Various Laws

1 You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep go astray and hide yourself from them. You shall surely bring them back to your brother. 2 If your brother is not near to you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother comes looking for it, and you shall restore it to him. 3 So you shall do with his donkey. So you shall do with his garment. So you shall do with every lost thing of your brother’s, which he has lost, and you have found. You may not hide yourself. 4 You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way, and hide yourself from them. You shall surely help him to lift them up again.

5 A woman shall not wear men’s clothing, nor shall a man put on women’s clothing, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

6 If you come across a bird’s nest on the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the hen sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the hen with the young. 7 You shall surely let the hen go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a railing around your roof, so that you do not bring blood on your house if anyone falls from there.

9 You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest all the fruit be defiled, the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard. 10 You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11 You shall not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.

12 You shall make yourselves fringes on the four corners of your cloak with which you cover yourself.

Marriage Violations

13 If any man takes a wife, goes in to her, and then hates her, 14 accusing her of shameful things, and giving her a bad name and says, “I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn’t find in her the evidence of virginity,” 15 then the young lady’s father and mother shall take the physical evidence of the young lady’s virginity and bring it to the elders of the city in the gate. 16 The young lady’s father shall tell the elders, “I gave my daughter to this man as his wife, and he hates her. 17 And now, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, ‘I didn’t find in your daughter evidence of virginity,’ and yet here is the physical evidence of my daughter’s virginity.” They shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. 18 The elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him. 19 They shall fine him 100 shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young lady, because he has given a bad name to a virgin of Israel. She shall be his wife. He may not put her away all his days.

20 But if this accusation is true, that no physical evidence of her virginity was found in the young lady, 21 then they shall bring out the young lady to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the prostitute in her father’s house. So you shall remove the evil from among you.

22 If a man is found lying with a woman married to another man, then they shall both die, the man who lay with the woman and the woman. So you shall remove the evil from Israel.

23 If there is a young lady who is a virgin pledged to be married to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death; the lady, because she did not cry, being in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. So you shall remove the evil from among you.

25 But if the man finds the lady who is pledged to be married in the field, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die, 26 but to the lady you shall do nothing. There is in the lady no sin worthy of death, for as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, this matter is the same. 27 When he found her in the field, the lady who was pledged to be married cried, and there was no one to save her.

28 If a man finds a lady who is a virgin, who is not pledged to be married, grabs her and lies with her, and they are found, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the lady’s father 50 shekels of silver. She shall be his wife because he has violated her. He may not put her away all his days.

30 A man shall not take his father’s wife and shall not uncover his father’s skirt.

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