Deuteronomy 22 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 "You shall not watch the ox of your neighbor or his sheep or goat straying and ignore them; certainly you shall return them to your neighbor. 2 And if your countrymana [is] not near you or you do not know {who he is},b then you shall bring it {to your household},c and it shall bed with you {until your countryman seeks after it},e and you shall return it to him. 3 And thus [also] you shall do regardingf his donkey, and thus you shall do concerningg his garment, and so you shall do with respect toh all [of] the lost property of your countrymani that is lost from him and you find it; you are not allowed to withhold help. 4 "You shall not see the donkey of your neighbor or his ox fallen on the road and you ignore them; certainly you must help them [get] up [along] with him. 5 "The apparel of a man shall not be [put] onj a woman, and a man shall not wear the clothing of a woman, because everyone who does these things is detestable to Yahweh your God. 6 "If a bird's nest is found {before you}k on the road in any tree or on the ground, [and there are] chicks or eggs, and the mother [is] lying down on the chicks or the eggs, you shall not take the mother along with the young; 7 you shall certainly let the mother go, but you may take the young for yourselves;l [do this] {so that it may go well}m for you and {you may live long in the land}.n 8 "When you build a new house theno you shall make a parapet wallp for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house {if anyone should fall from it}.q 9 "You shall not sow your vineyard [with] differing kinds [of seed], so that you shall not forfeit {the whole harvest},r [both] the seed that you sowed and the yield of the vineyard. 10 "You shall not plow with an ox and with a donkey [yoked] together. 11 "You shall not wear woven material [made of] wool and linen [mixed] together. 12 "You shall make tassels for yourselvess on the four corners of your clothing with which you cover [yourself]. 13 "If a man takes a woman and {he has sex with her},t but [he] then {dislikes her},u 14 and {he accuses her falsely},v and {he defames her},w and he says 'This woman I took and I lay with her and {I discovered that she was not a virgin},'x 15 then [in defense] the father of the young woman shall take, along with her mother, and [together] they must bring out the [evidence of] the virginity of the young woman [to display it] to the elders of the city {at the city gate}.y 16 And [then] the father of the young woman shall say to the elders, 'I gave my daughter to this man as wife, but he [now] {dislikes}z her, 17 and now look {he has accused her falsely},aa saying, "I did not find {your daughter a virgin},"bb but here [is] [evidence of] the virginity of my daughter'; and they shall spread the cloth [out] {before}cc the elders of the city. 18 Then the elders of that city shall take the man, and they shall discipline him. 19 Then they shall fine him [a] hundred [shekels of] silver, and they shall give [them] to the father of the young woman, for {he defamed an Israelite young woman},dd and {she shall become his wife};ee he will not be allowed {to divorce her}ff all his days. 20 "But if {this charge}gg was true, {and the signs of virginity were not found}hh for the young woman, 21 and [then] they shall bring out the young woman to the doorway of the house of her father, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones, and she shall die, because she did a disgraceful thing in Israel {by playing the harlot}ii [in] the house of her father, and so you shall purge the evil from your midst. 22 "If a man is found lying {with a married woman},jj then they shall both die; {both of them},kk the man who lay with the woman and the woman [also], so you shall purge the evil from Israel. 23 "If it happens [that] a young woman, a virgin, [is] engaged to a man, [and] a man finds her in the town and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring out {both of them}ll to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them with stones so that they shall die, the young woman because she did not cry out in the town, and the man becausemm he violated his neighbor's wife; and so you shall purge the evil from your midst. 25 "But if the man finds the young engaged woman in the field and the man overpowers her and {he has sex with her},nn then the man onlyoo must die who laypp with her. 26 But you shall not do anythingqq to the young woman, [for] there is not [reckoned] againstrr the young woman {a sin deserving death};ss {it is similar to when}tt a man rises up against his neighbor and murders him, {a fellow human being},uu [just] so [is] this {case},vv 27 for he found her in the field, the engaged young woman cried out, but there was noww rescuer {to help her}.xx 28 "If a man finds a young woman, a virgin [who] is not engaged, and he seizes her and {he has sex with her}yy and they are caught, 29 then {the man who lay with her}zz shall give to the father of the young woman fifty [shekels] of silver, and she shall become {his wife}52 {because}53 he violated her, and he is not allowed to divorce her {during his lifetime}.54 30 55 A man may not take the wife of his father, and [so] {he may not dishonor his father}.56
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