If one be 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:
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the
cities which are round about him that is slain:
And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of
that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not
drawn in the yoke;
And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which
is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer’s neck there in the
And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath
chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word
shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:
And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their
hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our
eyes seen it.
Be merciful, 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
So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt
do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath
delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that
thou wouldest have her to thy wife;
Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and
pare her nails;
And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in
thine house, 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 thy wife.
And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither
she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise
of her, because thou hast humbled her.
If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him
children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was
Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he
may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is
indeed the firstborn:
But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a
double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right
of the firstborn is his.
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his
father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not
hearken unto them:
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the
elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
And they shall say unto 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.
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou
put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death,
and thou hang him on a tree:
His body shall not remain 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.