Deuteronomy 25 – Reading Note – Let’s Discuss Women

  • The law demanded that flogging be limited to forty strokes. Any more would be degrading to the offender (25: 1 – 3).
  • If a man died without leaving a son, his brother had duty to his widow to marry her and give her children. There was no punishment for refusing to do so, but he would be shamed for his refusal.

“However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.” Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.”  That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled.” – Deut 25: 7 – 10

  • If a two men were fighting and the wife of one of them grabs the other by his private parts, her hand was to be cut off (25: 11, 12). I have written about this before.
  • God detests anyone who acts dishonestly – like deceiving someone about the price of a good (25: 13 – 16). No exceptions? Like deceiving a potential murderer?
  • And finally, God told them not to forget what the Amalekites had done to them and to make sure they destroyed Amalek.

Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget! –Deut 25: 17 – 19


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