Bible: Deuteronomy 23:15-24:7

Purity in the Treatment of the Nonprivileged

23:15 You must not return an escaped slave to his master when he has run away to you. 1  23:16 Indeed, he may live among you in any place he chooses, in whichever of your villages 2  he prefers; you must not oppress him.

Purity in Cultic Personnel

23:17 There must never be a sacred prostitute 3  among the young women 4  of Israel nor a sacred male prostitute 5  among the young men 6  of Israel. 23:18 You must never bring the pay of a female prostitute 7  or the wage of a male prostitute 8  into the temple of the Lord your God in fulfillment of any vow, for both of these are abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Respect for Others’ Property

23:19 You must not charge interest on a loan to your fellow Israelite, 9  whether on money, food, or anything else that has been loaned with interest. 23:20 You may lend with interest to a foreigner, but not to your fellow Israelite; if you keep this command the Lord your God will bless you in all you undertake in the land you are about to enter to possess. 23:21 When you make a vow to the Lord your God you must not delay in fulfilling it, for otherwise he 10  will surely 11  hold you accountable as a sinner. 12  23:22 If you refrain from making a vow, it will not be sinful. 23:23 Whatever you vow, you must be careful to do what you have promised, such as what you have vowed to the Lord your God as a freewill offering. 23:24 When you enter the vineyard of your neighbor you may eat as many grapes as you please, 13  but you must not take away any in a container. 14  23:25 When you go into the ripe grain fields of your neighbor you may pluck off the kernels with your hand, 15  but you must not use a sickle on your neighbor’s ripe grain.

24:1 If a man marries a woman and she does not please him because he has found something offensive 16  in her, then he may draw up a divorce document, give it to her, and evict her from his house. 24:2 When she has left him 17  she may go and become someone else’s wife. 24:3 If the second husband rejects 18  her and then divorces her, 19  gives her the papers, and evicts her from his house, or if the second husband who married her dies, 24:4 her first husband who divorced her is not permitted to remarry 20  her after she has become ritually impure, for that is offensive to the Lord. 21  You must not bring guilt on the land 22  which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

24:5 When a man is newly married, he need not go into 23  the army nor be obligated in any way; he must be free to stay at home for a full year and bring joy to 24  the wife he has married.

24:6 One must not take either lower or upper millstones as security on a loan, for that is like taking a life itself as security. 25 

24:7 If a man is found kidnapping a person from among his fellow Israelites, 26  and regards him as mere property 27  and sells him, that kidnapper 28  must die. In this way you will purge 29  evil from among you.

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