Deuteronomy Chapter 25

Deuteronomy Chapter 25 furthers the mentioning of the laws and rules of God.

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Judges and Disputes

The ways court cases are to be decided is clearly mentioned. A judge will listen to both parties and then determine who is guilty. The guilty person will receive 40 lashes, but no more. More than 40 lashes would be considered an attempt at degrading the person.

Brothers and Widows

When a man dies and his wife is left a widow and the man lived with his brother, the brother shall marry her. Any children born of the marriage must carry on the name of the man who passed away so his name will never disappear from the earth. If the brother does not wish to marry her, the woman may go to the town elders who will try and convince the man. If he still refuses to marry, she may take one of his sandals and spit in his face. His family line will be mocked from then on forward.

When two men fight and one of their wives interferes by attacking the private parts of the man who is not her husband, her hand shall be cut off.

Weights and Measures

Uniformity among the weights and measures is to eliminate cheating and stealing. The Lord despises those who cheat and steal so it is understandable why He requires uniformity.

God also asks His people to remember when the Amalekites attacked them when they were weary. Taking advantage of God’s day of rest helps ensure that no one is so weary they become an easy victim or are unable to perform in their duties. He said the name of the Amalekites is to be one that is cursed.

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Deuteronomy 25 (King James Version)

1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

7 And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.

8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

9 Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house.

10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.

11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:

12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.

14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.

15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.

19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

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