Deuteronomy 24



1 When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it be that she find not grace in his eyes, for he has found a matter of nakedness in her; then let him write her a letter of divorce*, and give it into her hand, and send· her ·out from his house.

2 And she goes·​·out from his house, and she may go and be for another man.

3 And if the latter man hate her, and write her a letter of divorce, and gives it into her hand, and sends· her ·out from his house; or if the latter man die, who took her to himself for a wife;

4 her former husband, who sent· her ·out, may not take her again* to be to him for a wife, after she is defiled; for it is an abomination before Jehovah; and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which Jehovah thy God gives thee as an inheritance.

5 When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any matter; but he shall be free at his house one year, and shall gladden his wife which he has taken.

6 He shall not take·​·as·​·a·​·pledge the lower millstone or the upper·​·millstone; for he takes·​·as·​·a·​·pledge the soul.

7 If a man be·​·found stealing the soul of his brothers of the sons of Israel, and makes·​·money off him, or sells him; then that thief shall·​·die; and thou shalt sweep·​·away evil from among you.

8 Take·​·heed in the plague of leprosy, to observe closely*, and do according·​·to all that the priests the Levites shall instruct you; as I commanded them, so you shall observe to do.

9 Remember what Jehovah thy God did to Miriam by the way, after that you were come forth out of Egypt.

10 When thou dost loan with thy companion a loan of anything, thou shalt not come into his house to get·​·the·​·pledge, his pledge.

11 Thou shalt stand in the street, and the man to whom thou didst loan shall bring·​·out the pledge to thee to the street.

12 And if the man be afflicted, thou shalt not lie·​·down with his pledge;

13 returning thou shalt return the pledge to him when the sun sets*, and he shall lie·​·down in his own raiment, and bless thee; and it shall be justice to thee before Jehovah thy God.

14 Thou shalt not oppress a hireling that is afflicted and needy, from thy brothers, or from thy sojourners who are in thy land within thy gates;

15 at his day thou shalt give him his wage, neither shall the sun set* upon it; for he is afflicted, and bears his soul upon it; lest he call against thee to Jehovah, and it be sin to thee.

16 The fathers shall not be put·​·to·​·death for the sons, neither shall the sons be put·​·to·​·death for the fathers; every man shall be put·​·to·​·death for his own sin.

17 Thou shalt not distort the judgment of the sojourner and* of the orphan; and thou shalt not take·​·as·​·a·​·pledge the garment of a widow;

18 but thou shalt remember that thou wast a servant in Egypt, and Jehovah thy God redeemed thee thence; therefore I am commanding thee to do this word.

19 When thou harvestest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgotten a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not return to take it; it shall be for the sojourner, for the orphan, and for the widow: that Jehovah thy God may bless thee in all the deeds of thy hands.

20 When thou beatest thine olive·​·tree, thou shalt not glean afterwards; it shall be for the sojourner, for the orphan, and for the widow.

21 When thou gatherest·​·the·​·vintage of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterwards; it shall be for the sojourner, for the orphan, and for the widow.

22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt; therefore I command thee to do this word.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.