1Suppose you see your neighbor's ox or sheep wandering away. Then don't act as if you didn't see it. Instead, make sure you take it back to him.2Your neighbor might not live near you. Or you might not know who he is. Then take the animal home with you. Keep it until he comes looking for it. Then give it back.3Do the same thing if you find his donkey, coat or anything he loses. Don't act as if you didn't see it.4Suppose you see your neighbor's donkey or ox that has fallen down on the road. Then don't act as if you didn't see it. Help him get it up on its feet again.5A woman must not wear men's clothes. And a man must not wear women's clothes. The Lord your God hates it when anyone does that.6Suppose you happen to find a bird's nest beside the road. It might be in a tree or on the ground. And suppose the mother bird is sitting on her little birds or on the eggs. Then don't take the mother along with the little ones.7You can take the little ones. But make sure you let the mother go. Then things will go well with you. You will live for a long time.8If you build a new house, put a low wall around the edge of your roof. Then you won't be held accountable if someone falls off your roof and dies.9Don't plant two kinds of seeds in your vineyard. If you do, the crops you grow there will be polluted. Your grapes will also be polluted.10Don't let an ox and a donkey pull the same plow together.11Don't wear clothes made of wool and linen that are woven together.12Make tassels on the four corners of the coat you wear.
Breaking Marriage Laws
13Suppose a man gets married to a woman and makes love to her. But then he doesn't like her.14So he tells lies about her and says she's a bad woman. He says, “I got married to this woman. But when I made love to her, I discovered she wasn't a virgin.”15Then the woman's parents must bring proof that she was a virgin. They must give the proof to the elders at the gate of the town.16The woman's father will speak to the elders. He'll say, “I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife. But he doesn't like her.17So now he has told lies about her. He has said, ‘I discovered that your daughter wasn't a virgin.’ But here's the proof that my daughter was a virgin.” Then her parents will show the elders of the town the cloth that has her blood on it.18The elders will punish the man.19They'll make him weigh out two and a half pounds of silver. They'll give it to the woman's father. That's because the man has said an Israelite virgin is a bad woman. She will continue to be his wife. He must not divorce her as long as he lives.20But suppose the charge is true. And there isn't any proof that the woman was a virgin.21Then she must be brought to the door of her father's house. There the people of her town will put her to death by throwing stones at her. She has done a very terrible thing in Israel. She has had sex before she got married. Get rid of that evil person.22Suppose a man is seen having sex with another man's wife. Then the man and the woman must both die. Get rid of those evil people.23Suppose a man happens to see a virgin in a town. And she has promised to get married to another man. But the man who happens to see her has sex with her.24Then you must take both of them to the gate of that town. You must put them to death by throwing stones at them. You must kill the woman because she was in a town and didn't scream for help. And you must kill the man because he had sex with another man's wife. Get rid of those evil people.25But suppose a man happens to see a woman out in the country. And she has promised to marry another man. But the man who happens to see her rapes her. Then only the man who has done that will die.26Don't do anything to the woman. She hasn't committed a sin that is worthy of death. That case is like the case of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor.27The man found the woman out in the country. And she screamed. But there wasn't anyone around who could save her.28Suppose a man happens to see a virgin who hasn't promised to marry another man. And the man who happens to see her rapes her. But someone discovers them.29Then the man must weigh out 20 ounces of silver. He must give it to the woman's father. The man must marry the woman, because he raped her. And he can never divorce her as long as he lives.30A man must not get married to his stepmother. He must not bring shame on his father by having sex with her.
English Standard Version
1“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother. (Ex 23:4)2And if he does not live near you and you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it. Then you shall restore it to him.3And you shall do the same with his donkey or with his garment, or with any lost thing of your brother’s, which he loses and you find; you may not ignore it.4You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again. (Ex 23:5)5“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. (De 18:12; De 25:16)6“If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. (Le 22:28)7You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long. (De 4:40)8“When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring the guilt of blood upon your house, if anyone should fall from it.9“You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole yield be forfeited, the crop that you have sown and the yield of the vineyard. (Le 19:19)10You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.11You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.12“You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself. (Nu 15:38; Mt 23:5)
Laws Concerning Sexual Immorality
13“If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then hates her (2Sa 13:15)14and accuses her of misconduct and brings a bad name upon her, saying, ‘I took this woman, and when I came near her, I did not find in her evidence of virginity,’15then the father of the young woman and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of her virginity to the elders of the city in the gate.16And the father of the young woman shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to marry, and he hates her;17and behold, he has accused her of misconduct, saying, “I did not find in your daughter evidence of virginity.” And yet this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloak before the elders of the city.18Then the elders of that city shall take the man and whip him,19and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days. (Mt 19:8; Mr 10:11; Lu 16:18)20But if the thing is true, that evidence of virginity was not found in the young woman,21then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done an outrageous thing in Israel by whoring in her father’s house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Ge 34:7; De 13:5; De 21:21)22“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. (Le 20:10; De 22:21; Eze 16:38; Eze 16:40; Eze 23:45; Eze 23:47; Joh 8:5)23“If there is a betrothed virgin, and a man meets her in the city and lies with her, (Mt 1:18)24then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor’s wife. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (De 22:21)25“But if in the open country a man meets a young woman who is betrothed, and the man seizes her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die.26But you shall do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no offense punishable by death. For this case is like that of a man attacking and murdering his neighbor,27because he met her in the open country, and though the betrothed young woman cried for help there was no one to rescue her.28“If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, (Ex 22:16)29then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.30 “A man shall not take his father’s wife, so that he does not uncover his father’s nakedness. (Le 18:8; De 27:20; Ru 3:9; Eze 16:8)