Deuteronomy 22 ©

Sundry laws, as concerning love and faithfulness to a man’s neighbor, when something of his possessions strays, is lost, or is otherwise in danger, v. 1, etc. Concerning changing men’s and women’s apparel, 5. Concerning a bird’s nest, 6. Concerning battlements upon the roof, 8. Concerning various mixture of unequal things, 9. Concerning strings on garments, 12. Concerning the punishment of him who slanders his wife, 13. Concerning the punishment of a damsel who played the whore in her father’s house, 20. Concerning the punishment of an adulterer, 22. And in particular, when a betrothed damsel in the city lies with a man, 23. Also when she is forced in the field, 25. Also when a man lies with a damsel who is a virgin and not betrothed, 28. Concerning incest, 30.


THOU shalt not see thy brother’s 1oxa or his sheep 2go astray, and 3hide thyself from them: thou shalt 4in any case bring them again unto thy brother.


And if thy brother be 5not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, 6then thou shalt bring it 7unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.


In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all 8lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: 9thou mayest not hide thyself.


¶Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt 10surely help 11him to lift them up again.


¶The woman shall not wear 12that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so 13are abomination unto the LORD thy God.


¶If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam 14sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the damb with the 15young:


But thou shalt 16in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.


¶When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a 17battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not 18blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.


¶Thou shalt not sowc thy vineyard with 19divers seeds: lest the 20fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, 21be defiled.


¶Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.


22Thou shalt not wear a garment of diversd sorts, as of woollen and linen together.


¶Thou shalt make thee 23fringese upon the four 24quarters of thy 25vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.


¶If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,


And give 26occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:


Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s 27virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:


And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;


And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And 28they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.


And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;


And they shall amercef him in an hundred 29shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because 30he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.


But if this 31thing be 32true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:


Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.


33Ifg a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.


¶If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;


Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath 34humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.


¶But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:


But unto the damsel thou shalt do 35nothing; there is in the damsel 36no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and 37slayeth him, 38even so is this matter:


For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.


¶If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be 39found;


Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fiftyh40shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.


¶A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his 41father’s skirt.