Bible: Deut 25:5-10

Respect for the Sanctity of Others

25:5 If brothers live together and one of them dies without having a son, the dead man’s wife must not remarry someone outside the family. Instead, her late husband’s brother must go to her, marry her, 1  and perform the duty of a brother-in-law. 2  25:6 Then 3  the first son 4  she bears will continue the name of the dead brother, thus preventing his name from being blotted out of Israel. 25:7 But if the man does not want to marry his brother’s widow, then she 5  must go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to preserve his brother’s name in Israel; he is unwilling to perform the duty of a brother-in-law to me! 25:8 Then the elders of his city must summon him and speak to him. If he persists, saying, “I don’t want to marry her,” 25:9 then his sister-in-law must approach him in view of the elders, remove his sandal from his foot, and spit in his face. 6  She will then respond, “Thus may it be done to any man who does not maintain his brother’s family line! 7  25:10 His family name will be referred to 8  in Israel as “the family 9  of the one whose sandal was removed.” 10 

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