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Deuteronomy

Divorce and remarriage.  Dt.24.1-4

1When a man has married a wife, but she does not win his favour because he finds something shameful in her, and he writes her a note of divorce, gives it to her and dismisses her; and suppose after leaving his house 2she goes off to become the wife of another man, 3and this next husband turns against her and writes her a note of divorce which he gives her and dismisses her, or dies after making her his wife— 4then in that case her first husband who dismissed her is not free to take her back to be his wife again after she has become for him unclean. This is abominable to the LORD; you must not bring sin upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you as your patrimony.

Additional incidental laws.  Dt.24.5-25.4

5When a man is newly married, he shall not be liable for military service or any other public duty. He shall remain at home exempt from service for one year and enjoy the wife he has taken.

6No man shall take millstones, or even the upper one alone, in pledge; that would be taking a life in pledge.

7When a man is found to have kidnapped a fellow-countryman, an Israelite, and to have treated him harshly and sold him, he shall die: you shall rid yourselves of this wickedness.

8Be careful how you act in all cases of malignant skin-disease; be careful to observe all that the levitical priests tell you; I gave them my commands which you must obey. 9Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam, on your way out of Egypt.

10When you make a loan to another man, do not enter his house to take a pledge from him. 11Wait outside, and the man whose creditor you are shall bring the pledge out to you. 12If he is a poor man, you shall not sleep in the cloak he has pledged. 13Give it back to him at sunset so that he may sleep in it and bless you; then it will be counted to your credit in the sight of the LORD your God.

14You shall not keep back the wages of a man who is poor and needy, whether a fellow-countryman or an alien living in your country in one of your settlements. 15Pay him his wages on the same day before sunset, for he is poor and his heart is set on them: he may appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

16Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their fathers; a man shall be put to death only for his own sin.

17You shall not deprive aliens and orphans of justice nor take a widow's cloak in pledge. 18Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; that is why I command you to do this.

19When you reap the harvest in your field and forget a swathe, do not go back to pick it up; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you undertake.

20When you beat your olive-trees, do not strip them afterwards; what is left shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow.

21When you gather the grapes from your vineyard, do not glean afterwards; what is left shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. 22Remember that you were slaves in Egypt; that is why I command you to do this.


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