Deuteronomy 25

Law, marriage, commerce, punishment.

Limits on the number of lashes a judge can impose mean punishment is to be hard, but not destructive.

The marriage laws we’ve seen again and again, and it’s hard to relate to. This telling is illustrated with a dramatic ritual shaming of a brother who will not take on a widowed sister in law. 

The commerce laws are simple rules against cheating.

Then there is a reminder to absolutely mete out God’s judgement and destroy a local nation. As you do.

In the middle is a strikingly weird verse about cutting off the hand of a woman who intervenes in a fight between men by gabbing balls. Commentators are beside themselves to argue that is not literal and all sorts of meanings for it. I’ll wait for heaven to understand that one.

God’s people are fair, punishment fits crimes. There is moderation in the rules between Israelites. But God judgment is absolute.

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