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Go to Commentary on Deut 22
 
Caring for Property of Others

1“You must not see your brother’s ox or his sheep go astray and hide yourself from them; you must surely bring them again to your brother.
  2If your brother is not near to you or if you do not know him, then you are to bring it home to your house and it will be with you until your brother seeks after it, and you can restore it to him.
  3So you must do with his donkey and so you must do with his garment, and so you must do with every lost thing of your brother’s that he has lost and you have found; you may not hide yourself.
  4You must not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the road and hide yourself from them; you must surely help him to lift them up again.
 

Distinctions in Clothing

5“There is not to be a man’s things upon a woman, nor is a man to put on women’s clothing, for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God.
 

Various Laws

6“If a bird’s nest chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the hen sitting on the young or on the eggs, you must not take the hen with the young;
  7you must surely let the hen go, but the young you may take to yourself, that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.
  8When you build a new house, then you are to make a railing for your roof, that you do not bring blood on your house if any man fall from there.
  9Do not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole fruit be forfeited, the seed that you have sown and the increase of the vineyard.
  10Do not plow with an ox and a donkey together.
  11Do not wear a mixed stuff, wool and linen together.
  12You are to make yourselves fringes on the four borders of your cloak with which you cover yourself.
 

Laws Governing Proper Sexual Conduct

13“If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and hates her,
  14and accuses her of shameful things, and brings up an evil name on her and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn’t find in her the tokens of virginity,’
  15then will the father of the young lady, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the young lady’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate,
  16and the young lady’s father will tell the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to wife and he hates her,
  17and behold, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, “I didn’t find in your daughter the tokens of virginity,” and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity.’ They will spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
  18The elders of that city will take the man and chastise him,
  19and they will fine him 100 shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young lady, because he has brought up an evil name on a virgin of Israel, and she will be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
  20But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the young lady,
  21then they will bring out the young lady to the door of her father’s house and the men of her city will stone her to death with stones, because she has done folly in Israel to prostitute herself in her father’s house; so you must put away the evil from the midst of you.
 

22“If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they must both of them die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; so you must put away the evil from Israel.
  23If there is a young lady who is a virgin pledged to be married to a husband, and a man find her in the city and lie with her,
  24then you must bring them both out to the gate of that city and you must stone them to death with stones; the lady, because she didn’t cry out, being in the city, and the man, because he has humbled his neighbor’s wife, so you must put away the evil from the midst of you.
  25But if the man find the lady who is pledged to be married in the field, and the man force her and lie with her, then the man only who lay with her must die;
  26but to the lady you are to do nothing; there is in the lady no sin worthy of death, for as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter;
  27for he found her in the field, the pledged to be married lady cried out, and there was none to save her.
  28If a man find a lady who is a virgin, who is not pledged to be married, and lay hold on her and lie with her, and they are found,
  29then the man who lay with her must give to the lady’s father fifty shekels of silver and she must be his wife, because he has humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.
 

30“A man is not to take his father’s wife and must not uncover his father’s skirt.”
 


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