Tanach

Devarim/Deuteronomy Chapter 25


1. If there is a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.
2. And it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten in his presence, by a certain number according to his fault.
3. Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed; lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile to you.
4. You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.
5. If brothers live together, and one of them dies, and has no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry outside to a stranger; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her to him for a wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.
6. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she bears shall succeed to the name of his brother who is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.
7. And if the man does not wish to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuses to raise to his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.
8. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him; and if he persists, and says, I do not wish to take her;
9. Then shall his brother’s wife come to him in the presence of the elders, and pull his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done to that man who will not build up his brother’s house.
10. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him who has his shoe pulled off.
11. When men fight together one with another, and the wife of one draws near to save her husband from the hand of him who strikes him, and puts forth her hand, and grabs him by his private parts;
12. Then you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall not pity her.
13. You shall not have in your bag different weights, a large and a small.
14. You shall not have in your house different measures, a large and a small.
15. But you shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shall you have; that your days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
16. For all who do such things, and all who do unrighteously, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
17. Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came forth out of Egypt;
18. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God.
19. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it.

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