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and rebellious and refuses to obey. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all
the men of his town must stone him to death. In this way, you will purge
this evil from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid.
“If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and
hung on a tree, the body must not remain hanging from the tree overnight.
You must bury the body that same day, for anyone who is hung is cursed
in the sight of God. In this way, you will prevent the defilement of the land
the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.
“If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t
ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. If its owner does not
live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and
keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. Do
the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else
your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility.
“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road,
do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its
“A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear
women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the
Lord your God.
“If you happen to find a bird’s nest in a tree or on the ground, and there
are young ones or eggs in it with the mother sitting in the nest, do not take
the mother with the young. You may take the young, but let the mother
go, so that you may prosper and enjoy a long life.
“When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge
of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if
someone falls from the roof.
“You must not plant any other crop between the rows of your vineyard.
If you do, you are forbidden to use either the grapes from the vineyard or
the other crop.
“You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.
“You must not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven together.
“You must put four tassels on the hem of the cloak with which you cover
­yourself—­on the front, back, and sides.
“Suppose a man marries a woman, but after sleeping with her, he turns
against her and publicly accuses her of shameful conduct, saying, ‘When
I married this woman, I discovered she was not a virgin.’ Then the woman’s
father and mother must bring the proof of her virginity to the elders as
they hold court at the town gate. Her father must say to them, ‘I gave my
daughter to this man to be his wife, and now he has turned against her.

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