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Deuteronomy 21

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    Deuteronomy 21:1 If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who has slain him:
    Deuteronomy 21:2 Then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are round about him that is slain:
    Deuteronomy 21:3 And it shall be, that the city which is next to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which has not been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke;
    Deuteronomy 21:4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:
    Deuteronomy 21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:
    Deuteronomy 21:6 And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:
    Deuteronomy 21:7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
    Deuteronomy 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, to your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and lay not innocent blood to your people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
    Deuteronomy 21:9 So shall you put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when you shall do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
    Deuteronomy 21:10 When you go forth to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God has delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive,
    Deuteronomy 21:11 And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire to her, that you would have her to your wife;
    Deuteronomy 21:12 Then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
    Deuteronomy 21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
    Deuteronomy 21:14 And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall not make merchandise of her, because you have humbled her.
    Deuteronomy 21:15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
    Deuteronomy 21:16 Then it shall be, when he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
    Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he has: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
    Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not listen to them:
    Deuteronomy 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place;
    Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
    Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shall you put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
    Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and you hang him on a tree:
    Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that your land be not defiled, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance.