1If one be found slain in the land which Yahweh your God gives you
to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn’t known who has struck him;
2then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall
measure to the cities which are round about him who is slain:
shall be, that the city which is nearest to the slain man, even the elders of
that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hasn’t been worked with, and
which has not drawn in the yoke;
4and the elders of that city shall bring
down the heifer to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor
sown, and shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley.
the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Yahweh your God has chosen to
minister to him, and to bless in the name of Yahweh; and according to their
word shall every controversy and every stroke be.
6All the elders of that
city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the
heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;
7and they shall answer and
say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
8Forgive, Yahweh, your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and don’t
allow innocent blood to remain in the midst of your people Israel.
The blood shall be forgiven them.
9So shall you put away the innocent
blood from the midst of you, when you shall do that which is right in the
eyes of Yahweh.
10When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and
Yahweh your God delivers them into your hands, and you carry them away
11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a
desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;
12then you shall bring
her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
13and she shall put the clothing of her captivity from off her, and shall
remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and
after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your
14It shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let
her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall
not deal with her as a slave, because you have humbled her.
15If a man
have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him
children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers
who was hated;
16then it shall be, in the day that he causes his sons to
inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved the
firstborn before the son of the hated, who is the firstborn:
shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated, by giving him a double
portion of all that he has; for he is the beginning of his strength; the
right of the firstborn is his.
18If a man have a stubborn and rebellious
son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother,
and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them;
19then shall his
father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his
city, and to the gate of his place;
20and they shall tell the elders of
his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our
voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21All the men of his city shall
stone him to death with stones: so shall you put away the evil from the midst
of you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
22If a man have committed a
sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree;
23his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely
bury him the same day; for he who is hanged is accursed of God; that you
don’t defile your land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.