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Deuteronomy 22:1-30

22  “You shall not see your brother’s cow or bull or sheep or goat running away and disregard it: you must get it back to your brother. 2*  And if your brother is not near to you and is not known to you, you shall take it home into your house and keep it with you till your brother inquires for it, and return it to him. 3  And you shall do the same for his donkey, and the same for his cloak, and the same for any stray property of your brother’s which he loses and you find: you cannot disregard it. 4  “You shall not see your brother’s donkey or ox fallen in the road and disregard them; you must help get them up. 5  “A woman shall not have on her a man’s article, and a man shall not put on a woman’s garment, because anyone who does these things is an abomination to your God Jehovah. 6  “When a bird’s nestful happens in your way, in any tree or on the ground, chicks or eggs and the mother brooding the chicks or eggs, you shall not take the mother with the brood; 7  you shall let the mother go and take the brood for yourself, so that it may be we with you and your time may be long. 8  “When you build a new house you shall make a parapet for your roof, and not get bloodguilt on your house when someone falls from it. 9  “You shall not sow your vineyard for a twofold crop for fear the filling should be forfeit to sacred uses, the crop you sow and the produce of the vineyard. 10  “You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11  “You shall not wear linsey-woolsey, woolen and linen together. 12*  “You shall make yourself fringes on all four flap-edges of the garment you cover yourself with. 13  “When a man takes a wife and goes in to her and takes an aversion to her and lays outrageous charges against her and defames her, 14  and says ‘I married this woman and cohabited with her and did not find evidence of her virginity,’ 15  the girl’s father and mother shall take the evidence of the girl’s virginity and bring it out to the gate of the city to the elders, 16  and the girl’s father shall say to the elders ‘I gave this man my daughter in marriage and he took an aversion her, 17  and here he has laid outrageous charges saying “I did not find evidence of your daughter’s virginity,” when this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity,’ and they shall spread out the blanket before the elders of the city. 18  And the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him, 19  and fine him a hundred shekels of silver ax give it to the girl’s father, because he defamed Israelite maidenhood; and he shall have her as wife, he cannot divorce her as long as he lives. 20  “But if this charge is true, evidence of the girl’s virginity was not found, 21  they shall bring the girl out to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed a scandal in Israel, prostituting her father’s house; and you shall rout out the mischief from among you. 22  “When a man is found lying with a married woman they shall both die, the man that lay with the woman and the woman hers and you shall rout out the mischief from among you. 23  “When there is a maiden girl betrothed to a man, and a man finds her in town and lies with her, 24  you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them to death, the girl for her not having screamed in town and the man for his having deflowered another’s wife; and you shall rout out the mischief from among you. 25  “But if it is in the open country that the man finds the betrothed girl and takes hold of her and lies with her, only the man that lies with her shall die; 26  you shall not do anything to the girl; the girl has no capital guilt, for this case is the same as when a man sets upon another and murders him, 27  because it was in the open country that he found her; the betrothed girl screamed and there was nobody to help her. 28  “When a man finds an unbetrothed maiden girl and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, 29  the man that lies with her shall give the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver and shall have her as his wife; considering that he deflowered her, he cannot divorce her as long as he lives. 30  “A man shall not take his father’s wife and turn back the flap of his father’s blanket.


22:2 Or or is not known
22:12 (fringes, flap-edges) Unc.