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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 24

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Marriage Laws. 1“When a man,* after marrying a woman and having relations with her, is later displeased with her because he finds in her something indecent,* and therefore he writes out a bill of divorce and hands it to her, thus dismissing her from his house: 2if on leaving his house she goes and becomes the wife of another man, 3and the second husband, too, comes to dislike her and dismisses her from his house by handing her a written bill of divorce; 4or if this second man who has married her, dies; then her former husband, who dismissed her, may not again take her as his wife after she has become defiled. That would be an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring such guilt upon the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you as a heritage.

5 w Dt 20, 7 . “When a man is newly wed, he need not go out on a military expedition, nor shall any public duty be imposed on him. He shall be exempt for one year for the sake of his family, to bring joy to the wife he has married.

Justice, Equity and Charity. 6 *“No one shall take a hand mill or even its upper stone as a pledge for debt, for he would be taking the debtor's sustenance as a pledge.

7“If any man is caught kidnaping a fellow Israelite in order to enslave him and sell him, the kidnaper shall be put to death. x Ex 21, 16 . Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.

8 y Lv 13, 1–14 . “In an attack of leprosy you shall be careful to observe exactly and to carry out all the directions of the levitical priests. Take care to act in accordance with the instructions I have given them. 9 z Nm 12, 10–15 . Remember what the LORD, your God, did to Miriam on the journey after you left Egypt.

10 *“When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, you shall not enter his house to receive a pledge from him, 11but shall wait outside until the man to whom you are making the loan brings his pledge outside to you. 12If he is a poor man, you shall not sleep in the mantle he gives as a pledge, 13but shall return it to him at sunset that he himself may sleep in it. a Ex 22, 26 . Then he will bless you, and it will be a good deed of yours before the LORD, your God.

14“You shall not defraud a poor and needy hired servant, whether he be one of your own countrymen or one of the aliens who live in your communities. 15You shall pay him each day's wages before sundown on the day itself, since he is poor and looks forward to them. b 14f: Lv 19, 13; Tb 4, 15; Sir 34, 25f; Jer 22, 13 . Otherwise he will cry to the LORD against you, and you will be held guilty.

16“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their fathers; only for his own guilt shall a man be put to death. c 2 Kgs 14, 6; 2 Chr 25, 4; Ez 18, 20 .

17“You shall not violate the rights of the alien or of the orphan, nor take the clothing of a widow as a pledge. d Ex 22, 22; 23, 9 . 18For, remember, you were once slaves in Egypt, and the LORD, your God, ransomed you from there; that is why I command you to observe this rule.

19 e 19ff: Lv 19. 9f; 23, 22 . “When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf there, you shall not go back to get it; let it be for the alien, the orphan or the widow, that the LORD, your God, may bless you in all your undertakings. 20When you knock down the fruit of your olive trees, you shall not go over the branches a second time; let what remains be for the alien, the orphan and the widow. 21When you pick your grapes, you shall not go over the vineyard a second time; let what remains be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. 22For remember that you were once slaves in Egypt; that is why I command you to observe this rule.

Notes:

w: Dt 20, 7 .

x: Ex 21, 16 .

y: Lv 13, 1–14 .

z: Nm 12, 10–15 .

a: Ex 22, 26 .

b: 14f: Lv 19, 13; Tb 4, 15; Sir 34, 25f; Jer 22, 13 .

c: 2 Kgs 14, 6; 2 Chr 25, 4; Ez 18, 20 .

d: Ex 22, 22; 23, 9 .

e: 19ff: Lv 19. 9f; 23, 22 .

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