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Of the year of release ; DEUTERONOMY. and of an Hebrew serrat. that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy! 9 Beware that there be not a thought in God alway.

Ithy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, · 24 And if the way be too long for thee, the year of release, is at hand; and thine so that thou art not able to carry it ; or if eye be evil against thy poor brother, and the place be too far from thee, which the thou givest him nought; and he cry unto LORD thy God shall choose to set his name the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee. thee: .

10 Thou shalt surely give him, and 25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, thine heart shall not be grieved when thou and bind up the money in thine hand, and givest unto him : because that for this thing shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy God shall choose:

works, and in all that thou puttest thine 26 And thou shalt bestow that money hand unto. for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for 11 For the poor shall never cease out of oxen, or for sneep, or for wine, or for strong the land : therefore I command thee, saydrink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: ing, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and in thy land. thine household.

112' And if thv brother, an Hebrew 27 And the Levite that is within thy man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto gates ; thou shalt not forsake him: for he thee, and serve thee six years; then in the hath no part nor inheritance with thee. seventh year thou shalt let him go free from

28 | At the end of three years thou shalt thee. bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the 13 And when thou sendest him out free same year, and shalt lay it up within thy from thee, thou shalt not let him go away gates :

empty: 29 And the Levite, (because he hath no 14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out part nor inheritance with thee,) and the of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, of thy wine-press: of that wherewith the which are within thy gates, shall come, and LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt shall eat and be satisfied ; that the LORD give unto him. thy God may bless thee in all the work of 15 And thou shalt remember that thou thine hand which thou doest.

wast a bond-man in the land of Egypt, and CHAP. XV.

the LORD thy God redeemed thee: thereA T the end of every seven years thou fore I command thee this thing to-day. A shalt make a release.

16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, 2 And this is the manner of the release: I will not go away from thee; because he Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his loveth thee and thỉne house, because he is neighbour, shall release it; he shall not ex-well with thee; act it of his neighbour, or of his brother; 17 Then thou shalt take an awl, and because it is called the Lord's release. thrust it through his ear unto the door, and

3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it he shall be thy servant for ever. And also again : but that which is thine with thy unto thy maid-servant thou shalt do likebrother thine hand shall release :

wise. 4 Save when there shall be no poor 18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when among you; for the LORD shall greatly thou sendest him away free from thee: for bless thee in the land which the LORD thy he hath been worth a double hired servant God giveth thee for an inheritance to posto thee, in serving thee six years : and the sess it :

LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that 5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto thou doest. the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe 19 1 All the firstling males that come of to do all these commandments which I thy herd and of thy Hock thou shalt sanccommand thee this day.

tify unto the Lord thy God: thou shalt do 6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as no work with the firstling of thy bullock, Jie promised thee : and thou shalt lend un- nor shear the firstling of thy sheep. to many nations, but thou shalt not borrow;/ 20 Thou shalt eat it before the LORD and thou shalt reign over many nations, but thy God year by year in the place which hey shall not reign over thee.

the LORD shall choose, thou and thy house7 If there be among you a poor man hold. of one of thy brethren within any of thy 21 And if there be any blemish therein, gates in thy land which the LORD thy God as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor LORD thy God. brother:

| 22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates : 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide the unclean and the clean person shall eat unto him, and shalt surely lend him suffi- it alike, as the roe-buck, and as the hart. cient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood


The feast of the passover. CHAP. XVI, XVII. Idolaters must be slain. thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground the Levite, the stranger, and the fatheras vater.

Jless, and the widow, that are within thy CHAP. XVI.

gates: OBSERVE the month of Abib, and 15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn

keep the passover unto the LORD thy feast unto the LORD thy God in the place God : for in the month of Abib the LORD which the LORD shall choose : because the thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine by night.

increase, and in all the works of thine hands, 2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the pass-therefore thou shalt surely rejoice. over unto the LORD thy God, of the flock 16 " Three times in a year shall all thy and the herd, in the place which the LORD males appear before the LORD thy God in shall choose to place his name there. the place which he shall choose; in the

3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; and they shall not appear before the LORD for thou camest forth out of the land of empty Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remem- 17 Every man shall give as he is able, ber the day when thou camest forth out of according to the blessing of the LORD thy the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. God which he hath given thee.

4 And there shall be no leavened bread 18 1 Judges and officers shalt thou make seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy neither shall there any thing of the flesh, God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes : and which thou sacrificedst the first day at they shall judge the people with just judg. eren, remain all night until the morning. ment.

5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the pass. 19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou orer within any of thy gates, which the shalt not respect persons, neither take a LORD thy God giveth thee;

gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the 6 But at the place which the LORD thy wise, and pervert the words of the rightGod shall choose to place bis name in, there eous. thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at 20 That which is altogether just shalt the going down of the sun, at the season thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inthat thou camest forth out of Egypt. herit the land which the LORD thy God

7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the giveth thee. place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 21 I Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go any trees near unto the altar of the LORD unto thy tents.

thy God, which thou shalt make thee.. 8 Sis days thou shalt eat unleavened 22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any bread: and on the seventh day shall be a image; which the LORD thy God hateth. solemn assembly to the Lord thy God : thou

CHAP. xvi. shalt do no work therein,

IT HOU shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD 9 Seren weeks shalt thou number unto 1 thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherethee : begin to number the seven weeks in is blemish, or any evil favouredness : from such time as thou beginnest to put the for that is an abomination unto the LORD sickle to the corn.

thy God. 10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks 2 1 If there be found among you, within into the LORD thy God with a tribute of a any of thy gates which the LORD thy God freewill-offering of thine hand, which thou giveth thee, man or woman that hath shalt give unto the LORD thy God, ac-wrought wickedness in the sight of the cording as the LORD thy God hath blessed LORD thy God, in transgressing his covethee:

nant, 11 And thou shalt rejoice before the 3 And hath gone and served other gods, LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy and worshipped them, either the sun, or daughter, and thy man-servant, and thy moon, or any of the host of heaven, which maid-servant, and the Levite that is within I have not commanded; thy gates, and the stranger, and the father- 4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard less, and the widow, that are among you, of it, and inquired diligently, and behold, in the place which the LORD thy God hath it be true, and the thing certain, that such chosen to place his name there.

abomination is wrought in Israel: 12 And thou shalt remember that thou 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man wast a bond-man in Egypt: and thou shalt or that woman, which have committed that observe and do these statutes.

wicked thing, unto thy gates, cven that man 13 I Thou shalt observe the feast of ta- or that woman, and shalt stone them with bernacles seven days, after that thou hast stones, till they die. gathered in thy corn, and thy wine. 16 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three

14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy fcast, witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and be put to death ; but at the mouth of ono I thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, and witness he shall not be put to death.

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Election and duty of a king. DEUTERONOMY. "The Levite's portion.

7 The hands of the witnesses shall be his brethren, and that he turn not aside first upon him to put him to death, and af- from the commandment to the right hand terward the hands of all the people. So or to the left: to the end that he may prothou shalt put the evil away from among long his days in his kingdom, he, and his

children, in the midst of Israel. 8 | If there arise a matter too hard for

CHAP. XVIIT. thee in judgment, between blood and blood, THE pricsts the Levites, and all the tribe between plea and plea, and between stroke 1 of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritand stroke, being matters of controversy ance with Israel : they shall eat the offerings within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and of the Lord made by fire, and his inheritget thee up into the place which the LORD ance. thy God shall choose;

2 Therefore shall they have no inherit9 And thou shalt come unto the priests ance among their brethren : the LORD is the Levites, and unto the judge that shall their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. be in those days, and inquire; and they 3 [ And this shall be the priest's due shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: from the people, from them that offer a

10 And thou shalt do according to the sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and sentence, which they of that place which they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and the two cheeks, and the maw. and thou shalt observe to do according to 4 The first-fruit also of thy corn, of thy all that they inform thee:

wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the 11 According to the sentence of the law fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. which they shall teach thee, and according 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen to the judgment which they shall tell thee, him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minis. thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from ter in the name of the LORD, him and his the sentence which they shall shew thee, sons for ever. to the right hand, nor to the left.

6. And if a Levite come from any of 12 And the man that will do presump- thy gates out of all Israel, where he sotuously, and will not hearken unto the journed, and come with all the desire of his priest that standeth to minister there be- mind unto the place which the Lord shall fore the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, choose; even that man shall die : and thou shalt put 7 Then he shall minister in the name of away the evil from Israel.

the Lord his God, as all bis brethren the 13 And all the people shall hear, and Levites do, which stand there before the fear, and do no more presumptuously. LORD.

14 When thou art come unto the land 8 They shall have like portions to eat, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and beside that which cometh of the sale of shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and his patrimony. shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as 9'I When thou art come into the land all the nations that are about me;

which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king shalt not learn to do after the abominations over thee whom the LORD thy God shall of those nations. choose : one from among thy brethren shalt 10 There shall not be found among you thou set king over thee: thou mayest not any one that maketh his son or his daughset a stranger over thee, which is not thy ter to pass through the fire, or that useth brother.

(divination, or an observer of times, or an 16 But he shall not multiply horses to enchanter, or a witch, himself, nor cause the people to return to 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with faEgypt, to the end that he should multiply miliar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromanhorses : forasmuch as the LORD hath said cer. unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no 12 For all that do these things are an more that way.

abomination unto the Lord, and because of 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to these abominations the LORD thy God doth himself, that his heart turn not away: nei-drive them out from before thee. ther shall he greatly multiply to himself. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD silver and gold.

thy God. 18 And it shall be when he sitteth upon 14 For these nations, which thou shalt the throne of his kingdom, that he shall possess, hearkened unto observers of times, write him a copy of this law in a book out and unto diviners: but as for thee, the of that which is before the priests the Le LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so vites.

to do. 19 And it shall be with him, and he 15 4 The LORD thy God will raise up shall read therein all the days of his life : unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, that he may learn to fear the LORD his of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him God, to keep all the words of this law and ye shall hearken. these statutes, to do them :

16 According to all that thou desiredst 20 That his heart be not lifted up above of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day The cities of refuge. CHAP. XIX, XX. Punishment of a false witness. of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear ments to do them, which I command thee again the voice of the LORD my God, nei- this day, to love the LORD thy God, and tus ther let me see this great fire any more, walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add that I die not.

three cities more for thee, beside these 17 And the LORD said unto me, They three : bare well spoken that which they have 10 That innocent blood be not shed in spoken.

thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from thee for an inheritance, and so blood be among their brethren, like unto thee, and upon thee. will put my words in his mouth; and he 11 [ But if any man hate his neighbour, shall speak unto them all that I shall com- ad lie in wait for him, and rise up against mand him.

him, and smite him mortally that he die, 19 And it shall come to pass, that who and fleeth into one of these cities : soever will not hearken unto my words 12 Then the elders of his city shall send which he shall speak in my name, I will and fetch him thence, and deliver him into require it of him.

the hand of the avenger of blood, that he 20 S But the prophet, which shall pre- may die. sume to speak a word in my name, which 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou I have not commanded him to speak, or shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood that shall speak in the name of other gods, from Israel, that it may go well with thee. eren that prophet shall die.

| 14 Thou shalt not remove thy neigh21 { And if thou say in thine heart, How bour's land-mark, which they of old time shall we know the word which the LORD have set in thine inheritance, which thou hath not spoken?

shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name God giveth thee to possess it. of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor 151 One witness shall not rise up come to pass, that is the thing which the against a man for any iniquity, or for any LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the hath spoken it presumptuously : thou shalt mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth not be afraid of him.

of three witnesses, shall the matter be estaCHAP. XIX.

blished W H EN the LORD thy God hath cut off 16 [If a false witness rise up against

the nations, whose land the Lord any man to testify against him that which thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest is wrong; them, and dwellest in their cities, and in 17 T'hen both the men between whom the their houses;

controversy is shall stand before the LORD, 2 Thou shalt separate three cities for before the priests, and the judges, which thee in the midst of thy land which the shall be in those days; lord thy God giveth thee to possess it. 18 And the judges shall make diligent

3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and inquisition: and behold, if the witness be divide the coasts of thy land which the a false witness, and hath testified falsely LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into against his brother; three parts, that every slayer may flee19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thither.

I thought to have done unto his brother: so 4 ? And this is the case of the slayer, shalt thou put the evil away from among which shall flee thither, that he may live : you.

whom he hateth not in time past;

and fear, and shall henceforth commit no 5 As when a man goeth into the wood more any such evil among you. with his neighbour to hew wood, and his 21 And thine eye shall not pity; but life hand fetcheth a stroke with the ax to cut shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, down the tree, and the head slippeth from hand for hand, foot for foot. the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour,

CHAP. XX. that he die; he shall flee unto one of these W H EN thou goest out to battle against cities, and live :

V thine enemies, and seest horses, and 6 Lest the avenger of blood pursue the chariots, and a people more than thou, be not slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is him, because the way is long, and slay him ; with thee, which brought thee up out of the whereas he was not worthy of death, inas- land of Egypt. much as he hated him not in time past. 2 And it shall be when ye are come nigh

7 Wherefore I command thee, saying, unto the battle, that the priest shall apThou shalt separate three cities for thee. proach and speak unto the people,

8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy 3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Is coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, rael, ye approach this day unto battle and give thee all the land which he pro- against your enemies: let not your hearts mised to give unto thy fathers;

faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither 9 If thou shalt keep all these command-lbe ye terrified because of them;


The devoted cities.

DEUTERONOMY. Of uncertain murder. 4 For the LORD your God is he that go- long time in making war against it to take eth with you, to fight for you against your it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof enemies, to save you.

by forcing an ax against them; for thou 5 1 And the officers shall speak unto the mayest eat of them: and thou shalt not cut people, saying, What man is there that hath them down (for the tree of the field is man's built a new house, and hath not dedicated life) to employ them in the siege : it ? let him go and return unto his house, 20 Only the trees which thou knowest lest he die in the battle, and another man that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt dedicate it.

destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt 6 And what man is he that hath planted build bulwarks against the city that maketh a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? war with thee, until it be subdued. let him also go and return unto his house,

CHAP. XXI. lest he die in the battle, and another man TF one be found slain in the land which eat of it.

11 the LORD thy God giveth thee to pos7 And what man is there that hath be- sess it, lying in the field, and it be not trothed a wife, and hath not taken her ? let known who hath slain him : him go and return unto his house, lest he 2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall die in the battle, and another man take come forth, and they shall measure unto

the cities which are round about him that 8 And the officers shall speak further is slain: unto the people, and they shall say, What 3 And it shall be that the city which is man is there that is fearful and faint-heart- next unto the slain man, even the elders of ed? let him go and return unto his house, that city shah take an heiser which hath lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his not been wrought with, and which hath heart.

not drawn in the yoke; 9 And it shall be, when the officers have 4 And the elders of that city shall bring made an end of speaking unto the people, down the heifer unto a rough valley, which that they shall make captains of the armies is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike to lead the people.

off the heiser's neck there in the valley ; 10 ( When thou comest nigh unto a city 5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto come near, (for them the LORD thy God hath it.

chosen to minister unto him, and to bless 11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer in the name of the LORD,) and by their word of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall shall every controversy and every stroke be be, that all the people that is found therein, tried; shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall 6 And all the elders of that city that are serve thee.

next unto the slain man, shall wash their 12 And if it will make no peace with hands over the heifer that is beheaded in thee, but will make war against thee, then the valley : thou shalt besiege it;

7 And they shall answer and say, Our 13 And when the LORD thy God hath hands have not shed this blood, neither have delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt our eves seen it. smite every male thereof with the edge of 8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people the sword:

Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay 14 But the women, and the little ones, not innocent blood unto thy people of Isand the cattle, and all that is in the city, rael's charge. And the blood shall be foreven all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take given them. unto thyself: and thou shalt eat the spoil 9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of inof thine enemies, which the LORD thy God nocent blood from among you, when thou hath given thee.

Ishalt do that which is right in the sight of 15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities the LORD. which are very far off from thee, which are 10 When thou goest forth to war not of the cities of these nations.

against thine enemies, and the LORD thy 16 | But of the cities of these people God hath delivered them into thine hands, wbich the LORD thy God doth give thee and thou hast taken them captive,

for an inheritance, thou shalt save alire 11 And seest among the captives a beaunothing that breatheth:

tiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, 17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife: namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the 12 Then thou shalt bring her home to Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, thine house, and she shall shave her head, and the Jebusites, as the LORD thy God and pare her nails : hath commanded thee:

., 13 And she shall put the raiment of her 18 That they teach you not to do after captivity from off her, and shall remain in all their abominations which they have thine house, and bewail her father and her done unto their gods; so should ye sin mother a full month: and after that, thou against the LORD your God.

shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, 19 1 When thou shalt besiege a city aland she shall be thy wife.

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