“If you happen to come upon a bird’s nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young; you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.
“When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone falls from it.
“You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or [a]all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled.
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.
“You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.
“You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.
Laws on Morality
“If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then [b]turns against her, and charges her with shameful deeds and [c]publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’ then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. The girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he [d]turned against her; and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, “I did not find your daughter a virgin.” But [e]this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him, and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father, because he [f]publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot [g]divorce her all his days.
“But if this [h]charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her [i]to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
“If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.
“If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them [j]to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
“But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her.
“If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.
“[k]A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.
- Deuteronomy 22:9 Lit the fullness
- Deuteronomy 22:13 Lit hates her
- Deuteronomy 22:14 Lit causes an evil name to go out against her
- Deuteronomy 22:16 Lit hated her
- Deuteronomy 22:17 Lit these are
- Deuteronomy 22:19 Lit caused an evil name to go out against a virgin
- Deuteronomy 22:19 Lit send her away
- Deuteronomy 22:20 Lit matter
- Deuteronomy 22:21 Lit with stones so that she dies
- Deuteronomy 22:24 Lit with stones so that they die
- Deuteronomy 22:30 Ch 23:1 in Heb