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Deuteronomy 25

(25:1-3)
Legal disputes are settled by a judge who determines guilt or innocence. No lawyers or jury are needed. Those found guilty will be beaten with 40 stripes.
What the Bible says about torture

(25:1-2) "If there be a controversy between men ... if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten ... the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten."

(25:3) "Forty stripes he may give him."

(25:4)
"Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn."
Let the animal eat while it works.

(25:5-10)
If a man dies before his wife has a child, then the widow must marry her husband's brother -- whether she likes him or not, and whether she wants to or not. If the he refuses to "go in unto" his dead brother's wife, the she must loosen his shoe and spit in his face.

(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."

(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."

(25:9) "Then shall his brother's wife ... loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face."

(25:10) "And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed."

(25:11-12)
If two men fight and the wife of one grabs the "secrets" of the other, "then thou shalt cut off her hand" and "thine eye shall not pity her."
What the Bible says about amputation and fighting

(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:"

(25:12) "Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her."

(25:13-15) "Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight."
Be honest when you deal with others. Don't cheat.


(25:17-19) God hates Amalekites
God tells the Israelites to "remember what Amalek did unto thee" and to "blot out the rembrance of Amalek from under heaven." A few hundred years later God orders Saul to kill of the Amalekites "both man and woman, infant and suckling." (1 Sam.15:2-3)

(25:17) "Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;"

(25:19) "Thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it."

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.
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.
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.
25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
25:10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.
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:
25:12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.
25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
25:14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
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.
25:16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
25:17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
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.
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.

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Dwindling in Unbelief
The Bible's guide to torture (Deuteronomy 25:2)
The 9 Most Badass Bible Verses (25:11-12)
"Thine eye shall not pity her" (25:11-12)
Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus (25:11-12)
The Christopher Hitchens / Douglas Wilson debate (25:11-12)
Is there anything the God of the Bible could do that a believer wouldn't call good? (25:11-12)
Holy War and the Holy Father: the Bible vs the Quran (25:17-19)
Forget Amalek: What the Bible really says about terrorism (25:17-19)
What if we could edit the Bible? (Opening Karl Giberson's can of worms) (25:11-12)
Roy Zimmerman: I want a marriage like they had in the Bible (25:5-9)

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