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Deuteronomy 22 Commentary

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Deuteronomy 22:1-4 meaning

Moses exhorted his fellow Israelites to help preserve his brother’s life by taking care of his brother’s property. Lost property was to be returned to his brother. This included his brother’s livestock, which was many Israelites’ livelihood.

Deuteronomy 22:5 meaning

Moses prohibited wearing clothes of the opposite sex.

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 meaning

Moses trains the people to recognize the sanctity of life by encouraging them to care for a lower form of God’s creation—a mother bird along with its young. Though possibly designed to preserve a source of food supply, it serves as a principle to care for and preserve life, both human and animal.

Deuteronomy 22:8 meaning

Moses told the Israelites to make a parapet on their roof whenever they build a new house in order to protect the life of his neighbor.

Deuteronomy 22:9-12 meaning

Moses prohibited the mixture of seed, plow animals, and clothes.

Deuteronomy 22:13-21 meaning

Moses described the steps to be taken when a husband falsely accused his wife of not having been a virgin at the time of marriage. He also described what to do if these accusations were true.

Deuteronomy 22:22 meaning

Moses condemns adultery. If a man has sexual intercourse with a married woman, both of them shall die.

Deuteronomy 22:23-27 meaning

Moses described what to do about sexual infidelity committed by a virgin who was engaged to be married.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 meaning

Moses gave the law designed to protect an unengaged virgin who may have been a victim of rape.

Deuteronomy 22:30 meaning

In this last case, Moses prohibited a man from marrying a woman who was formerly his father’s wife and was possibly his stepmother.