Deuteronomy 22: Women! Worth nearly as much as a goat.
Deuteronomy: Part 22 of 34
1 If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.
Ok, so this section is about animals and their owners and who should do what. Let’s see how this goes.
2 If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.
One would think reporting it to the authorities would be the first thing to do.
3 Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.
4 If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.
5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
This is in with animals? They had a strange idea of logic back then didn’t they!
6 If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.
Why take any of them at all?
7 You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.
More superstitious rubbish.
8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.
That should be the guilt of stupidity for whoever was dumb enough to fall off. Maybe this is where the modern day custom of blaming others for your own idiocies came from huh?
9 Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.
Superstitious rubbish yet again. Of course there probably are some plants you should plant with grapevines, but nothing that would cause your fruit to be defiled.
10 Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.
Afraid they might get to like it?
11 Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.
12 Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.
No, tassels just don’t suit me.
13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her
14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,”
15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin.
And just how would they do that I wonder?
16 Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.
You ‘gave’ her like a piece of property, so don’t be surprised when others treat her the same way. It might do everyone a lot of good to stop treating all humans like property and just as decent human beings who deserve respect.
17 Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,
That could be anything though. Big business in fake virgin blood sheets going on even in modern day cities all around the world. It is a barbaric act and to treat women like this is wrong. The practice should be outlawed.
18 and the elders shall take the man and punish him.
19 They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.
Not very fair for her though. She has to live her life out with someone who will most probably beat her because he was found guilty, fined and shamed in front of friends and family.
20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found,
Just because proof can’t be found doesn’t mean she wasn’t a virgin.
21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.
He gets fined a hundred shekels of silver and she gets stoned to death? Where is the justice in that?
22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
Kill, kill, kill. It’s all you seem to think about. Who can we kill next?
23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,
24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.
More barbaric killing.
25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.
26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor,
How does the woman prove she was raped? The man would not admit to it and she is not going to be believed. There is no justice for women in this society.
27 for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed, there was no one to rescue her.
28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,
29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
She must marry her rapist and be paid like a prostitute? Bloody lovely that is. Morons.
30 A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.
How about a girl marrying her mother’s husband? Does that not dishonour the bed as well?