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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 25

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1“When men have a dispute and bring it to court, and a decision is handed down to them acquitting the innocent party and condemning the guilty party, 2if the latter deserves stripes, the judge shall have him lie down and in his presence receive the number of stripes his guilt deserves. 3Forty stripes* may be given him, but no more; f 2 Cor 11, 24 . lest, if he were beaten with more stripes than these, your kinsman should be looked upon as disgraced because of the severity of the beating.

4 *“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out grain. g 1 Cor 9, 9; 1 Tm 5, 18 .

Levirate Marriage. 5“When brothers live together*and one of them dies without a son, the widow of the deceased shall not marry anyone outside the family; but her husband's brother shall go to her and perform the duty of a brother‐in‐law by marrying her. h Mt 22, 24; Mk 12, 19; Lk 20, 28 . 6 i 6–9; Ru 4, 5–10 . The first‐born son she bears shall continue the line of the deceased brother, that his name may not be blotted out from Israel. 7If, however, a man does not care to marry his brother's wife, she shall go up to the elders at the gate and declare, ‘My brother‐in‐law does not intend to perform his duty toward me and refuses to perpetuate his brother's name in Israel.’ 8Thereupon the elders of his city shall summon him and admonish him. If he persists in saying, ‘I am not willing to marry her,’ 9 *his sister‐in‐law, in the presence of the elders, shall go up to him and strip his sandal from his foot and spit in his face, saying publicly, ‘This is how one should be treated who will not build up his brother's family!’ 10And his lineage shall be spoken of in Israel as ‘the family of the man stripped of his sandal.’

Various Precepts. 11“When two men are fighting and the wife of one intervenes to save her husband from the blows of his opponent, if she stretches out her hand and seizes the latter by his private parts, 12you shall chop off her hand without pity.

13“You shall not keep two differing weights in your bag, one large and the other small; j 13ff: Lv 19, 35f; Prv 16, 11; Ez 45, 10; Ml 6, 11 . 14nor shall you keep two different measures in your house, one large and the other small. 15But use a true and just weight, and a true and just measure, that you may have a long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you. 16Everyone who is dishonest in any of these matters is an abomination to the LORD, your God.

17*Bear in mind what Amalek did to you on the journey after you left Egypt, k Ex 17, 8 . 18how without fear of any god he harassed you along the way, weak and weary as you were, and cut off at the rear all those who lagged behind. 19Therefore, when the LORD, your God, gives you rest from all your enemies round about in the land which he is giving you to occupy as your heritage, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. l Ex 17, 14; 1 Sm 15, 2f . Do not forget!

Notes:

f: 2 Cor 11, 24 .

g: 1 Cor 9, 9; 1 Tm 5, 18 .

h: Mt 22, 24; Mk 12, 19; Lk 20, 28 .

i: 6–9; Ru 4, 5–10 .

j: 13ff: Lv 19, 35f; Prv 16, 11; Ez 45, 10; Ml 6, 11 .

k: Ex 17, 8 .

l: Ex 17, 14; 1 Sm 15, 2f .

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