ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 131



22:16–23:5
E x od u s
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And no compensation is required if the animal was rented, for this loss is
covered by the rental fee.
“If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and has sex with
her, he must pay the customary bride price and marry her. But if her father
refuses to let him marry her, the man must still pay him an amount equal
to the bride price of a virgin.
“You must not allow a sorceress to live.
“Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must certainly be put
to death.
“Anyone who sacrifices to any god other than the Lord must be
destroyed.
“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember,
you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. If you exploit them in any
way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger
will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives
will be widows and your children fatherless.
“If you lend money to any of my people who are in need, do not charge
interest as a money lender would. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as
security for a loan, you must return it before sunset. This coat may be the
only blanket your neighbor has. How can a person sleep without it? If you
do not return it and your neighbor cries out to me for help, then I will hear,
for I am merciful.
“You must not dishonor God or curse any of your rulers.
“You must not hold anything back when you give me offerings from
your crops and your wine.
“You must give me your firstborn sons.
“You must also give me the firstborn of your cattle, sheep, and goats.
But leave the newborn animal with its mother for seven days; then give it
to me on the eighth day.
“You must be my holy people. Therefore, do not eat any animal that has
been torn up and killed by wild animals. Throw it to the dogs.
“You must not pass along false rumors. You must not cooperate with evil
people by lying on the witness stand.
“You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to
testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice. And do
not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor.
“If you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey that has strayed away,
take it back to its owner. If you see that the donkey of someone who hates
you has collapsed under its load, do not walk by. Instead, stop and help.





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