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Deuteronomy 25:1-19

25  “When there is a litigation between men and they come into court and are judged, and you decide for the one who is in the right and condemn the one who is in the wrong, 2  if the one who is in the wrong is to have a beating the judge shall have him laid down and beaten before him by count in proportion to his guilt. 3  He shall give forty strokes and no more, lest he should give many more than this and your brother be cheapened before you. 4  “You shall not muzzle a bull when it treads a threshing. 5  “When brothers are living together and one of them dies childless, the dead man’s wife shall not pass to an outsider; her brother-in-law shall go in to her and marry her and do a brother-in-law’s duty by her; 6  and the eldest son she bears shall be counted in the name of his dead brother, and his name shall not be obliterated out of Israel. 7  But if the man does not feel like marrying his sister-in-law, and his sister-in-law goes up to the gate to the elders and says ‘My brother-in-law refuses to set up a name in Israel for his brother, he is not willing to do a brother-in-law’s duty by me,’ 8  and the elders of his city summon him and speak to him, and he stands and says ‘Ido not feel like marrying her,’ 9  then his sister-in-law shall step up to him under the eyes of the elders and take off his shoe from his foot and spit in his face and testify ‘This is the way the man who does not build up his brother’s house is treated,’ 10  and he shall be designates in Israel as ‘Shoe-Off’s family.’ 11  “When men are tussling together, brother with brother, and the wife of one comes up to rescue her husband out of the hands of the one who is striking him and puts out her hand and takes hold his private parts, 12  you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall have no mercy. 13  “You shall not have in your bag different weights, a larger and a smaller. 14  You shall not have in your house different bushels, a large and a smaller. 15  You shall have a full and honest weight, a full and honest bushel, in order that you may have a long time on the soil your God Jehovah is giving you; 16  for anyone who does these things, anyone who commits fraud, is detestable to your God Jehovah. 17  “Remember what the ʽAmalekites did to you on the way when you were coming out of Egypt, 18  how they met you on the way and cut off all the exhausted ones that had fallen behind you when you were faint and tired, and they had no fear of God. 19  And when your God Jehovah has given you rest from all your enemies on all sides in the country your God Jehovah is giving you as an estate to take possession of, you shall obliterate the memory of ʽAmalek from under the heavens; you are not to forget it.