Deuteronomy 25

Miscellaneous Laws

1 "If there is a a dispute between men, and they come to 1 court, that the judges may judge them, and they b justify the righteous and condemn the wicked, 2 "then it shall be, if the wicked man c deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down d and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows. 3 e "Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother f be humiliated in your sight.

4 g "You shall not muzzle an ox while it 2 treads out the grain.

Laws Concerning Levirate Marriage

5 h "If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband's brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6 "And it shall be that the firstborn son which she bears i will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that j his name may not be blotted out of Israel. 7 "But if the man does not want to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the k gate to the elders, and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to raise up a name to his brother 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. But if he stands firm and says, l 'I do not want to take her,' 9 "then his brother's wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, m remove his sandal from his foot, spit in his face, and answer and say, 'So shall it be done to the man who will not n build up his brother's house.' 10 "And his name shall be called in Israel, 'The house of him who had his sandal removed.'

Miscellaneous Laws

11 "If two men fight together, and the wife of one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of the one attacking him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the genitals, 12 "then you shall cut off her hand; o your eye shall not pity her.

13 p "You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light. 14 "You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. 15 "You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, q that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 16 "For r all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are 3 an abomination to the LORD your God.

17 s "Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, 18 "how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he t did not fear God. 19 "Therefore it shall be, u when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will v blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 17:8 - 13
    If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
    Deuteronomy 19:17
    Then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days.
    Ezekiel 44:24
    In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:15
    He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:29
    Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.
    Luke 12:48
    But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 10:17
    But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
  5. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:24
    From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
  6. Cross References
    Job 18:3
    Why are we counted as beasts, And regarded as stupid in your sight?
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 12:10
    A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
    1 Corinthians 9:9
    For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about?
    1 Timothy 5:18
    For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 22:24
    Saying: "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
    Mark 12:19
    Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
    Luke 20:28
    Saying: "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 38:9
    But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother.
  10. Cross References
    Ruth 4:5
    Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.
    Ruth 4:10
    "Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day."
  11. Cross References
    Ruth 4:1
    Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, "Come aside, friend, sit down here." So he came aside and sat down.
    Ruth 4:2
    And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down.
  12. Cross References
    Ruth 4:6
    And the close relative said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.
  13. Cross References
    Ruth 4:7
    Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.
    Ruth 4:8
    Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." So he took off his sandal.
  14. Cross References
    Ruth 4:11
    And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, " We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:2
    And when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
    Deuteronomy 19:13
    Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.
  16. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:35 - 37
    You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.
    Proverbs 11:1
    Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.
    Proverbs 20:23
    Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good.
    Ezekiel 45:10
    You shall have honest scales, an honest ephah, and an honest bath.
    Micah 6:11
    Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights?
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 20:12
    Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:1
    Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.
    1 Thessalonians 4:6
    That no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
  19. Cross References
    Exodus 17:8 - 16
    Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
    1 Samuel 15:1 - 3
    Samuel also said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 36:1
    An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.
    Romans 3:18
    "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
  21. Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:3
    'Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'"
  22. Cross References
    Exodus 17:14
    Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
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