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Deuteronomy 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:1 - If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:2 - If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:3 - Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:4 - If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:5 - A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:6 - If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:7 - You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:8 - When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:9 - Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:10 - Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:11 - Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:12 - Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.

Marriage Violations

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:13 - If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:14 - and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:15 - then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:16 - Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:17 - Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:18 - and the elders shall take the man and punish him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:19 - They shall fine him a hundred shekels[fn] of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:20 - If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:21 - she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:22 - If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:23 - If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:24 - you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:25 - But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:26 - Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:27 - for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed, there was no one to rescue her.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:28 - If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:29 - he shall pay her father fifty shekels[fn] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:30 - A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.[fn]
NIV Footnotes
Or be forfeited to the sanctuary
That is, about 2 1/2 pounds or about 1.2 kilograms
That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams
In Hebrew texts this verse (22:30) is numbered 23:1.

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