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Fairness and Mercy

1“If there is a controversy between people and they go to court, and the judges judge them, then they are to declare as righteous the righteous one, and declare as guilty the guilty one.
  2And it will be, if the guilty one is worthy to be beaten, that the judge is to make him lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, and by number.
  3He may give him 40 lashes. He is not to exceed that number, lest, if he should exceed it and beat him with many more lashes than these, then your brother would be contemptable in your eyes.

4“You are not to muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain.

Preserving the Family Line

5“If brothers live together and one of them dies but has no son, the wife of the dead may not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband’s brother is to go in to her and take her to himself as a wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.
  6Now it is to be that the firstborn whom she bears will carry on the name of his father’s dead brother so that his name is not blotted out of Israel.

7But if the man does not want to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife is to go up to the gate of the city, to the elders, and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’
  8Then the elders of his city are to call him and speak to him, and if he stands there and says, ‘I do not want to take her,’
  9then his brother’s wife is to approach him in the presence of the elders and take off his sandal from his foot and spit in his face. Then she is to answer and say, ‘This is what is done to the man who does not build up the house of his brother!’
  10And his name is to be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who has his sandal taken off.’

11“When men fight together, a man with his brother, and the wife of the one comes near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who is hitting him, and she stretches out her hand and takes him by the genitals,
  12then you are to cut off her hand; your eye must have no pity.

Honest Weights and Measures

13“You are not to have in your bag differing weights, a great and a small.
  14You are not to have in your house differing measures, a great and a small.
  15You are to have a perfect and equal stone weight, you are to have a perfect and equal measure, in order that your days will be long on the soil that Yahweh your God is giving you.
  16For everyone who does such things, everyone who deals dishonestly, are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

17“Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt,
  18how he met you on the way and cut off your tail—all those who were lagging behind you—when you were faint and weary, and he did not fear God.
  19Therefore it will be, when Yahweh your God has given you rest from all your enemies all around in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you as an inheritance, to possess it, that you are to blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven; do not forget.”

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