24:1 If a man marries a woman and she does not please him because he has found something offensive1 in her, then he may draw up a divorce document, give it to her, and evict her from his house.
24:2 When she has left him2 she may go and become someone else’s wife.
24:3 If the second husband rejects3 her and then divorces her,4 gives her the papers, and evicts her from his house, or if the second husband who married her dies,
24:4 her first husband who divorced her is not permitted to remarry5 her after she has become ritually impure, for that is offensive to the
24:5 When a man is newly married, he need not go into8 the army nor be obligated in any way; he must be free to stay at home for a full year and bring joy to9 the wife he has married.
24:6 One must not take either lower or upper millstones as security on a loan, for that is like taking a life itself as security.10
24:7 If a man is found kidnapping a person from among his fellow Israelites,11 and regards him as mere property12 and sells him, that kidnapper13 must die. In this way you will purge14 evil from among you.
Respect for Human Dignity
24:8 Be careful during an outbreak of leprosy to follow precisely15 all that the Levitical priests instruct you; as I have commanded them, so you should do.
24:9 Remember what the
24:10 When you make any kind of loan to your neighbor, you may not go into his house to claim what he is offering as security.17
24:11 You must stand outside and the person to whom you are making the loan will bring out to you what he is offering as security.18
24:12 If the person is poor you may not use what he gives you as security for a covering.19
24:13 You must by all means20 return to him at sunset the item he gave you as security so that he may sleep in his outer garment and bless you for it; it will be considered a just21 deed by the
24:14 You must not oppress a lowly and poor servant, whether one from among your fellow Israelites22 or from the resident foreigners who are living in your land and villages.23
24:15 You must pay his wage that very day before the sun sets, for he is poor and his life depends on it. Otherwise he will cry out to the
24:16 Fathers must not be put to death for what their children24 do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin.
24:17 You must not pervert justice due a resident foreigner or an orphan, or take a widow’s garment as security for a loan.
24:18 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the