Deuteronomy 21

1 If one be found slain in the land which יהוה your God (Elohim) giveth you to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him;

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

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

4 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.

5 And the priests (kohanim) the sons of Lewi shall come near; for them יהוה your God (Elohim) hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of יהוה; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be settled.

6 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:

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

8 Be merciful, O יהוה, unto Your people Yisrael, whom you have redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto Your people of Yisrael’s charge.’ And the blood shall be forgiven them.

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

10 When you goest forth to war against your enemies, and יהוה your God (Elohim) hath delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive,

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

12 Then you shalt bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month; and after that you shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.

14 And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shalt let her go whither she will; but you shalt not sell her at all for money, you shalt not make merchandise of her, because you have humbled her.

15 If a man has 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;

16 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.

17 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.

18 If a man has 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;

19 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;

20 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.’

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

22 And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and you hang him on a tree;

23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God (Elohim)); that your land be not defiled, which יהוה your God (Elohim) giveth you for an inheritance.”