(The Second Copy of the Law)
11[1-] So you’ll love Yahweh your God, and keep his charge, and his laws, and his rules, and his Laws, always. Know today: for I don’t speak with your children who have not known, and who have not seen the greatness, the power, and the strength, of the punishment of Yahweh your God, and the signs and works, which God did in the middle of Egypt to Pharaoh the ruler of Egypt, and to all his land; and what God did to the army of Egypt, to their horses, and to their chariots; how God made the water of the Red Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how Yahweh has destroyed them to today; and what God did to you in the countryside, until you came to this place; and what God did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the children of Reuben; how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their families, and their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the middle of all Israel.
[7-12] But your eyes have seen all the great work which Yahweh did. So keep all the judgments which I tell you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take the land, where you go for your own; and that you may live long in the land, which Yahweh promised to your ancestors to give to them and to their descendants, a land full of milk and honey. For the land, where you go to take for your own, isn’t as the land of Egypt, from where you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, as a garden of herbs; but the land, where you go over for your own, is a land of hills and valleys, and is watered by the rain of the sky, a land which Yahweh your God cares for: Yahweh your God always watches over it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.
[13-17] If you listen carefully to My Laws which I tell you today, to love and to serve Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul, then I’ll give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil. I’ll give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you’ll eat and be full. Be careful, in case your heart is misled, and you turn away, and serve false gods, and worship them; and Yahweh gets angry with you, and shuts up the sky, so that there’s no rain, and the land won’t give its harvest; and you die quickly from off the good land which Yahweh gives you.
[18-21] So lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul; and you’ll bind them for a sign on your hand, and they’ll be for symbols between your eyes. Teach them to your children, talking of them, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. Write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates; that you and your children may live a long time, in the land which Yahweh promised to your ancestors to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth.
[22-25] For if you’ll carefully keep all these judgments which I tell you to do, to love Yahweh your God, to follow God’s ways, and to hold on to God; then will Yahweh drive out all these nations from before you, and you’ll take ownership of nations greater and stronger than yourselves. Every place where the sole of your foot will walk will be yours: from the countryside, and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even to the sea will be your border. No one will be able to stand before you: Yahweh your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you’ll walk on, as God has told you.
[26-32] See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you’ll listen to the Laws of Yahweh your God, which I tell you today; and the curse, if you don’t listen to the Laws of Yahweh your God, but turn away from what I tell you today, to go after false gods, which you’ve not known. And when Yahweh your God brings you into the land where you go for your own, that you’ll set the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse on Mount Ebal. Aren’t they across the Jordan, to the west, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah desert, next to Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh? Pass over the Jordan to go in and take the land which Yahweh your God gives you, and take ownership of it, and live in it. Keep all the laws and the rules which I set before you today.
12[1-3] These are the laws and the rules which you’ll keep and do in the land which Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has given you for your own, as long as you live on the earth. You’ll without a doubt destroy all the places in which the nations that you’ll take ownership served their gods, on the high mountains, and on the hills, and under every green tree. Break down their altars, and chop their posts in pieces, and burn down the trees used to worship Asherah. Cut down the carved images of their false gods; and destroy their name out of that place.
[4-7] Don’t do so to Yahweh your God. But you’ll regularly come to the place which Yahweh your God will choose out of all your family groups, where God’s name is, even to God’s house; and there you’ll bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your Give ten percents, and the wave offering of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. You’ll eat there before Yahweh your God, and you’ll be happy in all that you put your hand to, you and your families, in which Yahweh your God has blessed you.
[8-11] Don’t do what we do here today, everyone doing whatever is right in their own eyes; You haven’t yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which Yahweh your God gives you. But when you go over the Jordan, and live in the land which Yahweh your God causes you to inherit, and gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you live in safety; then you’ll go to the place which Yahweh your God will choose, where God’s name is, and there you’ll bring all that I tell you: your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your Give ten percents, and the wave offering of your hand, and all your special vows which you vow to Yahweh.
[12-16] You’ll be happy before Yahweh your God, you and your children, and your workers, and the Levite who is where you live, who has no part of the inheritance with you. Be careful that you don’t offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see; but only in the place which Yahweh will choose in one of your family groups, there you’ll offer your burnt offerings, and there you’ll do all that I tell you. But you may kill and eat meat such as the antelope and deer wherever you live, whatever you want, according to the blessing of Yahweh your God which God has given you and both the unfit and the fit may eat it. Only don’t eat the blood; but pour it out on the earth as water.
[17-20] You may not eat where you live the Give ten percent of your grain, or of your new wine, or of your oil, or the firstborn of your herd or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vow, nor your freewill offerings, nor the wave offering of your hand; but you’ll eat them before Yahweh your God in the place which Yahweh your God will choose, you, and your children, and your workers, and the Levite who is where you live: and you’ll be happy before Yahweh your God in all that you do. Be careful not to stop taking care of the Levite as long as you live in your land. When Yahweh your God adds to your land, as was promised, and you say, I’ll eat meat, because you want to eat meat; you may eat as much meat as you want.
[21-25] If the place which Yahweh your God chooses, where God’s name is, is too far from you, then you’ll kill of your herd and of your flock, which Yahweh has given you, as I’ve told you; and you may eat where you live, as much as you want. Just as the antelope and deer are eaten, so you’ll eat it. The unfit and the fit may eat of it alike. Only be sure that you don’t eat the blood, because the blood is the living soul of the animal; and don’t eat the living soul with the meat. Don’t eat it; but pour it out on the earth as water. Don’t eat it; that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, when you do what’s right to Yahweh.
[26-28] Only your holy things, and your vows, you’ll take, and go to the place which Yahweh will choose: and you’ll offer your burnt offerings, the meat and the blood, on the altar of Yahweh your God; and the blood of your sacrifices will be poured out on the altar of Yahweh your God; and you’ll eat the meat there. Keep and listen to all these words which I tell you, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you forever, when you do what’s good and right to Yahweh your God.
[29-32] When Yahweh your God will cut off the nations from before you, where you go in to take ownership of them, and you take ownership of them, and live in their land; be careful to not be trapped into following after them, after they’re destroyed from before you. Don’t ask questions about their gods, saying, How do these nations serve their gods? I’ll do the same as they did. Don’t do this to Yahweh your God, because every wrong to God, which Yahweh hates, have they done for their gods; for they even burn their children in the fire to their gods. Whatever I tell you, that you’ll do: Don’t add to it, or take away from it.
13[1-5] If a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams comes to you, and gives you a sign or an amazing thing, and it comes to pass what was told you, saying, “Let’s go after other gods,” which you’ve not known, and “Let’s serve them;” Don’t listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams because Yahweh your God will test you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You’ll follow after and respect Yahweh your God, and keep God’s Laws, and obey God’s voice, and you’ll serve and hold on to Yahweh. That prophet or dreamer of dreams will be put to death, who has spoken against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and freed you out of the place of hard work and slaving, to draw you away from what Yahweh your God told you to go in. So you’ll put away the evil from you.
[6-10] If your brother or sister, the children of your mother, or your own children, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, who is as your own soul, tempt you secretly, saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods, which you’ve not known, you, nor your ancestors; of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near to you, or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other; Don’t agree to it, nor listen. Don’t pity that person, nor spare them, nor hide them, but you’ll, without a doubt, kill him; your hand will be first to put that person to death, and afterwards the hands of all the people. Stone them to death with stones, because they have tried to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of hard work and slaving.
[11-16] All Israel will listen, and fear, and won’t do any more such evil as this which is done where you are. If you’ll hear about one of your cities, which Yahweh your God gives you to live there that some base evil people have gone out from you, and have drawn away the people of their city, saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods, which you’ve not known; then you’ll look into it, and search and ask carefully; and see, if it’s true that such wrong has been done there. If so, then you’ll without a doubt kill the people of that city in war, destroying it completely, and everything that’s in it, including the livestock in the war. You’ll gather all its stuff into the middle of the street, and burn the city and everything in it with fire, to Yahweh your God. It’ll be a heap forever and never be built again.
[17-18] Don’t take anything of that which is to be dedicated to God; that Yahweh may not be angry, and will show you mercy, and have compassion on you, and let you have many children, as was promised to your ancestors; when you listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and keep all God’s Laws which I tell you today, and do what’s right by Yahweh your God.
14[1-2] You’re the people of Yahweh your God. Don’t cut yourselves, nor shave your head for the dead. You’re a holy people to Yahweh your God, and Yahweh has chosen you to be God’s own people, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth.
[3-8]Don’t eat anything that’s bad for you. These are the animals which you may safely eat: the tame bull, sheep, and goat, the deer, and the antelope, and the roebuck, the mountain goat, the wild ox, and the mountain sheep. You may eat every animal that has a parted hoof that splits in two, and chews the cud, among the animals. But don’t eat those that re-chew their food, or of those who have the split hoof like the camel, the hare, and the rabbit; because they re-chew their food but don’t have a split hoof, so they’re unfit for you. Don’t eat the pig, because it has a split hoof but doesn’t re-chew its food, so it’s unfit for you. Don’t eat of their meat, and don’t touch their dead bodies.
[9-21] These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales may you eat; and whatever doesn’t have fins and scales don’t eat; It’s unfit for you. All fit birds you may eat. But don’t eat the eagle, vulture, buzzard, hawk, the falcon, and raven after its kind, male or female ostriches, cuckoo, or any kind of bird of prey, owl, seagull, ibis, pelican, bustard, stork, heron, desert lark, and bat. Every insect with wings is unfit for you, so don’t eat them, but all fit birds you may eat. Don’t eat anything that dies naturally. You may give it to the foreigner living among you to eat who is where you live; or you may sell it to a foreigner, but you’re a holy people to Yahweh your God. Don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk.
[22-26] Give ten percent of everything grown by your seed in the field each year. You’ll eat before Yahweh your God, in the place chosen by God, where God’s name is, the ten percent of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock; that you may learn to respect Yahweh your God always. If the place is too long and too far from you so that you’re not able to carry it to where Yahweh your God chooses, where God’s name is, when Yahweh your God blesses you; then you’ll sell it for money, and take the money and go to the place where Yahweh your God chooses. There you’ll give the money for whatever you want, for bulls, sheep, wine, strong drink, or whatever else your soul asks of you; and you’ll eat there before Yahweh your God, and you and your family will be happy.
[27-29] Don’t forsake the Levite who is where you live; for he has no part nor inheritance with you. At the end of every three years you’ll bring the whole ten percent of your income in the same year, and will save it up where you live. So the Levite, because he has no part nor inheritance with you, and the foreigner living among you, and the orphan, and the survivor, who are where you live, will come, and eat and be satisfied; so that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work which you do.
15[1-6] At the end of every seven years you’ll make a release. This is the kind of release where every creditor will release what they have lent to their neighbor; and not demand it of the neighbor or a family member; because Yahweh’s release has been made known. You may demand it of a foreigner, but whatever of yours is with one of your own people you’ll release. If you carefully listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep and do all these judgments which I tell you today, there will be no poor with you because Yahweh will without a doubt bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you for your own. For Yahweh your God will bless you, as was promised you: and you’ll lend to many nations, but won’t borrow; and you’ll rule over many nations, but they won’t rule over you.
[7-11] If there’s a poor person with you, one of your kin, where you live in your land which Yahweh your God gives you, don’t be hardhearted, nor shut your hand from your poor people; but you’ll without a doubt give to them, and lend them whatever they need. Don’t let there not be an evil thought in your heart, saying, “The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand;” and you think evil against your poor. If you give them nothing and they cry to Yahweh against you, it will be a sin to you. You’ll without a doubt give to them, and your heart won’t be grieved when you give to them; because Yahweh your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your hand to for what you did. For the poor will never be completely out of the land, so I tell you, saying, you’ll without a doubt open your hand to your kin, to your needy, and to your poor, in your land.
[12-18] If your kin, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, and serves you for six years; then in the seventh year you’ll let them go free from you. When you let them go free from you, don’t let them go empty handed. Provide for them well out of your animals, and out of your gardens, and out of your winepress; as Yahweh your God has blessed you, so give to them. Remember that you were workers in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God freed you: so I tell you this thing today. But if they tell you, I won’t leave you; because they love you and your family, because they have been well taken care of with you; then you’ll pierce their ear, and they’ll be your worker forever. Do this to your male and female workers. It won’t seem hard to you, when you let them go free from you; for they were worth double the price of hired worker and have served you six years, and Yahweh your God will bless you in all that you do.
[19-23] All the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock you’ll set apart for Yahweh your God. Do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. You and your family will eat it before Yahweh your God each year in the place which Yahweh chooses. Don’t sacrifice it to Yahweh your God if it has any thing at all wrong with it, as if it’s lame or blind, or has anything else wrong with it. You’ll eat it where you live. Both the unfit and the fit will eat it alike, just as an antelope or a deer. Only don’t eat its blood, but pour it out on the ground as water.