Ci Taetsei: Laws, Resistance to Evil
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The Commentary "Or
Attar, 1696-1743, b. Morocco) says that the case of the Captive Woman occurred
when the Israelite warrior saw a woman amongst the captives with an Israelite
soul and so redeems her by forcing her to become an Israelite and marry him.
Other commentaries are critical of the whole concept.
Some say that in ancient times it was accepted practice all over the world that a conquering army would have its own way with the conquered women. The would be male lover-boy had to go through a whole rigmarole of having to do this and that and take responsibility for his captive. The end result would have been to reduce the temptation for rape, induced fornication, or welcome promiscuity. At the same time the Torah did not close the door altogether and allowed some form of sexual union with the defeated enemy.
[Deuteronomy 21:12] THEN THOU SHALT BRING HER HOME TO THINE HOUSE, AND SHE SHALL SHAVE HER HEAD, AND PARE HER NAILS;
[Deuteronomy 21:13] AND SHE SHALL PUT THE RAIMENT OF HER CAPTIVITY FROM OFF HER, AND SHALL REMAIN IN THINE HOUSE, AND BEWAIL HER FATHER AND HER MOTHER A FULL MONTH: AND AFTER THAT THOU SHALT GO IN UNTO HER, AND BE HER HUSBAND, AND SHE SHALL BE THY WIFE.
[Deuteronomy 21:14] AND IT SHALL BE, IF THOU HAVE NO DELIGHT IN HER, THEN THOU SHALT LET HER GO WHITHER SHE WILL; BUT THOU SHALT NOT SELL HER AT ALL FOR MONEY, THOU SHALT NOT MAKE MERCHANDISE OF HER, BECAUSE THOU HAST HUMBLED HER.
[Deuteronomy 21:15] IF A MAN HAVE 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:
[Deuteronomy 21:16] 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:
[Deuteronomy 21:17] 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.
The right of the firstborn belongs to the firstborn. His father cannot take it from him.
[Deuteronomy 21:18] IF A MAN HAVE 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:
[Deuteronomy 21:19] 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;
[Deuteronomy 21:20] 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.
[Deuteronomy 21:21] AND ALL THE MEN OF HIS CITY SHALL STONE HIM WITH STONES, THAT HE DIE: SO SHALT THOU PUT EVIL AWAY FROM AMONG YOU; AND ALL ISRAEL SHALL HEAR, AND FEAR.
[Deuteronomy 21:22] AND IF A MAN HAVE COMMITTED A SIN WORTHY OF DEATH, AND HE BE TO BE PUT TO DEATH, AND THOU HANG HIM ON A TREE:
[Deuteronomy 21:23] HIS BODY SHALL NOT REMAIN ALL NIGHT UPON THE TREE, BUT THOU SHALT IN ANY WISE BURY HIM THAT DAY; (FOR HE THAT IS HANGED IS ACCURSED OF GOD;) THAT THY LAND BE NOT DEFILED, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD GIVETH THEE FOR AN INHERITANCE.
[Deuteronomy 22:1] THOU SHALT NOT SEE THY BROTHER'S OX OR HIS SHEEP GO ASTRAY, AND HIDE THYSELF FROM THEM: THOU SHALT IN ANY CASE BRING THEM AGAIN UNTO THY BROTHER.
[Deuteronomy 22:2] AND IF THY BROTHER BE NOT NIGH UNTO THEE, OR IF THOU KNOW HIM NOT, THEN THOU SHALT BRING IT UNTO THINE OWN HOUSE, AND IT SHALL BE WITH THEE UNTIL THY BROTHER SEEK AFTER IT, AND THOU SHALT RESTORE IT TO HIM AGAIN.
[Deuteronomy 22:3] IN LIKE MANNER SHALT THOU DO WITH HIS ASS; AND SO SHALT THOU DO WITH HIS RAIMENT; AND WITH ALL LOST THING OF THY BROTHER'S, WHICH HE HATH LOST, AND THOU HAST FOUND, SHALT THOU DO LIKEWISE: THOU MAYEST NOT HIDE THYSELF.
[Deuteronomy 22:4] THOU SHALT NOT SEE THY BROTHER'S ASS OR HIS OX FALL DOWN BY THE WAY, AND HIDE THYSELF FROM THEM: THOU SHALT SURELY HELP HIM TO LIFT THEM UP AGAIN.
[Deuteronomy 22:5] THE WOMAN SHALL NOT WEAR THAT WHICH PERTAINETH UNTO A MAN, NEITHER SHALL A MAN PUT ON A WOMAN'S GARMENT: FOR ALL THAT DO SO ARE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD.
Men and women were forbidden to wear each others clothing.
The Sages extended this to forbid a man in general to behave like a woman.
[Deuteronomy 22:6] IF A BIRD'S NEST CHANCE TO BE BEFORE THEE IN THE WAY IN ANY TREE, OR ON THE GROUND, WHETHER THEY BE YOUNG ONES, OR EGGS, AND THE DAM SITTING UPON THE YOUNG, OR UPON THE EGGS, THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE DAM WITH THE YOUNG:
[Deuteronomy 22:7] BUT THOU SHALT IN ANY WISE LET THE DAM GO, AND TAKE THE YOUNG TO THEE; THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH THEE, AND THAT THOU MAYEST PROLONG THY DAYS.
[Deuteronomy 22:8] WHEN THOU BUILDEST A NEW HOUSE, THEN THOU SHALT MAKE A BATTLEMENT FOR THY ROOF, THAT THOU BRING NOT BLOOD UPON THINE HOUSE, IF ANY MAN FALL FROM THENCE.
[Deuteronomy 22:9] THOU SHALT NOT SOW THY VINEYARD WITH DIVERS SEEDS: LEST THE FRUIT OF THY SEED WHICH THOU HAST SOWN, AND THE FRUIT OF THY VINEYARD, BE DEFILED.
[Deuteronomy 22:10] THOU SHALT NOT PLOW WITH AN OX AND AN ASS TOGETHER.
OX. Hebrew "shor" i.e. male bull.
ASS. Hebrew "chamor" i.e. male donkey.
This practice was evidently common until recently amongst the Arab Palestinians. The word translated here as "ox" in Hebrew is "shor" meaning bull. Ox in English connotes a steer or castrated bull whereas the original Hebrew has "shor" meaning simply a bull who was not castrated.
A bull is much stronger than an ass and naturally workers harder and faster. By binding them together it was possible to get much more work out of the ass. The Torah forbade this.
[Deuteronomy 22:11] THOU SHALT NOT WEAR A GARMENT OF DIVERS SORTS, AS OF WOOLLEN AND LINEN TOGETHER.
I understand that most Scottish kilts are made out of a mixture of linen and wool. The linen adds strength and some water-resistance.
Clifford Smyth has written about this in his work:
"Titanic Tartans. An Ulster Scots Cultural Odyssey"
by Clifford Smyth, Ambassador Publications, Belfast, 2009
Anyway a Kosher Jewish Kilt is now available.
The combination in clothing
of wool and linen is forbidden. Such mixtures in Hebrew are known as
Most major clothing importers in Israel have the produce checked for
In one case a line of dressing gowns with
in them reportedly slipped into the country. The importers and their outlets
immediately replaced all gowns brought into them.
In addition throughout Israel one finds shatnez laboratories that will check items of clothing for a modest fee. These are run by Ultra-Orthodox specialists. Lately due to a few bad eggs the Ultra-Orthodox have been receiving a bad press.
Reality "on the ground" however shows that most Israelis as well as Arabs "in the know" prefer to do business with the Ultra-Orthodox instead of their own kind.
An anecdote from a very reliable source relates:
A group of Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) families bought, by bulk purchase, a number of flats in a certain neighborhood. A secular woman in the area became very active in organizing resistance to the coming of these families since she feared an overly drastic change to the neighborhood might result.[Deuteronomy 22:12] THOU SHALT MAKE THEE FRINGES UPON THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THY VESTURE, WHEREWITH THOU COVEREST THYSELF.
An Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi took the lady aside and asked her.
#Madam, suppose you were driving by night on the open highway and your car broke down.
Another car drives up and parks behind your own.
Four men get out.
Would you prefer the men look like me or like your secular neighbors?#
#Like you!# she admitted.
[Deuteronomy 23:3] AN AMMONITE OR MOABITE SHALL NOT ENTER INTO THE
CONGREGATION OF THE LORD; EVEN TO THEIR TENTH GENERATION SHALL THEY NOT ENTER
INTO THE CONGREGATION OF THE LORD FOR EVER:
[Deuteronomy 23:4] BECAUSE THEY MET YOU NOT WITH BREAD AND WITH WATER IN THE WAY, WHEN YE CAME FORTH OUT OF EGYPT; AND BECAUSE THEY HIRED AGAINST THEE BALAAM THE SON OF BEOR OF PETHOR OF MESOPOTAMIA, TO CURSE THEE.
Male Ammonites and Moabites were forbidden but females were permitted.
This is why Ruth the Moabitess and ancestress of King David was able to become a member of the Israelite Nation.
David and the Oral Law: Ruth and the Oral Tradition
[Deuteronomy 23:5] NEVERTHELESS THE LORD THY GOD WOULD NOT HEARKEN UNTO BALAAM; BUT THE LORD THY GOD TURNED THE CURSE INTO A BLESSING UNTO THEE, BECAUSE THE LORD THY GOD LOVED THEE.
[Deuteronomy 23:6] THOU SHALT NOT SEEK THEIR PEACE NOR THEIR PROSPERITY ALL THY DAYS FOR EVER.
[Deuteronomy 23:7] THOU SHALT NOT ABHOR AN EDOMITE; FOR HE IS THY BROTHER: THOU SHALT NOT ABHOR AN EGYPTIAN; BECAUSE THOU WAST A STRANGER IN HIS LAND.
An Edomite could become an Israelite and at one stage many did.
[Deuteronomy 23:8] THE CHILDREN THAT ARE BEGOTTEN OF THEM SHALL ENTER INTO THE CONGREGATION OF THE LORD IN THEIR THIRD GENERATION.
[Deuteronomy 23:9] WHEN THE HOST GOETH FORTH AGAINST THINE ENEMIES, THEN KEEP THEE FROM EVERY WICKED THING.
When you go to war you should keep yourself as pure and as unsullied as possible. There are those who try and give the impression that dirty language and immodest behavior is more manly. This is a delusion. Manliness begins with self-respect or at least with respect for basic codes of conduct.
[Deuteronomy 23:10] IF THERE BE AMONG YOU ANY MAN, THAT IS NOT CLEAN BY REASON OF UNCLEANNESS THAT CHANCETH HIM BY NIGHT, THEN SHALL HE GO ABROAD OUT OF THE CAMP, HE SHALL NOT COME WITHIN THE CAMP:
[Deuteronomy 23:11] BUT IT SHALL BE, WHEN EVENING COMETH ON, HE SHALL WASH HIMSELF WITH WATER: AND WHEN THE SUN IS DOWN, HE SHALL COME INTO THE CAMP AGAIN.
[Deuteronomy 23:12] THOU SHALT HAVE A PLACE ALSO WITHOUT THE CAMP, WHITHER THOU SHALT GO FORTH ABROAD:
[Deuteronomy 23:13] AND THOU SHALT HAVE A PADDLE UPON THY WEAPON; AND IT SHALL BE, WHEN THOU WILT EASE THYSELF ABROAD, THOU SHALT DIG THEREWITH, AND SHALT TURN BACK AND COVER THAT WHICH COMETH FROM THEE:
[Deuteronomy 23:14] FOR THE LORD THY GOD WALKETH IN THE MIDST OF THY CAMP, TO DELIVER THEE, AND TO GIVE UP THINE ENEMIES BEFORE THEE; THEREFORE SHALL THY CAMP BE HOLY: THAT HE SEE NO UNCLEAN THING IN THEE, AND TURN AWAY FROM THEE.
[Deuteronomy 23:15] THOU SHALT NOT DELIVER UNTO HIS MASTER THE SERVANT WHICH IS ESCAPED FROM HIS MASTER UNTO THEE:
[Deuteronomy 23:16] HE SHALL DWELL WITH THEE, EVEN AMONG YOU, IN THAT PLACE WHICH HE SHALL CHOOSE IN ONE OF THY GATES, WHERE IT LIKETH HIM BEST: THOU SHALT NOT OPPRESS HIM.
[Deuteronomy 23:17] THERE SHALL BE NO WHORE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ISRAEL, NOR A SODOMITE OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL.
NO WHORE. From here the Rabbis learned a general prohibition against illicit sex
even when those concerned were not married. Promiscuity was forbidden.
[Deuteronomy 23:18] THOU SHALT NOT BRING THE HIRE OF A WHORE, OR THE PRICE OF A DOG, INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD THY GOD FOR ANY VOW: FOR EVEN BOTH THESE ARE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD.
[Deuteronomy 23:19] THOU SHALT NOT LEND UPON USURY TO THY BROTHER; USURY OF MONEY, USURY OF VICTUALS, USURY OF ANY THING THAT IS LENT UPON USURY:
[Deuteronomy 23:20] UNTO A STRANGER THOU MAYEST LEND UPON USURY; BUT UNTO THY BROTHER THOU SHALT NOT LEND UPON USURY: THAT THE LORD THY GOD MAY BLESS THEE IN ALL THAT THOU SETTEST THINE HAND TO IN THE LAND WHITHER THOU GOEST TO POSSESS IT.
[Deuteronomy 23:21] WHEN THOU SHALT VOW A VOW UNTO THE LORD THY GOD, THOU SHALT NOT SLACK TO PAY IT: FOR THE LORD THY GOD WILL SURELY REQUIRE IT OF THEE; AND IT WOULD BE SIN IN THEE.
[Deuteronomy 23:22] BUT IF THOU SHALT FORBEAR TO VOW, IT SHALL BE NO SIN IN THEE.
[Deuteronomy 23:23] THAT WHICH IS GONE OUT OF THY LIPS THOU SHALT KEEP AND PERFORM; EVEN A FREEWILL OFFERING, ACCORDING AS THOU HAST VOWED UNTO THE LORD THY GOD, WHICH THOU HAST PROMISED WITH THY MOUTH.
[Deuteronomy 23:24] WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THY NEIGHBOUR'S VINEYARD, THEN THOU MAYEST EAT GRAPES THY FILL AT THINE OWN PLEASURE; BUT THOU SHALT NOT PUT ANY IN THY VESSEL.
[Deuteronomy 23:25] WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THE STANDING CORN OF THY NEIGHBOUR, THEN THOU MAYEST PLUCK THE EARS WITH THINE HAND; BUT THOU SHALT NOT MOVE A SICKLE UNTO THY NEIGHBOUR'S STANDING CORN.
This Law actually only applied to someone who was working in the field of another.
[Deuteronomy 24:1] WHEN A MAN HATH TAKEN A WIFE, AND MARRIED HER, AND IT COME TO PASS THAT SHE FIND NO FAVOUR IN HIS EYES, BECAUSE HE HATH FOUND SOME UNCLEANNESS IN HER: THEN LET HIM WRITE HER A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, AND GIVE IT IN HER HAND, AND SEND HER OUT OF HIS HOUSE.
[Deuteronomy 24:2] AND WHEN SHE IS DEPARTED OUT OF HIS HOUSE, SHE MAY GO AND BE ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE.
[Deuteronomy 24:3] AND IF THE LATTER HUSBAND HATE HER, AND WRITE HER A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, AND GIVETH IT IN HER HAND, AND SENDETH HER OUT OF HIS HOUSE; OR IF THE LATTER HUSBAND DIE, WHICH TOOK HER TO BE HIS WIFE;
[Deuteronomy 24:4] HER FORMER HUSBAND, WHICH SENT HER AWAY, MAY NOT TAKE HER AGAIN TO BE HIS WIFE, AFTER THAT SHE IS DEFILED; FOR THAT IS ABOMINATION BEFORE THE LORD: AND THOU SHALT NOT CAUSE THE LAND TO SIN, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD GIVETH THEE FOR AN INHERITANCE.
[Deuteronomy 24:5] WHEN A MAN HATH TAKEN A NEW WIFE, HE SHALL NOT GO OUT TO WAR, NEITHER SHALL HE BE CHARGED WITH ANY BUSINESS: BUT HE SHALL BE FREE AT HOME ONE YEAR, AND SHALL CHEER UP HIS WIFE WHICH HE HATH TAKEN.
[Deuteronomy 24:6] NO MAN SHALL TAKE THE NETHER OR THE UPPER MILLSTONE TO PLEDGE: FOR HE TAKETH A MAN'S LIFE TO PLEDGE.
[Deuteronomy 24:7] IF A MAN BE FOUND STEALING ANY OF HIS BRETHREN OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, AND MAKETH MERCHANDISE OF HIM, OR SELLETH HIM; THEN THAT THIEF SHALL DIE; AND THOU SHALT PUT EVIL AWAY FROM AMONG YOU.
[Deuteronomy 24:8] TAKE HEED IN THE PLAGUE OF LEPROSY, THAT THOU OBSERVE DILIGENTLY, AND DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE PRIESTS THE LEVITES SHALL TEACH YOU: AS I COMMANDED THEM, SO YE SHALL OBSERVE TO DO.
[Deuteronomy 24:9] REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD THY GOD DID UNTO MIRIAM BY THE WAY, AFTER THAT YE WERE COME FORTH OUT OF EGYPT.
[Deuteronomy 24:10] WHEN THOU DOST LEND THY BROTHER ANY THING, THOU SHALT NOT GO INTO HIS HOUSE TO FETCH HIS PLEDGE.
[Deuteronomy 24:11] THOU SHALT STAND ABROAD, AND THE MAN TO WHOM THOU DOST LEND SHALL BRING OUT THE PLEDGE ABROAD UNTO THEE.
[Deuteronomy 24:12] AND IF THE MAN BE POOR, THOU SHALT NOT SLEEP WITH HIS PLEDGE:
[Deuteronomy 24:13] IN ANY CASE THOU SHALT DELIVER HIM THE PLEDGE AGAIN WHEN THE SUN GOETH DOWN, THAT HE MAY SLEEP IN HIS OWN RAIMENT, AND BLESS THEE: AND IT SHALL BE RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO THEE BEFORE THE LORD THY GOD.
[Deuteronomy 24:14] THOU SHALT NOT OPPRESS AN HIRED SERVANT THAT IS POOR AND NEEDY, WHETHER HE BE OF THY BRETHREN, OR OF THY STRANGERS THAT ARE IN THY LAND WITHIN THY GATES:
[Deuteronomy 24:15] AT HIS DAY THOU SHALT GIVE HIM HIS HIRE, NEITHER SHALL THE SUN GO DOWN UPON IT; FOR HE IS POOR, AND SETTETH HIS HEART UPON IT: LEST HE CRY AGAINST THEE UNTO THE LORD, AND IT BE SIN UNTO THEE.
[Deuteronomy 24:16] THE FATHERS SHALL NOT BE PUT TO DEATH FOR THE CHILDREN, NEITHER SHALL THE CHILDREN BE PUT TO DEATH FOR THE FATHERS: EVERY MAN SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH FOR HIS OWN SIN.
[Deuteronomy 24:17] THOU SHALT NOT PERVERT THE JUDGMENT OF THE STRANGER, NOR OF THE FATHERLESS; NOR TAKE A WIDOW'S RAIMENT TO PLEDGE:
[Deuteronomy 24:18] BUT THOU SHALT REMEMBER THAT THOU WAST A BONDMAN IN EGYPT, AND THE LORD THY GOD REDEEMED THEE THENCE: THEREFORE I COMMAND THEE TO DO THIS THING.
[Deuteronomy 24:19] WHEN THOU CUTTEST DOWN THINE HARVEST IN THY FIELD, AND HAST FORGOT A SHEAF IN THE FIELD, THOU SHALT NOT GO AGAIN TO FETCH IT: IT SHALL BE FOR THE STRANGER, FOR THE FATHERLESS, AND FOR THE WIDOW: THAT THE LORD THY GOD MAY BLESS THEE IN ALL THE WORK OF THINE HANDS.
[Deuteronomy 24:20] WHEN THOU BEATEST THINE OLIVE TREE, THOU SHALT NOT GO OVER THE BOUGHS AGAIN: IT SHALL BE FOR THE STRANGER, FOR THE FATHERLESS, AND FOR THE WIDOW.
[Deuteronomy 24:21] WHEN THOU GATHEREST THE GRAPES OF THY VINEYARD, THOU SHALT NOT GLEAN IT AFTERWARD: IT SHALL BE FOR THE STRANGER, FOR THE FATHERLESS, AND FOR THE WIDOW.
[Deuteronomy 24:22] AND THOU SHALT REMEMBER THAT THOU WAST A BONDMAN IN THE LAND OF EGYPT: THEREFORE I COMMAND THEE TO DO THIS THING.
[Deuteronomy 25:1] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:2] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:3] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:4] THOU SHALT NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHEN HE TREADETH OUT THE CORN.
[Deuteronomy 25:5] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:6] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:7] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:8] 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;
[Deuteronomy 25:9] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:10] AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED IN ISRAEL, THE HOUSE OF HIM THAT HATH HIS SHOE LOOSED.
[Deuteronomy 25:11] 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:
[Deuteronomy 25:12] THEN THOU SHALT CUT OFF HER HAND, THINE EYE SHALL NOT PITY HER.
[Deuteronomy 25:13] THOU SHALT NOT HAVE IN THY BAG DIVERS WEIGHTS, A GREAT AND A SMALL.
[Deuteronomy 25:14] THOU SHALT NOT HAVE IN THINE HOUSE DIVERS MEASURES, A GREAT AND A SMALL.
[Deuteronomy 25:15] 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.
[Deuteronomy 25:16] FOR ALL THAT DO SUCH THINGS, AND ALL THAT DO UNRIGHTEOUSLY, ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD.
[Deuteronomy 25:17] REMEMBER WHAT AMALEK DID UNTO THEE BY THE WAY, WHEN YE WERE COME FORTH OUT OF EGYPT;
[Deuteronomy 25:18] 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.
#AND HE FEARED NOT GOD#. This is the traditional accepted understanding
in accordance with how the Hebrew is read BUT it may alternately be read as saying,
#AND YOU FEARED NOT GOD#. This was pointed out by the Midrash Sifrei.
In other words,
Because you did not fear God the enemy was able to come and attack you. Nevertheless, even though your culpability in some sense may have induced this attack upon you, you must still take vengeance!
WE some times hear concerning rape victims and the like, expressions such as,
"She was asking for it!"
Even if there is some truth in this the guilty party must still be punished and the injured person has the right to take what revenge they can.
[Deuteronomy 25:19] 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.
Judah will return prior to
the Ten Tribes and prepare the way for them. Judah will rebuild the waste places
(54:3). God was angry but HE will yet have mercy (54:8).
[Isaiah 54:3] FOR THOU SHALT BREAK FORTH ON THE RIGHT HAND AND ON THE LEFT; AND THY SEED SHALL INHERIT THE GENTILES, AND MAKE THE DESOLATE CITIES TO BE INHABITED.
This is still mainly on Judah who will return prior to the Ten Tribes and prepare the way for them. Judah will rebuild the waste places.
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