1"If a slain person is foundlying in the open country in the landwhich the LORD your Godgives you to apossess, and it is not knownwho has struck him,
then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the citieswhich are around the slainone.
"It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slainman, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;
and the elders of that city shall bring the heiferdown to a valley with runningwater, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer'sneckthere in the valley.
"Then 1the priests, the sons of Levi, shall comenear, for the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; and everydispute and everybassaultcshall be settled by them.
6"All the elders of that citydwhich is nearest to the slainman shall 2wash their handsover the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
and they shall answer and say, 'Our hands did not shedthisblood, nor did our eyessee it.
'eForgive Your peopleIsraelwhom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of 3innocentblood in the midst of Your peopleIsrael.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be fforgiven them.
"4So you shall remove the guilt of innocentblood from your midst, when you dowhat is right in the eyes of the LORD.
10"When you go out to battleagainst your enemies, and 5the LORD your Goddelivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,
and see among the captives a beautifulwoman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,
then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall 6shave her head and gtrim her nails.
"She shall also hremove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and 7mourn her father and mother a fullmonth; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.
"It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her goiwherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not jmistreat her, because you have 8humbled her.
15"If a manhastwowives, the oneloved and 9the otherkunloved, and both the loved and the lunloved have borne him sons, if the firstbornson belongs to the munloved,
then it shall be in the day he nwillswhat he has to his sons, he cannotmake the son of the loved the firstbornbefore the son of the ounloved, who is the firstborn.
"But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the punloved, by giving him a doubleportion of all that qhe has, for he is the 10beginning of his strength; 11to him belongs the right of the firstborn.
18"Ifanymanhas a stubborn and rebelliousson who will 12not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,
then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his cityrat the gateway of his hometown.
"They shall say to the elders of his city, 'Thisson of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.'
"13Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so 14you shall remove the evil from your midst, and 15allIsrael will hear of it and fear.
22"If a man has committed a sin16worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
2317his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surelybury him on the sameday (for 18he who is hanged is saccursed of God ), so that you 19do not defile your landwhich the LORD your Godgives you as an inheritance.