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discovered something wrong with her, he writes a document of divorce,
hands it to her, and sends her away from his house. When she leaves his
house, she is free to marry another man. But if the second husband also
turns against her, writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends
her away, or if he dies, the first husband may not marry her again, for she
has been defiled. That would be detestable to the Lord. You must not
bring guilt upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special
possession.
“A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or be given any
other official responsibilities. He must be free to spend one year at home,
bringing happiness to the wife he has married.
“It is wrong to take a set of millstones, or even just the upper millstone,
as security for a loan, for the owner uses it to make a living.
“If anyone kidnaps a fellow Israelite and treats him as a slave or sells
him, the kidnapper must die. In this way, you will purge the evil from
among you.
“In all cases involving serious skin diseases, be careful to follow the instructions of the Levitical priests; obey all the commands I have given
them. Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam as you were
coming from Egypt.
“If you lend anything to your neighbor, do not enter his house to pick
up the item he is giving as security. You must wait outside while he goes in
and brings it out to you. If your neighbor is poor and gives you his cloak
as security for a loan, do not keep the cloak overnight. Return the cloak to
its owner by sunset so he can stay warm through the night and bless you,
and the Lord your God will count you as righteous.
“Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are
fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns. You must pay them their
wages each day before sunset because they are poor and are counting on
it. If you don’t, they might cry out to the Lord against you, and it would
be counted against you as sin.
“Parents must not be put to death for the sins of their children, nor children for the sins of their parents. Those deserving to die must be put to
death for their own crimes.
“True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow’s garment as security for her
debt. Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord
your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you
this command.
“When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle
of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, ­orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all





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