Deuteronomy, 21

Deuteronomy, 21

Laws Concerning Justice and Punishments ● 23 verses ● 2 min

Moses commands the Israelites on various legal matters, including inheritance rights, the rights of the firstborn, and punishment for crimes.

Deuteronomy 21 is a chapter that outlines the laws and regulations that the Israelites were to follow in the event of a murder. The chapter begins by stating that if a body is found in the land that the Lord has given to the Israelites, and it is not known who the murderer is, then the elders and judges of the nearest city are to go out and measure the distance from the body to the city. This was done to determine which city was closest to the body and thus responsible for the investigation. The chapter then goes on to outline the procedure for the investigation. The elders and judges of the city were to take a heifer that had never been worked and bring it to a valley that had never been plowed. They were to break the heifer's neck and wash their hands over the heifer, declaring their innocence in the matter. This was done as a sign of innocence and to show that the city was not responsible for the murder. The chapter then outlines the punishment for the murderer. If the murderer was found, then they were to be put to death. This was done to ensure that justice was served and to deter others from committing similar crimes. Finally, the chapter outlines the laws for inheritance in the event of a murder. If a man was killed and had no children, then his inheritance was to go to his brothers. If he had no brothers, then his inheritance was to go to his father's brothers. This was done to ensure that the inheritance was passed on to the rightful heirs. Deuteronomy 21 is an important chapter that outlines the laws and regulations that the Israelites were to follow in the event of a murder. It is a reminder of


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Deuteronomy, 21

Laws Concerning Justice and Punishments

If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 1

Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 2

And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 3

And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 4

And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:

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And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 6

And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

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Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

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So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

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When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 10

And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;

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Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 12

And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine 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.

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 13

And 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 make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

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If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:

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Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 16

But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

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If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 18

Then 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;

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 19

And 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.

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 20

And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 21

And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

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His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Deuteronomy, Chapter: 21, Verse: 23


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How many verses does Deuteronomy, chapter 21 have?

There are 23 verses in the book of Deuteronomy.

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