Deuteronomy 22

1“If you see that your neighbor’s cow or sheep is loose, you must not ignore it. You must be sure to take it back to its owner. 2If the owner does not live near you or if you don’t know who it belongs to, then you may take the cow or sheep to your house. And you may keep it with you until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must give it back to him. 3You must do the same thing when you find your neighbor’s donkey, your neighbor’s clothes or anything else your neighbor loses. You must help your neighbor. 4“If your neighbor’s donkey or cow has fallen down on the road, you must not ignore it. You must help him lift it up again. 5“A woman must not wear men’s clothes. And a man must not wear women’s clothes. That is very disgusting to the Lord your God. 6“You might be walking along a path and find a bird’s nest in a tree or on the ground. If the mother bird is sitting with her baby birds or on the eggs, then you must not take the mother bird with the babies. 7You may take the babies for yourself. But you must let the mother go. If you obey these laws, then things will go well for you, and you will live a long time. 8“When you build a new house, you must build a wall around your roof. Then you will not be guilty for the death of a person that falls from the house. 9“You must not plant seeds of grain in the same fields as your grapevines. Why? Because then they become useless, and you can’t use either the grapes or the grain that grows from the seeds you planted. 10“You must not plow with a cow and a donkey together. 11“You must not wear cloth made by weaving together wool and linen. 12“Tie several pieces of thread together. Then put these tassels on the four corners of the robes you wear. 13“A man might marry a girl and have sexual relations with her. Then he might decide that he does not like her. 14He might lie and say, 'I married this woman, but when we had sexual relations, I found she was not a virgin.’ By saying this against her, people might think bad things about her. 15If this happens, the girl’s father and mother must bring the proof that the girl was a virgin to the town elders ˻(leaders)˼ at the meeting place of the town. 16The girl’s father must say to the leaders, 'I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife, but now he does not want her. 17This man has told lies against my daughter. He said, “I did not find the proof that your daughter is a virgin.’ But here is the proof that my daughter was a virgin.”‘ Then they should show the cloth to the town leaders. 18Then the leaders of that town must take that man and punish him. 19They must fine him 40 ounces of silver. They must give the money to the girl’s father because her husband brought shame to an Israelite girl. And the girl must continue to be the man’s wife. He can’t divorce her all his life. 20“But the things that the husband said about his wife might be true. The wife’s parents might not have the proof that she was a virgin. If this happens, 21then the town leaders must bring the girl to the door of her father’s house. Then the men of the town must kill her with stones. Why? Because she has done a shameful thing in Israel. She has acted like a prostitute in her father’s house. You must remove that evil from your people. 22“If a man is found having sexual relations with another man’s wife, then both of them must die—the woman and the man that had sexual relations with her. You must remove that evil from Israel. 23“A man might meet a virgin girl engaged to another man. He might have sexual relations with her. If this happens in the city, 24then you must bring them both out to the public place near the gate of that city, and you must kill them with stones. You must kill the man, because he used another man’s wife for sexual sin. And you must kill the girl, because she was in the city but did not call for help. You must remove that evil from your people. 25“But if a man finds an engaged girl out in the field and forces her to have sexual relations with him, then only the man must die. 26You must do nothing to the girl. She did nothing that deserves the punishment of death. This is like a person attacking his neighbor and killing him. 27The man found the engaged girl out in the field. He attacked her. And maybe she called for help, but there was no one to help her. ˻So she must not be punished.˼ 28“A man might find a virgin girl that is not engaged and force her to have sexual relations with him. If other people see this happen, 29then he must pay the girl’s father 20 ounces of silver. And the girl will become the man’s wife. Why? Because he used her for sexual sin. He can’t divorce her all his life. 30“A man must not bring shame to his father by having sexual relations with his father’s wife.”

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