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Deuteronomy 21:1
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"If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the Lord your God gives you to [a]possess, and it is not known who has struck him,
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Deuteronomy 21:2
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then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.
Deuteronomy 21:3
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It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;
Deuteronomy 21:4
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and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.
Deuteronomy 21:5
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Then (a)the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the Lord your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the Lord ; and every dispute and every [b]assault [c]shall be settled by them.
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Deuteronomy 21:6
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All the elders of that city [d]which is nearest to the slain man shall (b)wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
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Deuteronomy 21:7
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and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.
Deuteronomy 21:8
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[e]Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O Lord , and do not place the guilt of (c)innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.' And the bloodguiltiness shall be [f]forgiven them.
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Deuteronomy 21:9
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(d)So you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord .
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Deuteronomy 21:10
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"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and (e)the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,
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Deuteronomy 21:11
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and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,
Deuteronomy 21:12
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then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall (f)shave her head and [g]trim her nails.
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Deuteronomy 21:13
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She shall also [h]remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and (g)mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.
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Deuteronomy 21:14
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It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go [i]wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not [j]mistreat her, because you have (h)humbled her.
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Deuteronomy 21:15
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"If a man has two wives, the one loved and (i)the other [k]unloved, and both the loved and the [l]unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the [m]unloved,
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Deuteronomy 21:16
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then it shall be in the day he [n]wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the [o]unloved, who is the firstborn.
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Deuteronomy 21:17
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But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the [p]unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that [q]he has, for he is the (j)beginning of his strength; (k)to him belongs the right of the firstborn.
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Deuteronomy 21:18
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"If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will (l)not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,
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Deuteronomy 21:19
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then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city [r]at the gateway of his hometown.
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Deuteronomy 21:20
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They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.'
Deuteronomy 21:21
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(m)Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so (n)you shall remove the evil from your midst, and (o)all Israel will hear of it and fear.
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Deuteronomy 21:22
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"If a man has committed a sin (p)worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
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Deuteronomy 21:23
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(q)his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for (r)he who is hanged is [s]accursed of God), so that you (s)do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.
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