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Deuteronomy 21 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 If, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess, a body is found lying in open country, and it is not known who struck the person down, 1 If a man is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,
2 then your elders and your judges shall come out to measure the distances to the towns that are near the body. 2 your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.
3 The elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked, one that has not pulled in the yoke; 3 Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke
4 the elders of that town shall bring the heifer down to a wadi with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the wadi. 4 and lead her down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer's neck.
5 Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come forward, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister to him and to pronounce blessings in the name of the Lord, and by their decision all cases of dispute and assault shall be settled. 5 The priests, the sons of Levi, shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.
6 All the elders of that town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the wadi, 6 Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
7 and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor were we witnesses to it. 7 and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.
8 Absolve, O Lord, your people Israel, whom you redeemed; do not let the guilt of innocent blood remain in the midst of your people Israel." Then they will be absolved of bloodguilt. 8 Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man." And the bloodshed will be atoned for.
9 So you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, because you must do what is right in the sight of the Lord. 9 So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.
10 When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God hands them over to you and you take them captive, 10 When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives,
11 suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman whom you desire and want to marry, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.
12 and so you bring her home to your house: she shall shave her head, pare her nails, 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails
13 discard her captive's garb, and shall remain in your house a full month, mourning for her father and mother; after that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.
14 But if you are not satisfied with her, you shall let her go free and not sell her for money. You must not treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her. 14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.
15 If a man has two wives, one of them loved and the other disliked, and if both the loved and the disliked have borne him sons, the firstborn being the son of the one who is disliked, 15 If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love,
16 then on the day when he wills his possessions to his sons, he is not permitted to treat the son of the loved as the firstborn in preference to the son of the disliked, who is the firstborn. 16 when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love.
17 He must acknowledge as firstborn the son of the one who is disliked, giving him a double portion of all that he has; since he is the first issue of his virility, the right of the firstborn is his. 17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father's strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
18 If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, 18 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him,
19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the gate of that place. 19 his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.
20 They shall say to the elders of his town, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard." 20 They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard."
21 Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. So you shall purge the evil from your midst; and all Israel will hear, and be afraid. 21 Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.
22 When someone is convicted of a crime punishable by death and is executed, and you hang him on a tree, 22 If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree,
23 his corpse must not remain all night upon the tree; you shall bury him that same day, for anyone hung on a tree is under God's curse. You must not defile the land that the Lord your God is giving you for possession. 23 you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.