Purging Innocent Blood
1“Suppose a slain person is found fallen in a field, on the land Adonai your God is giving you to possess—who struck him is unknown.
2Then your elders and judges must come out and measure the distance to the towns that are around the slain one.
3Now the town nearest to the slain one—the elders of that city are to take from the herd a heifer that has not been used for work or pulled a yoke.
4Then the elders of that city are to bring the heifer down to a flowing wadi that has not been plowed or sown, and break the heifer’s neck there in the wadi.
5The kohanim, the sons of Levi, will come forward—for Adonai your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His Name, and by their mouth every dispute and assault is to be settled.
6All the elders of that city nearest to the slain one will wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the wadi.
7Then they will answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see.
8Grant atonement for Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, Adonai, and do not put innocent blood on Your people Israel.’ Then atonement will be granted to them for the blood.
9So you will purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in Adonai’s sight.
When You Go Out
10“When you go out to war against your enemies, and Adonai your God hands them over to you and you take them captive,
11suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire her and would take her as a wife for yourself.
12Then you are to bring her into your house, and she must shave her head, trim her nails,
13and remove her captive’s clothing, then sit in your house and weep for her father and mother a full month. After that, you may go to her and become her husband and she will be your wife.
14Now if you are not pleased with her, then you may send her off wherever she wishes. But you must certainly not sell her for silver—you may not treat her as merchandise, since you have humiliated her.
15“Suppose a man has two wives—the one loved and the other unloved—and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons. But it happens that the firstborn son belongs to the unloved wife.
16Now on the day he lets his sons inherit what he has, he must not treat the loved one’s son as firstborn, in place of the unloved one’s son, who is the firstborn.
17Rather, he must acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated one, by giving him a double portion of all that he has. For he is the first of his vigor—the right of the firstborn is his.
18“Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not listen to the voice of his father or mother. They discipline him, but he does not listen to them.
19Then his father and mother are to grab hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city—to the gate of his place.
20They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious—he does not listen to our voice. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’
21Then all the men of his city are to stone him with stones to death. So you will purge the evil from your midst—and all Israel will hear and be afraid.
Hung on a Tree
22“Suppose a man is guilty of a sin with a death sentence and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree.
23His body is not to remain all night on the tree—instead you must certainly bury him the same day, for anyone hanged is a curse of God. You must not defile your land that Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance.