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Exodus 22:16-31 (Common English Bible)

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Instructions about social and religious matters

16 When a man seduces a young woman who isn't engaged to be married yet and he sleeps with her, he must marry her and pay the bride-price for her. 17 But if her father absolutely refuses to let them marry, he must still pay the same amount as the bride-price for young women. 18 Don't allow a female sorcerer to live. 19 Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal should be put to death. 20 Anyone who offers sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, should be destroyed. 21 Don't mistreat or oppress an immigrant, because you were once immigrants in the land of Egypt. 22 Don't treat any widow or orphan badly. 23 If you do treat them badly and they cry out to me, you can be sure that I'll hear their cry. 24 I'll be furious, and I'll kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows, and your children will be orphans. 25 If you lend money to my people who are poor among you, don't be a creditor and charge them interest. 26 If you take a piece of clothing from someone as a security deposit, you should return it before the sun goes down. 27 His clothing may well be his only blanket to cover himself. What else will that person have to sleep in? And if he cries out to me, I'll listen, because I'm compassionate. 28 Don't say a curse against God, and don't curse your people's chief. 29 Don't delay offering the produce of your vineyards and winepresses. Give me your oldest son. 30 Do the same with your oxen and with your sheep. They should stay with their mother for seven days. On the eighth day, you should give them to me. 31 You are holy people to me. Don't eat any meat killed by wild animals out in the field. Throw it to the dogs instead.
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