THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 25 ©
How the judgments of judges must be between parties, v. 1, etc. How far they must cause him to be smitten who has deserved stripes, 2. A threshing ox, 4. Of the duty of the next brother, or kinsman, toward the widow of the deceased brother, who has left no heirs behind, 5. The punishment of an impudent woman, 11. A just weight and measure, 13. A command to destroy the Amalekites, 17.
IF there be a controversy between men, 1and they come unto judgment, that 2the judges may judge them; then 3they shall justify the 4righteous, and condemn the wicked.
And it shall be, if the wicked man be 5worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten 6before his face, 7according to his fault, by a certain 8number.
Fortya stripes he may 9give him, and 10not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then 11thy brother should seem 12vile unto thee.
¶Thou shalt notb muzzle 13the ox when he 14treadeth out the corn.
¶If brethren dwell together, and 15one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without 16unto a stranger: herc husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and 17take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth 18shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, 19that his name be not put out of Israel.
And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the 20gate unto the elders, and say, Myd husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he 21stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;
Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his 22shoe from off his foot, and 23spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s 24house.
And 25his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.
¶When men 26strive together 27one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the 28secrets:
Then thou shalt cut off her hand, 29thine eye shall not pity her.
¶Thou shalt not have in thy bag 30divers weights, a great and a small.
Thou shalt not have in thine house divers 31measures, a great and a small.
But thou shalt have a perfect and 32just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, 33are ane abomination unto the LORD thy God.
¶Remember what 34Amalekf did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.
Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.