Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 24 ©

1The law of divorce. 5A newly married man is exempt from war and civil offices for the space of a year. 6, 10Of pledges. 7Of manstealers. 8Of leprosy. 14The hire of a servant must not be detained. 16Every man must be answerable for his own sin. 17Of doing justice to the friendless. 19Of charity.

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WHEN a aman hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some 1uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of 2divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

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And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and bbe another man's wife.

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And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

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cHer former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not dcause the land to sin, ewhich the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

e ch. 4.1.
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¶When fa man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, 3neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

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¶No gman shall take the *nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's hlife to pledge.

h Ge. 9.4. ch. 20.19.
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¶If ia man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

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¶Take jheed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.

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Remember kwhat the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

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¶When thou dost 4lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

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Thou shalt stand *abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.

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And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

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In lany case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own *raiment, and mbless thee: and it nshall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

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¶Thou oshalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:

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At phis day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and 5setteth his heart upon it: lest qhe cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

q ch. 15.9.
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The rfathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

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¶Thou sshalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's *raiment to pledge:

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But tthou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

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¶When uthou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God vmay bless thee in all the work of thine hands.

u Le. 19.9,10; 23.22. Ru. 2.16. v.20,21.
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When thou beatest thine olive tree, 6thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

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When thou wgatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not *glean it 7afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

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And xthou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.