The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 19:15–21

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15  One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be establishment

15  One witness shall not stand against another, no matter what the sin or outrage may be. For every word shall stand by the mouth of two or three witnesses.

15  A single witness shall not rise up against a man for any offense, or for any crime, in whatever offense or crime he may commit; on the testimony of two witnesses, or on the testimony of three witnesses, shall a charge be established.

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16  If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to bear perverted witness against him;

16  And if a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

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17  then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before YHWH, before the priests and the judges that shall be in those days.

17  then shall the two men between whom the controversy is, stand before the Lord, and before the priests, and before the judges, who may be in those days.

17  both of those whose case it is shall stand before the Lord in the sight of the priests and the judges who shall be in those days.

18  And the judges shall inquire diligently; and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

18  And the judges shall make diligent inquiry, and, behold, if and unjust witness has borne unjust testimony; and has stood up against his brother;

18  And when, after a very diligent examination, they will have found that the false witness had told a lie against his brother,

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19  then shall ye do unto him, as he had purposed to do unto his brother; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.

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20  And those that remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of thee.

20  Then the others, upon hearing this, will be afraid, and they will by no means dare to do such things.

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21  And thine eye shall not pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

21  You shall not take pity on him. Instead, you shall require a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot.”