If any man trespasses against his neighbor, and an oath is required of him to cause him to swear, and the oath comes before your altar in this house:
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George Leo Haydock
Oath. In certain cases, an oath would clear a person, Exodus xxii. 11. Solomon prays that perjury may be disclosed.
Altar. It was customary to touch the altar, when a person took an oath, as Hannibal did. K. Latinus says; Tango aras mediosque ignes et Numina testor
Nulla dies pacem hanc Italis nec foedera rumpet. (Virgil, Æneid xii. 201.)