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Deuteronomy 21 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Expiation of a Crime

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:1 - “If a person who has been killed by someone is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to [fn]possess, and it is not known who struck him,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:2 - then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the one who was killed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:3 - “And it shall be that the city which is nearest to the person killed, that is, that the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd that has not been worked [fn]and has not pulled in a yoke;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:4 - 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 they shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:5 - “Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come forward, because the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; and every dispute and [fn]violent crime shall be [fn]settled by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:6 - “And all the elders of that city [fn]which is nearest to the person killed shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:7 - and they shall respond and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see who did.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:8 - [fn]Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, LORD, and do not place the guilt for innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.’ And the guilt for bloodshed shall be [fn]forgiven them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:9 - “So you shall remove the guilt for innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the eyes of the LORD.

Domestic Relations

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:10 - “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God hands them over to you and you take them away captive,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:11 - and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and are strongly attracted to her and would take her as a wife for yourself,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:12 - then you shall bring her into your home, and she shall shave her head and [fn]trim her nails.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:13 - “She shall also [fn]remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and weep for her father and mother a full month; and after that you may have relations with her and become her husband and she shall be your wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:14 - “But it shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go [fn]wherever she wishes; and you certainly shall not sell her for money, you shall not treat her as merchandise, since you have [fn]humiliated her.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:15 - “If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other [fn]unloved, and both the loved and the [fn]unloved have borne him sons, and the firstborn son belongs to the [fn]unloved,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:16 - then it shall be on the day that he wills what he owns as an inheritance to his sons, he is not allowed to treat the son of the loved wife as the firstborn, [fn]at the expense of the son of the [fn]unloved, who actually is the firstborn son.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:17 - “On the contrary, he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the [fn]unloved wife, by giving him a double [fn]portion of everything that [fn]he owns, for he was the beginning of his [fn]strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:18 - “If any person has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or his mother, and when they discipline him, he does not listen to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:19 - then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city [fn]at the gateway of his hometown.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:20 - “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he does not obey us, he is thoughtless and given to drinking.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:21 - “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall eliminate the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear about it and fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:22 - “Now if [fn]a person has committed a sin carrying a sentence of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on [fn]a tree,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:23 - his body is not to be left overnight on the [fn]tree, but you shall certainly bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is cursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit possess it
Lit which has not
Lit blow
Lit according to their mouth
Lit who are
Lit Cover over, atone for
Lit covered over, atoned for
Lit do
Lit remove from her
Lit according to her soul
I.e., by a forced marriage
Or scorned; lit hated
Or scorned; lit hated
Or scorned; lit hated
Lit against the face of
See note v 15
See note v 15
Lit mouthful
Lit is found with him
I.e., power of procreation
Lit and to the gate of his place
Lit a sin is in a person carrying
Lit wood
Lit wood

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