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Deuteronomy 25:2-3

25:2 Then, 1  if the guilty person is sentenced to a beating, 2  the judge shall force him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of blows his wicked behavior deserves. 3  25:3 The judge 4  may sentence him to forty blows, 5  but no more. If he is struck with more than these, you might view your fellow Israelite 6  with contempt.

1 tn Heb “and it will be.”

2 tn Heb “if the evil one is a son of smiting.”

3 tn Heb “according to his wickedness, by number.”

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the judge) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “Forty blows he may strike him”; however, since the judge is to witness the punishment (v. 2) it is unlikely the judge himself administered it.

6 tn Heb “your brothers” but not limited only to an actual sibling; cf. NAB) “your kinsman”; NRSV, NLT “your neighbor.”

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