25 1IF THERE is a controversy between men, and they come into court and the judges decide between them, justifying the innocent and condemning the guilty, 2Then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a certain number of stripes according to his offense. 3Forty stripes may be given him but not more, lest, if he should be beaten with many stripes, your brother should [be treated like a beast and] seem low and worthless to you. 4You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain. 5If brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, his wife shall not be married outside the family to a stranger [an excluded man]. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6And the firstborn son shall succeed to the name of the dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. 7And if the man does not want to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuses to continue his brother’s name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother. 8Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him. And if he stands firm and says, I do not want to take her, 9Then shall his brother’s wife come to him in the presence of the elders and pull his shoe off his foot and spit in his face and shall answer, So shall it be done to that man who does not build up his brother’s house. 10And his family shall be called in Israel, The House of Him Whose Shoe Was Loosed. 11When men strive together one with another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband out of the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes the other man by the private parts, 12Then you shall cut off her hand; your eyes shall not pity her. 13You shall not have in your bag true and false weights, a large and a small. 14You shall not have in your house true and false measures, a large and a small. 15But you shall have a perfect and just weight and a perfect and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. 16For all who do such things, all who do unrighteously, are an abomination to the Lord your God. 17Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you had come forth from Egypt, 18How he did not fear God, but when you were faint and weary he attacked you along the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear. 19Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about in the land which the Lord your God gives you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens; you must not forget.
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