Deuteronomy Chapter 24

Deuteronomy Chapter 24 continues with the presentation of edicts and laws in the Old Testament.

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Rules about Living in Society

When a man divorces a wife because she is indecent and she marries another man who also divorces her, the first man may not marry her again. This would be an insult to the Lord. A man that has just been married may not be sent off to fight in a war until one year has passed. The man must stay home and develop a good marriage.

A millstone must never be taken as security on a debt. The reason is loss of a millstone would take away the debtor’s ability to earn a living.

A kidnapper who take and Israelite and tries to sell that person as a slave must be put to death. This is done to purge such evil from society.

People with Skin Diseases

Proper actions must be taken with those who have defiling skin diseases. The case of Miriam’s exile is mentioned to remind people about exiling those with the disease until they are cured.

Further Explanations of Societal Laws

When someone defaults on a debt, it is not permitted to enter the house of that man and take what he was pledged. Allow the man the dignity to come out and bring it to you. Always avoid humiliating someone who is in debt.

Never try and cheat someone who is poor and is working for you. Such a person is needy and requires the money offered for food and clothing. Pay the person his or her deserved wages by the end of the day.

Children may not be executed for the crimes of their parents and vice versa. Never deprive those of foreign lands or those without fathers of justice. If you leave something behind when harvesting, leave it there. A widow, a foreigner, or a family without a father might be able to make use of it for sustenance.

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Deuteronomy 24 (King James Version)

1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.

7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.

9 Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

10 When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.

12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:

15 At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:

18 But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.

20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

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