THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Deuteronomy (Author Moses)

23:1¤ An eunuch, whose testicles are broken or cut away, or yard cut off, shall not enter into the church of the Lord.

23:2A mamzer, that is to say, one born of a prostitute, shall not enter into the church of the Lord, until the tenth generation.

23:3The Ammonite and the Moabite, even after the tenth generation shall not enter into the church of the Lord for ever:

23:4Because they would not meet you with bread and water in the way, when you came out of Egypt: and because they hired against thee Balaam, the son of Beor, from Mesopotamia in Syria, to curse thee.

23:5And the Lord thy God would not hear Balaam, and he turned his cursing into thy blessing, because he loved thee.

23:6Thou shalt not make peace with them, neither shalt thou seek their prosperity all the days of thy life for ever.

23:7Thou shalt not abhor the Edomite, because he is thy brother: nor the Egyptian, because thou wast a stranger in his land.

23:8They that are born of them, in the third generation shall enter into the church of the Lord.

23:9When thou goest out to war against thy enemies, thou shalt keep thyself from every evil thing.

23:10If there be among you any man, that is defiled in a dream by night, he shall go forth out of the camp,

23:11And shall not return, before he be washed with water in the evening: and after sunset he shall return into the camp.

23:12Thou shalt have a place without the camp, to which thou mayst go for the necessities of nature,

23:13Carrying a paddle at thy girdle. And when thou sittest down, thou shalt dig round about, and with the earth that is dug up thou shalt cover

23:14That which thou art eased of: (for the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thy enemies to thee:) and let thy camp be holy, and let no uncleanness appear therein, lest he go away from thee.

23:15Thou shalt not deliver to his master the servant that is fled to thee.

23:16He shall dwell with thee in the place that shall please him, and shall rest in one of thy cities: give him no trouble.

23:17There shall be no whore among the daughters of Israel, nor whoremonger among the sons of Israel.

23:18Thou shalt not offer the hire of a strumpet, nor the price of a dog, in the house of the Lord thy God, whatsoever it be that thou hast vowed: because both these are an abomination to the Lord thy God.

23:19Thou shalt not lend to thy brother money to usury, nor corn, nor any other thing:

23:20But to the stranger. To thy brother thou shalt lend that which he wanteth, without usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all thy works in the land, which thou shalt go in to possess.

23:21When thou hast made a vow to the Lord thy God, thou shalt not delay to pay it: because the Lord thy God will require it. And if thou delay, it shall be imputed to thee for a sin.

23:22If thou wilt not promise, thou shalt be without sin.

23:23But that which is once gone out of thy lips, thou shalt observe, and shalt do as thou hast promised to the Lord thy God, and hast spoken with thy own will and with thy own mouth.

23:24Going into thy neighbour's vineyard, thou mayst eat as many grapes as thou pleasest: but must carry none out with thee:

23:25If thou go into thy friend's corn, thou mayst break the ears, and rub them in thy hand: but not reap them with a sickle.

24:1¤ If a man take a wife, and have her, and she find not favour in his eyes, for some uncleanness: he shall write a bill of divorce, and shall give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

24:2And when she is departed, and marrieth another husband,

24:3And he also hateth her, and hath given her a bill of divorce, and hath sent her out of his house or is dead:

24:4The former husband cannot take her again to wife: because she is defiled, and is become abominable before the Lord: lest thou cause thy land to sin, which the Lord thy God shall give thee to possess.

24:5When a man hath lately taken a wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall any public business be enjoined him, but he shall be free at home without fault, that for one year he may rejoice with his wife.

24:6Thou shalt not take the nether, nor the upper millstone to pledge: for he hath pledged his life to thee.

24:7If any man be found soliciting his brother of the children of Israel, and selling him shall take a price, he shall be put to death, and thou shalt take away the evil from the midst of thee.

24:8Observe diligently that thou incur not the stroke of the leprosy, but thou shalt do whatsoever the priests of the Levitical race shall teach thee, according to what I have commanded them, and fulfil thou it carefully.

24:9Remember what the Lord your God did to Mary, in the way when you came out of Egypt.

24:10When thou shalt demand of thy neighbour any thing that he oweth thee, thou shalt not go into his house to take away a pledge:

24:11But thou shalt stand without, and he shall bring out to thee what he hath.

24:12But if he be poor, the pledge shall not lodge with thee that night,

24:13But thou shalt restore it to him presently before the going down of the sun: that he may sleep in his own raiment and bless thee, and thou mayst have justice before the Lord thy God.

24:14Thou shalt not refuse the hire of the needy, and the poor, whether he be thy brother, or a stranger that dwelleth with thee in the land, and is within thy gates:

24:15But thou shalt pay him the price of his labour the same day, before the going down of the sun, because he is poor, and with it maintaineth his life: lest he cry against thee to the Lord, and it be reputed to thee for a sin.

24:16The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children for the fathers, but every one shall die for his own sin,

24:17Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger nor of the fatherless, neither shalt thou take away the widow's raiment for a pledge.

24:18Remember that thou wast a slave in Egypt, and the Lord thy God delivered thee from thence. Therefore I command thee to do this thing.

24:19When thou hast reaped the corn in thy field, and hast forgot and left a sheaf, thou shalt not return to take it away: but thou shalt suffer the stranger, and the fatherless and the widow to take it away: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works of thy hands.

24:20If thou have gathered the fruit of thy olive trees, thou shalt not return to gather whatsoever remaineth on the trees: but shalt leave it for the stranger, for the fatherless, and the widow.

24:21If thou make the vintage of thy vineyard, thou shalt not gather the clusters that remain, but they shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.

24:22Remember that thou also wast a bondman in Egypt, and therefore I command thee to do this thing.

25:1¤ If there be a controversy between men, and they call upon the judges: they shall give the prize of justice to him whom they perceive to be just: and him whom they find to be wicked, they shall condemn of wickedness.

25:2And if they see that the offender be worthy of stripes: they shall lay him down, and shall cause him to be beaten before them. According to the measure of the sin shall the measure also of the stripes be:

25:3Yet so, that they exceed not the number of forty: lest thy brother depart shamefully torn before thy eyes.

25:4Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out thy corn on the floor.

25:5When brethren dwell together, and one of them dieth without children, the wife of the deceased shall not marry to another: but his brother shall take her, and raise up seed for his brother:

25:6And the first son he shall have of her he shall call by his name, that his name be not abolished out of Israel.

25:7But if he will not take his brother's wife, who by law belongeth to him, the woman shall go to the gate of the city, and call upon the ancients, and say: My husband's brother refuseth to raise up his brother's name in Israel: and will not take me to wife.

25:8And they shall cause him to be sent for forthwith, and shall ask him. If he answer: I will not take her to wife:

25:9The woman shall come to him before the ancients, and shall take off his shoe from his foot, and spit in his face, and say: So shall it be done to the man that will not build up his brother's house:

25:10And his name shall be called in Israel, the house of the unshod.

25:11If two men have words together, and one begin to fight against the other, and the other's wife willing to deliver her husband out of the hand of the stronger, shall put forth her hand, and take him by the secrets,

25:12Thou shalt cut off her hand, neither shalt thou be moved with any pity in her regard.

25:13Thou shalt not have divers weights in thy bag, a greater and a less:

25:14Neither shall there be in thy house a greater bushel and a less.

25:15Thou shalt have a just and a true weight, and thy bushel shall be equal and true: that thou mayest live a long time upon the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee.

25:16For the Lord thy God abhorreth him that doth these things, and he hateth all injustice.

25:17Remember what Amalec did to thee in the way when thou camest out of Egypt:

25:18How he met thee: and slew the hindmost of the army, who sat down, being weary, when thou wast spent with hunger and labour, and he feared not God.

25:19Therefore when the Lord thy God shall give thee rest, and shall have subdued all the nations round about in the land which he hath promised thee: thou shalt blot out his name from under heaven. See thou forget it not.



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