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Atonement for Unsolved Murders 21:1 “If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him,
2 then your elders and your judges shall come out, and they shall measure the distance to the surrounding cities.
3 And the elders of the city that is nearest to the slain man shall take a heifer that has never been worked and that has not pulled in a yoke.
4 And the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley.
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 bless in the name of the Lord, and by their word every dispute and every assault shall be settled.
6 And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
7 and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed.
8 Accept atonement, O Lord, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’
9 So you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord.
Marrying Female Captives10 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive,
11 and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife,
12 and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails.
13 And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
14 But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her.
Inheritance Rights of the Firstborn15 “If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him children, and if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved,
16 then on the day when he assigns his possessions as an inheritance to his sons, he may not treat the son of the loved as the firstborn in preference to the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn,
17 but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.
A Rebellious Son18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them,
19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives,
20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’
21 Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
A Man Hanged on a Tree Is Cursed22 “And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.
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Give the King Your JusticeOf Solomon.72:1 Give the king your justice, O God,and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,and your poor with justice!
3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,and the hills, in righteousness!
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,give deliverance to the children of the needy,and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear you while the sun endures,and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,like showers that water the earth!
7 In his days may the righteous flourish,and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,and from the River to the ends of the earth!
9 May desert tribes bow down before him,and his enemies lick the dust!
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlandsrender him tribute;may the kings of Sheba and Sebabring gifts!
11 May all kings fall down before him,all nations serve him!
12 For he delivers the needy when he calls,the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,and precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live;may gold of Sheba be given to him!May prayer be made for him continually,and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;on the tops of the mountains may it wave;may its fruit be like Lebanon;and may people blossom in the citieslike the grass of the field!
17 May his name endure forever,his fame continue as long as the sun!May people be blessed in him,all nations call him blessed!
18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;may the whole earth be filled with his glory!Amen and Amen!
20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.
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More Proverbs of Solomon 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,and the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presenceor stand in the place of the great,
7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
8 do not hastily bring into court,for what will you do in the end,when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,and do not reveal another’s secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,and your ill repute have no end.
11 A word fitly spokenis like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of goldis a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvestis a faithful messenger to those who send him;he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rainis a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighboris like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of troubleis like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heartis like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,and like vinegar on soda.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap burning coals on his head,and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetopthan in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountainis a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 A man without self-controlis like a city broken into and left without walls.
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