Read thru Old Testament Devotional – March 14, 2017

March 14


Deuteronomy 23-25


The Laws that Govern the Future        Deuteronomy 4:44-26:19, cont’d.


Deuteronomy 19:1-26:29  Laws Concerning Human Relationships, cont’d.


Deuteronomy 23:1-8-General laws concerning the congregation of Israel and participation in religious observations and civil leadership.


For a detailed explanation of these restrictions see:


Deuteronomy 23:9-14-Matters of decency when going to war. The campsite itself shall be kept holy because the LORD is holy and He is in their presence.

Deuteronomy 23:15-16-Do not return a slave to his master. This law refers to a non-Israelite slave who has escaped from his Canaanite owner.

Deuteronomy 23:17-None of the people are to be religious prostitutes (common in the Canaanite religion).

Deuteronomy 23:18-The term “dog” refers to a male prostitute or sodomite. Do not accept the money of a prostitute (male or female) in the house of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 23:19-20-Loaning money and charging interest. It is not allowable among the Israelites.  But, it is allowed for an Israelite to charge a non-Israelite interest.

Deuteronomy 23:21-23-If you make a vow…be prompt in keeping it.

Deuteronomy 23:24-25-You may eat from your neighbor's crops...but cannot take any with you.


Deuteronomy 24:1-25:19-Laws concerning those who cannot protect/care for themselves.


Deuteronomy 24:1-4-You may not remarry a wife you have divorced, if she married someone else after you divorced her.

Deuteronomy 24:5-When a man marries he will not go out to war with the army for a period of one year…or, be given any duty (that takes him away from her). He is to stay at home and “give happiness” to his new wife.

Deuteronomy 24:6-This stone is necessary in order to grind grain and would keep a person from being able to provide daily food.

Deuteronomy 24:7-Kidnapping is punishable by death.

Deuteronomy 24:8-9-Follow the laws for the infection of leprosy.

Deuteronomy 24:10-13-Though an Israelite could not charge another Israelite interest on a loan, he could take some item as a pledge that the loan would be repaid. However, the pledge should not be something that would jeopardize his ability to provide for his family.

Deuteronomy 24:14-15-Don’t take advantage of a poor man…when he works for you pay him his wages immediately because he is dependent upon it.

Deuteronomy 24:16-Children will not be held accountable for the actions of their parents.

Deuteronomy 24:17-18-Don’t take advantage of those who do not have the resources to stand up against injustice.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22-Leave some of the crop in your field so that those who are less fortunate can harvest it.

Deuteronomy 25:1-3-When a judge makes a decision in a court trial the person found guilty is to be immediately punished. However, he is to be punished for his crime only and the punishment is not to exceed 40 lashes so that he is not further humiliated for something that he did not do.

Deuteronomy 25:4-Allow the ox to graze as he pulls the farm implement…to benefit from his work.

Deuteronomy 25:5-10-The law of Levirate marriage (cf. January 16, Genesis 38-40).

Deuteronomy 25:11-12-A woman is forbidden to touch another man’s genitals…even when trying to defend her own husband.

Deuteronomy 25:13-16-Don’t use false weights when doing business.

Deuteronomy 25:17-19-This is a reference to an incident recorded in Exodus 17:8-16. God tells Israel that one day they are to exact judgment on the Amalekites for their attack on them while trying to make it to the Promised Land.


Prayer: Lord, help me to be a man of my word. To do what I tell people I will do…and not allow business, or time, to distract me.


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