Summary List of Deuteronomy Laws

Deuteronomy Laws. In Deuteronomy chapters 12 through 26, Moses revealed to the Israelites a set of laws known to scholars today as the Deuteronomic code. The Deuteronomic code is one of a set of three groups of laws laid down in the first 5 books of the Bible (Pentateuch). The other groups of laws being the Book of the Covenant, Exodus 20:20-23:33, and the Holiness code, Leviticus 17-26.

The Deuteronomic code was laid down by Moses on the plains of Moab. These laws are the central message of the book of Deuteronomy telling the Israelites how they should conduct themselves in the areas of religious observance, civil law, and how officials should conduct themselves in the discharge of their duties. See below for scriptures and summary list of Deuteronomy laws.





Laws of Religious Observance

Do’s and Don’ts On Sacrificing at Central Sanctuary. All sacrifices are to be brought and vows are to be made at a central sanctuary. Scripture: Deuteronomy 12:1-28.

Do Not Worship Other Gods. The worship of Canaanite gods is forbidden and the order is given to destroy their places of worship. Scripture: Deuteronomy 12:29-31.

Do’s and Don’ts On Mourning. Native mourning practices such deliberate disfigurement are forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:1-2.

Do’s and Don’ts On Eating of Certain Animals. A catalog of which animals are permitted and which forbidden for consumption is given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:3-20.

Do’s and Don’ts On Eating of Animals That Have Died. The consumption of animals which are found dead and have not been slaughtered is prohibited. Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:21.

Do’s and Don’ts On Tithing. The procedure for tithing produce or donating its equivalent is given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:22-29.

Do’s and Don’ts On Sacrificing First-Born Male Livestock. First-born male livestock must be sacrificed. Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:19-23.

Do’s and Don’ts On Pilgrimage Festivals. The Pilgrimage Festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are instituted. Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:1-17.

Do’s and Don’ts On Worship. The worship at Asherah groves and setting up of ritual pillars are forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:21-22.

Laws Concerning Officials

The Appointment of Judges. Judges are to be appointed in every city. Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:18.

The High Standards of Judges. Judges are to be impartial and bribery is forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:19-20.

The Central Tribunal. A central tribunal is established. Scripture: Deuteronomy 17:8-13.

The Office of the King. Should the Israelites choose to be ruled by a King, regulations for the office are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

Laws Concerning the Levites. Regulations of the rights, and revenue, of the Levites are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:1-8.

The Future Prophet. Concerning the future (unspecified) prophet. Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:9-22.

Laws Concerning Priesthood. Regulations for the priesthood are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 23:1-8.

Civil Law

The Release of Debt Every Seven Years. Debts are to be released in the seventh year. Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-11.

The Institution of Slavery. Regulations of the institution of slavery and the procedure for freeing slaves are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:12-18.

The Law of Lost Property. Lost property, once found, is to be restored to its owner. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:1-4.

The Law of Mixing Kinds. Prohibition of mixing kinds. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:9-11.

Tzitzit Instituted. Tzitzit are mandated. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:12.

Do’s and Don’ts of Marriage of Women and Stepsons. Marriages between women and their stepsons are forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:30.

Do’s and Don’ts of Keeping Camp Clean. The camp is to be kept clean. Scripture: Deuteronomy 23:9-14.

Do’s and Don’ts of Usury. Usury is forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 23:19-20.

Do’s and Don’ts on Vows and Pledges. Regulations for vows and pledges are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 23:21-23, Deuteronomy 24:6, Deuteronomy 24:10-13.

Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce & Remarrying. How a man can divorce his wife and how they can remarry. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:1-4.

Do’s and Don’ts of A Newly Married Man Going to War. A newly married man does not go to war for a year. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:5.

Do’s and Don’ts on Tzaraath (afflictions of the skin). The procedure for tzaraath (a disfigurative condition) is given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:8-9.

Do’s and Don’ts on the Payment of Workers. Hired workers are to be paid fairly. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:14-15.

Do’s and Don’ts on the Treatment of Strangers, Widows, and Orphans. Justice is to be shown towards strangers, widows, and orphans. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:17-18.

Give to the Poor. Portions of crops are to be given to the poor. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:19-22.

Care of Dead Brother’s Wife. If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies, the husband’s brother shall perform the duty of an husband. Scripture: Deuteronomy 25:5-10.

Criminal Law

Witnesses of Crimes. The rules for witnesses are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 19:15-21.

Slander. The procedure for a bride who has been slandered is given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:13-21.

Rape & Adultery. Various laws concerning adultery and rape are given. Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:22-29.

Kidnapping. Kidnapping is forbidden. Scripture: Deuteronomy 24:7.

Just Weights. Just weights and measures are mandated. Scripture: Deuteronomy 25:13-16.

More on the Laws of Deuteronomy: Wikipedia, The Book of Deuteronomy