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Deuteronômio 21

1 If [one] be foundThis law declares how horrible murder is, seeing that because of one man a whole country will be punished, unless remedy is found.slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, [and] it be not known who hath slain him:

2 Then thine Elders & thy Iudges shal come forth, and measure vnto the cities that are round about him that is slayne.

3 Aud let ye Elders of that citie, which is next vnto the slaine man, take out of the droue an heifer that hath not bene put to labour, nor hath drawen in the yoke.

4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a roughThat the blood shed of the innocent beasts in a solitary place, might make them abhor the fact.valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:

5 Also the Priests the sonnes of Leui (whom the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister, & to blesse in the name of the Lorde) shal come forth, & by their word shal all strife & plague be tried.

6 And all the Elders of that citie that came neere to the slayne man, shal wash their hands ouer the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

7 And shal testifie, and say, Our handes haue not shed this blood, neither haue our eies seene it.

8 Be merciful,This was the prayer, which the priests made in the audience of the people.O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

9 So shalt thou take away the cry of innocet blood from thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

10 Whe thou shalt go to warre against thine enemies, & the Lord thy God shal deliuer them into thine hands, & thou shalt take the captiues,

11 And shalt see among the captiues a beautifull woman, and hast a desire vnto her, & wouldest take her to thy wife,

12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house;Signifying that her former life must be changed before she could be joined to the people of God.and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house,As having renounced parents and country.and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thyThis was only allowed in the wars, otherwise the Israelites could not marry strangers.wife.

14 And if thou haue no fauour vnto her, then thou mayest let her go whither she will, but thou shalt not sell her for money, nor make marchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and anotherThis declares that the plurality of wives came from a corrupt affection.hated, and they have born him children, [both] the beloved and the hated; and [if] the firstborn son be hers that was hated:

16 Then when the time commeth, that hee appointeth his sonnes to be heires of that which he hath, he may not make the sonne of the beloued first borne before the sonne of the hated, which is the first borne:

17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated [for] the firstborn, by giving him aAs much as to two of the others.double portion of all that he hath: for he [is] the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn [is]Unless he is unworthy, as Reuben, Jacob's son, was.his.

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of hisFor it is the mother's duty also to instruct her children.mother, and [that], when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother take him, & bring him out vnto the Elders of his citie, & vnto the gate of the place where he dwelleth,

20 And shall say vnto the Elders of his citie, This our sonne is stubburne and disobedient, and he wil not obey our admonition: he is a ryotour, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shallA death which was also appointed for blasphemers and idolaters: so that to disobey the parents is most horrible.stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

22 If a man also haue committed a trespasse worthy of death, and is put to death, & thou hangest him on a tree,

23 His body shall not remainFor God's law is satisfied by his death, and nature abhors cruelty.all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.

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