|Overview - Deuteronomy 19|
|1||The cities of refuge.|
|4||The privilege thereof for the manslayer.|
|14||The land-mark is not to be removed.|
|15||Two witnesses at the least are required.|
|16||The punishment of a false witness.|
Deuteronomy 19:14 (King James Version)
Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
- shalt not remove
- Before the extensive use of fences, landed property was marked out by stones or posts, set up so as to ascertain the divisions of family estates. It was easy to remove one of these landmarks, and set it in a different place; and thus a dishonest man might enlarge his own estate by contracting that of his neighbour. Hence it was a matter of considerable importance to prevent this crime among the Israelites; among whom, removing them would be equivalent to forging, altering, destroying, or concealing the title-deeds of an estate among us. Accordingly, by the Mosaic law, it was not only prohibited in the commandment against covetousness, but we find a particular curse expressly annexed to it in ch
- 27:17 . Josephus considers this law a general prohibition, intended not only to protect private property, but also to preserve the boundaries of kingdoms and countries inviolable.
- 27:17 Job 24:2 ; Proverbs 22:28 ; 23:10 Hosea 5:10