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25:1 “If there is a dispute between men and they come into court and the judges decide between them, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty,
2 then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense.
3 Forty stripes may be given him, but not more, lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.
4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.
Laws Concerning Levirate Marriage5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.
6 And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.
7 And if the man does not wish to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to perpetuate his brother’s name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’
8 Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’
9 then his brother’s wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’
10 And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.’
Miscellaneous Laws11 “When men fight with one another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts,
12 then you shall cut off her hand. Your eye shall have no pity.
13 “You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small.
14 You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small.
15 A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
16 For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt,
18 how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God.
19 Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.
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Offerings of Firstfruits and Tithes 26:1 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it,
2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there.
3 And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’
4 Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.
5 “And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.
6 And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor.
7 Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
8 And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.
9 And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God.
11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.
12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled,
13 then you shall say before the Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.
14 I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the Lord my God. I have done according to all that you have commanded me.
15 Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’
16 “This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice.
18 And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments,
19 and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.”
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28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,but with a man of understanding and knowledge,its stability will long continue.
3 A poor man who oppresses the pooris a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,but those who keep the law strive against them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integritythan a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profitgathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil waywill fall into his own pit,but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bearis a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,he will be a fugitive until death;let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A stingy man hastens after wealthand does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favorthan he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his motherand says, “That is no transgression,”is a companion to a man who destroys.
25 A greedy man stirs up strife,but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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He Will Not Forsake His Saints Of David.37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grassand wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall inherit the landand delight themselves in abundant peace.
12 The wicked plots against the righteousand gnashes his teeth at him,
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,for he sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bowsto bring down the poor and needy,to slay those whose way is upright;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,and their bows shall be broken.
16 Better is the little that the righteous hasthan the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,and their heritage will remain forever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times;in the days of famine they have abundance.
20 But the wicked will perish;the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,but the righteous is generous and gives;
22 for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,for the Lord upholds his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old,yet I have not seen the righteous forsakenor his children begging for bread.
26 He is ever lending generously,and his children become a blessing.
27 Turn away from evil and do good;so shall you dwell forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;he will not forsake his saints.They are preserved forever,but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the landand dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;his steps do not slip.
32 The wicked watches for the righteousand seeks to put him to death.
33 The Lord will not abandon him to his poweror let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,and he will exalt you to inherit the land;you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
36 But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;though I sought him, he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,for there is a future for the man of peace.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,because they take refuge in him.
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