother's that is lost from him which you find. You may not conceal yourself.

Verse 4: Do not observe your brother's donkey or his ox collapsing on the road and ignore them. You must surely lift it up with him.

Verse 5: A man's attire may not to be on a woman nor may a man wear a woman's garment; for the abomination of Ad-noy, your G-d, are all who do these [things].

Verse 6: If you should chance upon a bird's nest before you on the road in any tree, or on the ground, [with] fledglings or eggs, and the mother is sitting on the fledglings or on the eggs; do not take the mother with her offspring.

Verse 7: You must surely send away the mother and the offspring take for yourself, so that you will benefit and you will live long.

Sh'lishi (Third Aliyah)

Verse 8: When you build a new home, you are to make a fence for your roof; and do not place blood [liability] in your house, for someone who should fall may fall from it.

Verse 9: Do not plant in your vineyard mixed species, lest the expansion becomes obnoxious--- the seed that you plant--- and the produce of the vineyard.

Verse 10: You may not plow with an ox and with a donkey together.

Verse 11: Do not don a mixture of threads, wool and flax together.

Verse 12: Make yourself pendant threads upon four corners of your garment that you cover with.

Verse 13: If a man marries a woman, and he has relations with her and hates her.

Verse 14: Then berates her with calumnies and alleges defamation about her, and he claims, "I married this woman and was intimate with her, and did not find signs of her virginity."

Verse 15: The girl's father and mother will take and will prove the girl's virginity to the city judges in the court.

Verse 16: The girl's father should assert to the judges, "My daughter did I marry to this man as a wife and he hates her.

Verse 17: Look! He has promulgated libelous words, claiming 'I did not find signs of your daughter's virginity.' But this is [the proof of] my daughter's virginity." And let them spread the cloth before the city judges.

Verse 18: The judges of that city will take the man and will chastise him.

Verse 19: And they will fine him one hundred silver [shekels] and give [them] to the girl's father, because he defamed a virgin of Yisroel; and she shall remain his wife, he may not divorce her all his life.

Verse 20: However, if the allegation is true; signs of the girl's virginity were not found.

Verse 21: They are to take the girl out to the entrance of her father's home and the people of her city will stone her with stones to death, because she committed a disgraceful act against Yisroel by behaving promiscuously [in] her father's house; and you will eliminate the evil within you.

Verse 22: If a man is found having intercourse with a woman who is the wife of a man, even both of them shall die--- the man who had intercourse with the woman and the woman--- and you will eliminate the evil from Yisroel.

Verse 23: If there will be a virgin girl married to a man, and a man encounters her in the city and has intercourse with her,

Verse 24: You are to take them both out to the court of that city and stone them with stones to death, the girl for the fact that she did not scream in the city and the man for the fact that he oppressed the wife of his peer; and you will eliminate the evil within you.

Verse 25: But if in the field the man encounters the married girl, and the man holds her and had intercourse with her; then he shall die--- only the man who had intercourse with her.

Verse 26: But to the girl you will not do a thing, the girl has no death liability; for, just as if a man rises up against his peer and murders him, so is this matter.

Verse 27: For he encountered her in the field; the married girl screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.

Verse 28: If a man encounters a virgin girl who was not married and grabs her and has intercourse with her; and they are discovered.

Verse 29: The man who had intercourse with her must give to the girl's father fifty silver [shekels]; and she shall be his wife, since he oppressed her; he may not divorce her all his life.

Chapter 23

Verse 1: A man may not marry his father's wife, and may not expose the edge of his father's garment.

Verse 2: One may not enter--- with injured or crushed genitals or with a gash causing spilling--- into Ad-noy's community.

Verse 3: A base-born may not enter into Ad-noy's community, even his tenth generation may not enter into Ad-noy's community.

Verse 4: Neither an Ammonite nor a Moavite may enter into Ad-noy's community; even their tenth generation may not enter into Ad-noy's community forever.

Verse 5: Because of the matter that they did not greet you with bread and water on the way when you came out of Egypt; and because he hired against you Bilam son of Beor from Pesor in Aram Naharayim to curse you.

Verse 6: Ad-noy, your G-d, was unwilling to heed Bilam, and Ad-noy, your G-d, turned for you the curse into a blessing, because Ad-noy, your G-d, loved you.

Verse 7: Do not pursue their peace and their benefit all your life forever.

Revi'i (Fourth Aliyah)

Verse 8: Do not despise the Edomite, for he is your brother; do not despise the Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land.

Verse 9: Children who will be born to them, in the third generation, will enter into Ad-noy's community.

Verse 10: When you go out to encamp against your enemies take precautions from every evil thing.

Verse 11: If there is a man among you who is not undefiled [because of] a nocturnal incident; he must go out of the camp, he may not enter into the midst of the camp.

Verse 12: As sunset nears he is to immerse in water; and after the sun has set he may enter the the midst of the camp.

Verse 13: Have a designated place outside the camp, and you will go out there to excrete.

Verse 14: And a peg are you to have in addition to your weapons; when you need to sit to excrete dig with it, then use it again to cover your excrement.

Verse 15: For Ad-noy, your G-d, is moving within your camp to save you and to defeat your enemies before you, so your camp must be holy; let Him not see within you disgraceful objects lest He turn away from you.

Verse 16: Do not deliver a slave to his master, who escaped to you from his master.

Verse 17: With you will he live among you, in the place that he chooses in any of your cities, wherever it is good for him; do not distress him.

Verse 18: There is not to be a harlot from the daughters of Yisroel; and there shall not be a male prostitute from the sons of Yisroel.

Verse 19: Do not bring a harlot's fee or payment for a dog to the house of Ad-noy, your G-d, in fulfillment of any vow; because Ad-noy, your G-d's abominations are even both of them.

Verse 20: You may not pay usury to your brother, usury on money, usury on food; usury on any matter where it is paid.

Verse 21: You may pay usury to the stranger, but to your brother do not pay usury; in order that Ad-noy, your G-d, will bless you in all your commerce on the land that you are coming there to inherit.

Verse 22: If you make a vow to Ad-noy, your G-d, do not delay in discharging it; for Ad-noy, your G-d, will surely demand it from you, and you will be at fault.

Verse 23: But if you desist from vowing, no fault will be found with you.

Verse 24: Keep what you have articulated; and perform whatever you vow; to Ad-noy, your G-d, voluntarily--- whatever you say with your mouth.

Chamishi (Fifth Aliyah)

Verse 25: When you enter your fellow's vineyard, you may eat grapes as you desire, to your satisfaction; but you may not place it in your container.

Verse 26: When you enter your fellow's standing grainstalks, you may cut off stalks by hand, but do not lift a sickle over your fellow's standing grainstalks.

Chapter 24

Verse 1: If a man marries a woman and consummates with her; should she not find favor in his eyes because he found in her something lecherous, he is to write for her a document of severance and place [it] in her hand and send her from his home.

Verse 2: If she leaves his home and goes and becomes [wife] to another man,

Verse 3: If her last husband hates her and writes for her a document of severance and places [it] in her hand and sends her from his house, or if the latter man dies, who had taken her as his wife;

Verse 4: Her first husband who divorced her may not remarry her to be his wife after her having been defiled, for it is an abomination before Ad-noy; and you are not to make liable the land that Ad-noy, your G-d, is giving you as territory.

Shishi (Sixth Aliyah)

Verse 5: When a man marries a new wife, he is not to be mobilized into the army, it shall not impose itself over him in any matter; he shall be free for his home one year and he shall bring joy to the wife he married.

Verse 6: He may not secure as collateral a mortar or pestle, for his is taking life as security.

Verse 7: If a man is apprehended having kidnaped a person from his brothers, from the descendants of Yisroel, and he exploited him and sold him; that kidnaper is to be put to death and you will eliminate the evil within you.

Verse 8: Take precautions with the leprosy affliction to be extremely careful and to do--- in accordance with everything that the kohanim the Levites shall instruct you; as I commanded them are you to make sure to do.

Verse 9: Remember what Ad-noy, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way when you were going out of Egypt.

Verse 10: If you become your fellow's creditor for any amount of debt, do not enter his house to take his pledge.

Verse 11: Stand outside, and the man from whom you are claiming, will bring out the pledge to you outside.

Verse 12: And if he is a poor man, do not repose with his collateral [in your possession].

Verse 13: Return are you to return the pledge to him at sunset, and he will sleep with his garment and bless you; and it will be to your credit before Ad-noy, your G-d.

Shevi'i (Seventh Aliyah)

Verse 14: Do not steal from the wage earner who is poor or destitute; from your brothers or your converts who are in your land in your cities.

Verse 15: On its day give his wage and let the sun not set upon it, for he is a poor man, and he places his life in jeopardy for it; [so that] he should not complain about you to Ad-noy, and you will have a sin.

Verse 16: Fathers shall not be executed through sons, and sons shall not be executed through fathers; each to be executed for his sin.

Verse 17: Do not be devious in the judgment of the proselyte or orphan; and you may not secure as collateral, a widow's garment.

Verse 18: Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and Ad-noy, your G-d, redeemed you from there; that is why I am commanding you to do this thing.

Verse 19: When you reap your reaping in your field, and you forget a sheaf in the field, you may not return to take it; for the proselyte, for the orphan, and for the widow let it be; in order that Ad-noy, your G-d, will bless you in all your endeavors.

Verse 20: When you harvest your olive tree, you may not strip it of its glory behind you. for the proselyte, for the orphan, and for the widow let it be.

Verse 21: When you harvest your vineyard you may not harvest pygmy vines behind you; for the proselyte, for the orphan, and for the widow let it be.

Verse 22: Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; that is why I am commanding you to do this thing.

Chapter 25

Verse 1: If a quarrel should occur among men and they bring it to court and they judge them and they determine who is righteous and they convict the villain.

Verse 2: Should the wicked one deserve flogging, the judge shall incline him and have him flogged before him in the amount befitting his crime, with the number near.

Verse 3: Forty is he to have him flogged, he may not add; lest he additionally flog him over these, a great flogging, when your brother will be slighted before you.

Verse 4: You may not muzzle an ox while it threshes.

Verse 5: If brothers reside together, and one of them dies having no son, let the wife of the dead man not marry outside [the family] to a strange man; her brother-in-law will consummate with her thus marrying her to be his wife, and perform levirate marriage with her.

Verse 6: It shall be that the firstborn, when she is capable of bearing children, shall be established in place of his deceased brother, so that his name may not be obliterated from Yisroel.

Verse 7: But if the man will not want to marry his sister-in-law; his sister-in-law must go up to the portal, to the judges, and say, "My brother-in-law refuses to establish for his brother a name in Yisroel; he is unwilling to do perform levirate marriage with me."

Verse 8: The judges of his city will call him and converse with him. He shall stand and say, "I do not want to marry her."

Verse 9: And his sister-in-law will approach him in the sight of the judges, and she will remove his shoe from upon his foot, and spit before him; and she will say aloud, "This is done to the man who will not build his brother's family."

Verse 10: And it will be entitled in Yisroel, the house of the divestiture of the shoe.

Verse 11: If men engage in an altercation, a man and his brother, and the wife of one approaches to save her husband from his assailant, and she puts out her hand and grasps his genitals,

Verse 12: You shall sever her hand; you are not to have compassion.

Verse 13: You are not to have for yourself in your pouch varying weight-stones, large and small.

Verse 14: You shall not have in your house varying measures, large and small.

Verse 15: A fully accurate, just weight, you shall have, you are to have whole and honest measures; in order that you live long on the land that Ad-noy, your G-d, is giving you.

Verse 16: Because Ad-noy, your G-d's abomination, are all who do these [things]; all who do falsehood.


Verse 17: Remember what Amalek perpetrated against you on the way when you were going out of Egypt.

Verse 18: When they chanced upon you en route struck down your appendage--- all the feeble ones behind you--- and you were exhausted and wearied, and they had no fear of G-d.

Verse 19: When Ad-noy, your G-d, has given you repose from all your enemies around, in the land that Ad-noy, your G-d, is giving you as territory to inherit, you shall obliterate the memory of Amalek from beneath the sky; do not forget.

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