Deuteronomy 22 (New International Reader's Version)

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1 Suppose you see your neighbor's ox or sheep wandering away. Then don't act as if you didn't see it. Instead, make sure you take it back to him. 2 Your neighbor might not live near you. Or you might not know who he is. Then take the animal home with you. Keep it until he comes looking for it. Then give it back. 3 Do the same thing if you find his donkey, coat or anything he loses. Don't act as if you didn't see it. 4 Suppose you see your neighbor's donkey or ox that has fallen down on the road. Then don't act as if you didn't see it. Help him get it up on its feet again. 5 A woman must not wear men's clothes. And a man must not wear women's clothes. The LORD your God hates it when anyone does that. 6 Suppose you happen to find a bird's nest beside the road. It might be in a tree or on the ground. And suppose the mother bird is sitting on her little birds or on the eggs. Then don't take the mother along with the little ones. 7 You can take the little ones. But make sure you let the mother go. Then things will go well with you. You will live for a long time. 8 If you build a new house, put a low wall around the edge of your roof. Then you won't be held accountable if someone falls off your roof and dies. 9 Don't plant two kinds of seeds in your vineyard. If you do, the crops you grow there will be polluted. Your grapes will also be polluted. 10 Don't let an ox and a donkey pull the same plow together. 11 Don't wear clothes made of wool and linen that are woven together. 12 Make tassels on the four corners of the coat you wear.

Breaking Marriage Laws

13 Suppose a man gets married to a woman and makes love to her. But then he doesn't like her. 14 So he tells lies about her and says she's a bad woman. He says, "I got married to this woman. But when I made love to her, I discovered she wasn't a virgin." 15 Then the woman's parents must bring proof that she was a virgin. They must give the proof to the elders at the gate of the town. 16 The woman's father will speak to the elders. He'll say, "I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife. But he doesn't like her. 17 So now he has told lies about her. He has said, 'I discovered that your daughter wasn't a virgin.' But here's the proof that my daughter was a virgin." Then her parents will show the elders of the town the cloth that has her blood on it. 18 The elders will punish the man. 19 They'll make him weigh out two and a half pounds of silver. They'll give it to the woman's father. That's because the man has said an Israelite virgin is a bad woman. She will continue to be his wife. He must not divorce her as long as he lives. 20 But suppose the charge is true. And there isn't any proof that the woman was a virgin. 21 Then she must be brought to the door of her father's house. There the people of her town will put her to death by throwing stones at her. She has done a very terrible thing in Israel. She has had sex before she got married. Get rid of that evil person. 22 Suppose a man is seen having sex with another man's wife. Then the man and the woman must both die. Get rid of those evil people. 23 Suppose a man happens to see a virgin in a town. And she has promised to get married to another man. But the man who happens to see her has sex with her. 24 Then you must take both of them to the gate of that town. You must put them to death by throwing stones at them. You must kill the woman because she was in a town and didn't scream for help. And you must kill the man because he had sex with another man's wife. Get rid of those evil people. 25 But suppose a man happens to see a woman out in the country. And she has promised to marry another man. But the man who happens to see her rapes her. Then only the man who has done that will die. 26 Don't do anything to the woman. She hasn't committed a sin that is worthy of death. That case is like the case of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor. 27 The man found the woman out in the country. And she screamed. But there wasn't anyone around who could save her. 28 Suppose a man happens to see a virgin who hasn't promised to marry another man. And the man who happens to see her rapes her. But someone discovers them. 29 Then the man must weigh out 20 ounces of silver. He must give it to the woman's father. The man must marry the woman, because he raped her. And he can never divorce her as long as he lives. 30 A man must not get married to his stepmother. He must not bring shame on his father by having sex with her.
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