Deuteronomy 21
American Standard Version
The Atonement for An Unsolved Murder

1If one be found slain in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him; 2then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain: 3and it shall be, that the city which is nearest unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke; 4and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley. 5And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Jehovah thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of Jehovah; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. 6And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 8Forgive, O Jehovah, thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and suffer not innocent blood to remain in the midst of thy people Israel. And the blood shall be forgiven them. 9So shalt thou put away the innocent blood from the midst of thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah.

Marrying a Captive Woman

10When thou goest forth to battle against thine enemies, and Jehovah thy God delivereth them into thy hands, and thou carriest them away captive, 11and seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and thou hast a desire unto her, and wouldest take her to thee to wife; 12then thou shalt bring her home to thy house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 13and she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. 14And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not deal with her as a slave, because thou hast humbled her.

Inheritance Rights of the Firstborn

15If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born son be hers that was hated; 16then it shall be, in the day that he causeth his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved the first-born before the son of the hated, who is the first-born: 17but he shall acknowledge the first-born, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath; for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the first-born is his.

A Rebellious Son

18If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them; 19then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21And all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones: so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Cursed is Anyone Hung on a Tree

22And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree; 23his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God; that thou defile not thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. The Atonement for an Unsolved Murder
10. The usage of a captive taken to wife
15. The firstborn is not to be disinherited upon private affection
18. A rebellious son is to be stoned to death
22. The malefactor must not hang all night on a tree
Deuteronomy 1: The Command to Leave Sinai

Deuteronomy 2: Wanderings in the Wilderness

Deuteronomy 3: King Og Defeated

Deuteronomy 4: An Exhortation to Obedience

Deuteronomy 5: The Covenant in Horeb

Deuteronomy 6: The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 7: Casting Out the Nations

Deuteronomy 8: Remember the Lord Your God

Deuteronomy 9: Assurance of Victory

Deuteronomy 10: The New Tablets of Stone

Deuteronomy 11: Rewards of Obedience

Deuteronomy 12: One Place for Worship

Deuteronomy 13: Idolaters to Be Put to Death

Deuteronomy 14: Clean and Unclean Animals

Deuteronomy 15: The Seventh Year

Deuteronomy 16: The Feast of the Passover

Deuteronomy 17: Detestable Sacrifices

Deuteronomy 18: Provision for Priests and Levites

Deuteronomy 19: The Cities of Refuge

Deuteronomy 20: Laws of Warfare

Deuteronomy 21: The Atonement for An Unsolved Murder

Deuteronomy 22: Various Laws

Deuteronomy 23: Exclusion From the Congregation

Deuteronomy 24: Law of Divorce

Deuteronomy 25: Laws of Fairness

Deuteronomy 26: Offering Firstfruits and Tithes

Deuteronomy 27: The Altar on Mount Ebal

Deuteronomy 28: The Blessings of Obedience

Deuteronomy 29: The Covenant in Moab

Deuteronomy 30: Restoration Promised

Deuteronomy 31: Moses Encourages the People

Deuteronomy 32: The Song of Moses

Deuteronomy 33: The Majesty of God

Deuteronomy 34: The Death of Moses

Deuteronomy 20
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