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5 The Unclean Expelled. The LORD said to Moses: Order the Israelites to expelfrom camp everyone with a scaly infection, and everyone suffering from a discharge, and everyone who has become unclean by contact with a corpse. Male and female alike, you shall expel them. You shall expel them from the camp so that they do not defile their camp, where I dwell in their midst. This the Israelites did, expelling them from the camp; just as the LORD had commanded Moses, so the Israelites did. Unjust Possession. The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites: If a man or a woman commits any offense against another person, thus breaking faith with the LORD, and thereby becomes guilty, that person shall confess the wrong that has been done, make restitution in full, and in addition give one fifth of its value to the one that has been wronged. However, if thereis no next of kin, one to whom restitution can be made, the restitution shall be made to the LORD and shall fall to the priest; this is apart from the ram of atonement with which the priest makes atonement for the guilt individual. Likewise, every contribution among the sacred offerings that the Israelites present to the priest will belong to him. Each shall possess his own sacred offerings; what is given to a priest shall be his. Ordel for Suspected Adultery. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: If a man's wife goes astray and becomes unfaithful to him by virtue of a man having intercourse with her in secret from her husband abd shae is able to conceal the fact that sha has defiled herself for lack of a witness who might have caught her in the act; or if a man is overcome by a feeling of jealousy that makes him suspect his wife, and sha has defiled; or if a man is overcome by a feeling of jealousy that makes him suspect his wif and sha has not defiled hersalf ----them the man shall bring his wife to the priest as an offering on her
 
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4 Duties Further Defined. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: Take a census among the Levites of the Kohathites, by clans and ancestral houses, all between thirty' and fifty years of age, who will join the personnel for doing tasks in the tent of meeting. This is the task of the Kohathites in the tent of meeting: the most sacred objects. In breaking camp, Aaron and his sons shall go in and take down the screening curtain and cover the ark of the covenant with it. Over thesee they shall put a cover of yellow-orange skin, and on top of this spread an all-violet cloth and put the poles in place. On the table of the Presence they shall spread a violet cloth and put on it the plates and cups, as well as the bowls and pitchers for libations; the established bread offering shall remain on the table. Over these they shall spread a scarlet cloth and cover it with a covering of yellow-orange skin, and put the poles in place. They shall use a violet cloth to cover the menorah of the light with its lamps, tongs, and trays, as well as the various containers of oil from which it is supplied. The menorah with all its utensils they shall then put in a covering of yellow-orange skin, and place on a litter. Over the golden altar they shall spread a violet cloth, and cover this also with a covering of yellow-orange skin, and put the poles in place. Taking the utensils of the sanctuary service, they shall put them all in violet cloth and cover them with a covering of yellow-orange skin. They shall then place them on a litter. After cleansing the altar of its ashes, they shall spread a purple cloth over it. On this they shall put all the utensils with which it is served: the fire pans, forks, shovels, basins, and all the utensils of the altar. They shall then spread a covering of yellow-orangen skin over this, and put the poles in place. Only after Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sacred objects and all their utensils on breaking camp, can the Kohathites enter to carry them. But they shall not touch the sacred objects; if they do they will die. These, then, are the objects in the tent of meeting that the Kohathites shall carry. Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, shall be in charge of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the established gram offering, and the anointing oil. He shall be in charge of the whole tabermacle with all the sacred objects and utensils that are in it. The LOD said to Moses and Aaron: Do not let the group of Kohathite clans perish from among the Levites. That they may live and not die when they approach the most sacred objects, this is what you shall do for them: Aaron and his sons shall go in and assign to each of them his task and what he must carry; but the Kohalthites shall not go in to look upon the sacred objects even for an instant, or they will die. The LORD said to Moses: Take a census of the Gershonites also, by ancestral houses and clans, enrolling all between thirty and fifty years of age who will join the personnel to do the work in the tent of meeting. This is the task of the clans of the Gershonites, what they must do and what they must carry: they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting with its covering and the outer wrapping of yellow-orange skin, the curtain at the entrance of the tent of meeting, the hangings of the court, the court, the curtain at the entrance to the gate of the court that encloses both the tabernacle and the altar, togerther with their ropes and all other objects necessary for their use. Whatever is to be done to maintain these things, they shall do. The service of the Gershonites shall be entirely under the driection of Aaron and his sons, with regard to what they must carry and what they must do; you shall list for them by name what they are to carry. This, then, is the task of the clans of the Gershonites in the tent of meeting; and they shall be under the supervision of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. The Merarites, too, you shall enroll by clans and ancestral houses, enrolling all between thiry and fifty years of age who will join the personnel to maintain the tent of meeting. This is what they shallbe responsible for carrying, with respect to all their service in the tent of meeting: the boards of the tabernacle with its bars, columns and pedestals, and the columns of the surrounding court with their pedestals, pegs and ropes, including all their accessories and everything for their maintenance. You shall list by name the objects they shall be responsible for carrying. This, then, is the task of the clans of the Mererites with respect to all their service in the tent of meeting under the supervision of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. Number of Adult Levites. So Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the community enrolled the Koharthites, by clans and ancestral houses, all between thirty and fifty years of age who will join the personnel to work in the tent of meeting; their enrollment by clans was two thousand seven hundred and fifty. Such was the enrollment of the clans of the Kohathites, everyone who was to serve in the tent of meeting, whom Moses enrolled, together with Aaron, as the LORD directed through Moses. As for the enrollment of the Gershonites, by clans and ancestral houses, all between thirty and fifty years of age who will join the personnel to work in the tent of meeting---- their enrollment by clans and ancestral houses was two thousand six hundred and thirty. Such was the enrollment of the clans of the Gershonites, everyone who was to serve in the tent of meeting, whom Moses enrolled, together with Aaron, as the LORD directed. As for the enrollment of the clans of the Merarites, by clans and ancestral houses, allfrom thirty up to fifty years of age who will join the personnel to work in the tent of meeting---- their enrollment by clans was three thousand two hundred. Such was the enrollment of the Merarites, whom Moses enrolled, together with Aaron, as the LORD directed through Moses. As for the total enrollment of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron and the Israelite leaders had made, by clans and ancestral houses, all between thirty and fifty years of age who were to undertake tasks of service or transport for the tent of meeting---their total enrollment was eight thousand five hundred and eighty. As the LORD directed through Moses, they gave each of them their assignments for service and for transport; just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
 
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3 The Sons of Aaron. These are the offspring of Aaron and Moses at the time the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. These are the names of Aaron's sons: Nadab, the firstborn, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of Aaron's sons, the anointed priests whom he ordained to serve as priests. But Nadab and Abihu died in the presence of the LORD when they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD in the wildernesss of Sinai; and they left no sons. So inly Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron. tribe of Levi and station them before Aaron the priest to serve him. They shall discharge his obligations and those of the community before the tent of meeting by maintaining the tabernacle. They shall have responsibility for all the furnishings of the tent of meeting and discharge the obligations of the Israelites by maintainingthe tabernacle. You shall assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned unconditionally to him from among the Israelites. But you will appoint only Aaron and his descendants to exercise the priesthood. Any unauthorized person who comes who comes near shall be put to death. The LORD said to Moses: I hereby take the Levites from the Israelites in place of every firstborn that opens the womb among the Israelites. The Levites therefor, are mine, because every firstborn is mine. When I struck down all the first born in the land of Egyt, I consecrated to me every firstborn in Israel, human being and beast alike. They belong to me; I am the LORD. Census of the Levites. The LORD said to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai: Enroll the Levites by their ancestral houses and clans, enrolling every male of a month or more. Moses, therefore, enrolled them at the direction of the LORD, just as the LORD had charged. These were the sons of Levi by name: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. These were the names of the sons of Gershon, by their clans: Libni and Shimei. The sons of Kohath, by theirclans, Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. The sons of Merari, by their clans, were Merari, by their clans, were Mahli and Mushi. These were the clans of the Levites by their ancestral houses. Duties of the Levitical Clans. To Gershon belonged the clan of the Libnites and the clan of the Shimeites; these were the clans of the Gershonites. Their enrollment, registering every male of a month or more, was seven thousand five hundred. The clans of the Gershonites camped behind the tabernacle, to the west. The leader of the ancestral house of the Gershonites was Eliasaph, son of Lael. At the tent of meeting their responsibility was the tabernacle: the tent and its covering, the curtain at the entrance of the tent of meeting, the hangings of the court, the curtain at the entrance of the court enclosing both the tabernacle and the altar, and the ropes---whatever pertained to their maintenance. To Kohath belonged the clans of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites; these were the clans of the Kohathites. Their enrollment, registering every male of a month or more, was eight thousand three hundred. They were the ones who performed the duties of the sanctuary. The clans of the Kohathites camped on the south side of the tabernacle. And the leader of their ancestral housse of the clan of the Kohathites was Elizaphan, son of Uzziel. Their responsibility was the ark, the table, the menorah, the altars, the utensils of the sanctuary with which the priests minister, the veil, and everything pertaining to their maintenance. The chief of the leaders of the Levites, however, was Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest; he was in charge of those who performed the duties of the sanctuary. To merari belonged the clans of the Mahlites and the Mushites; these were the clans of Merari. Their enrollment, registering every male of a month or more, was six thousand two hundred. The leader of the ancestral house of the clans of Merari was Zuriel, son of Abihail. They camped at the north side of tabernacle. The Merarites were assigned responsibility for the boards of the tabernacle, its bars, columns, pedestals, and all its fittings---and everything pertaining to their maintenance, as well as the columns of the surrounding court with their pedestals, pegs and ropes. East of the tabernacle, that is, in front of tent of meeting,toward the sunrise, were camped Moses and Aaron and the latter's sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary incumbent upon the Israelites. Any unauthorized person who came near was to be put to death. The total enrollment ofthe Levites whom Moses and Aaron enrolled at the direction of the LORD, by clans, every male a month old or more, was twenty-two thousand. Census and Ransom of Firstborn. The LORD then said to Moses: Enroll every firstborn male of the Israelites a month old or more, and count the number of their names. Then take the Levites for me--- I am the LORD---in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, as well as the Levites' cattle, in place of all the firstborn among the cattle of the Israelites. So Moses enrolled all the firstborn of the Israelites, as the LORD had commanded him. All the firstborn males, registered by name, of a month or more, numbered twenty-thousand two hundred and seventy-three. The LORD said to Moses: Take the Levites in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, and the Levites' cattle in place of their cattle, that the Levites may belong to me, I am the LORD. As a redemption-price for the two hundred and seventy-three firstborn of the Israelites over and above the number of the Levites, you shall take five shekels for each individual, according to the sanctuary shekel, twenty gerahs to the shekel. Give this money to Aaron and his sons as a redemption-price for the extra number. So Moses took the redemption money for those over and above the ones redeemed by the Levites. Frm the firstborn of the Israelites he toook the money, one thousand three hundred and sixty-five shekels according to the sanctuary shekel. He then gave this redemption money to Aaron and his sons, at the driection of the LORD, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
 
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2 Arramgement of the Tribes. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: The Israelites shall camp, each in their own division, under the ensigns of their ancestral houses. They shall camp at some distance alll around the tent of meeting. Encamped on the east side, toward the sunrise, shall be the divisional camp of Judah, arranged in companies. The leader of the Judahites is Nahsjon, son of Amminadab, and the enrolllment of his company is seventy-four thousand six hundred. Encamped beside it is the tribe of Issachar. The leader of the Issacharites is Nethanel, son of Zuar, and the enrollment of his company is fifty-four thousand four hundred. Also the tribe of Zebulun. The leader of the Zebulunites is Eliab, son of Helon, and the enrollment of his company is fifty-seven thousand four hundred. The total enrollment of the camp of Judah by companies is one hundred and eighty-six thousand four hundred. They shall be first on the march. The divisional camp of Reuben shall be on the south side, by companies. The leader of the Reubenites is Elizur, son of Shedeur, and the enrollment of his company is forty-six thousand five hundred. Encamped beside it is the tribe of Simeon. The leader of the Simeonites is Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai, and the enrollment of his company is fifty-nine thousand three hundred. Next is the tribe of Gad. The leader of the Gadites is Eliasaph, son of Reuel, and the enrollment of his company is forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty. The total enrollment of the camp of Reuben by companies is one hundred and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty. They shall be second on the march. Then the tent of meeting and the camp of the Levites shall set out in the midst of the divisions. As they camp, so also they will march, each in place, by their divisions. The divisional camp of Ephraim shall be on the west side, by companies. The leader of the Ephraimites is Elishama, son of Ammihud, and the enrollment of his company is forty thousand five hundred. Beside it shall be the tribe of Manasseh. The leader of the Manassites is Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur, and the enrollment of his company is thirty-two thousand two hundred. Also the tribe of Benjamin. The leader of the Benjaminites is Abidan, son of Gideoni, and the enrollment of his company is thirty-five thousand four hundred. The total enrollment of the camp of Ephraim by companies is one hundred and eight thousand one hundred. They shall be third on the march. The divisional camp of Dan shall be on the north side, by companies. The leader of the Danites is Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai, and the enrollment of his company is sixty-two thousand seven hundred. Encamped beside it shall be the tribe of Asher. The leader of the Asherites is Pagiel, son of Ochran, and the enrollment of his company is forty-one thousand five hundred. Also the tribe of Naphtali. The leader of the Naphtalites is Ahira, son of Enan, and the enrollment of his company is fifty-three thousand four hundred. The total enrollment of the camp of Dan is one hundred and fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They shall be the last on the march by divisions . These are the enrollments of the Israelites according to their ancestral houses. The total enrollment of the camps by companies is six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty. The Levites, however, were not enrolled with the other Israelites, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. The Israelites did just as the LORD had commanded Moses; both in camp and on the march they were in their own divisions , everyone by clan and according to ancestral house.
 
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Ⅰ. Census and Preparation for the Departure Fron Sinai 1 The Census. In the second year after the Israelites' departure from the land of Egypt, on the first day of the second month, the LORD said to Moses at the tent of meeting in the wildernesss of Sinai: Take a census of the whole community of the Israelites, by clans and ancestral houses, registering by name each male individually. You and Aaron shall enroll in companies all the men in Israel of twenty years or more who are fit for military service. Moses' Assistants. With you there shall be a man from each tribe, each the head of his ancestral house. These are the names of those who are to assist you: from Reuben: Elizur, son of Shedeur; from Simeon: Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai; from Judah: Nahshon, son of Amminadab; from Issachar: Nethanel, son of Zuar; from Zebulun: Eliab, son of Helon; for the descendants of Joseph: from Ephraim: Elishama, son of Ammihud; and from Manasseh: Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur; from Benjamin: Abidan, son of Gideoni; from Dan: Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai; from Asher: Pagiel, son of Ochran; from Gad: Eliasaph, son of Reuel; from Naphtali: Ahira, son of Enan. These were the elect of the community, leaders of their ancestral tribes, heads of the clans of Israel. So Moses and Aaron took these men who had been designated by name, and assembled the whole community on the firest day of the second month. Every man of twenty years or more then registered individually his name and lineage according to clan and ancestral house, as the LORD had commanded Moses. So he enrolled them in the wilderness of Sinai. Count of the Twelve Tribes. Of the descendants of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, registered individually by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Reuben were forty-six thousand five hundred. Of the descendants of Simeon, registered individually by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Simeone were fifty-nine thousand three hundred. Of the descendants of God, registered by name and lineage ac cording to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Gad were forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty. Of the desendants of Judah, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Judah were serventy-four thousand six hundred. Of the descendants of Issachar, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribeof Issachar were fifty-four thousand four hundred. Of the descendants of Zebulun, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military serice:those enrolled from the tribe of Zebulum were fifty-seven thousand four hundred. Of the descendants of Joseph: Of the descendants of Ephraim, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Ephraim were forty thousand five hundred. Of the descendants of Manasseh, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Manasseh were thirty-two thousand two hundred. Of the descendants of Benjamin, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Benjamin were thirty-five thousand for hundred. Of the descendants of Dan, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Dan were sixty-two thousand seven hundred. Of the descendants of Asher, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every maleof twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Asher were forty-one thousand five hundred. Of the descendants of Naphtali, registered by name and lineage according to their clans and ancestral houses, every male of twenty years or more, everyone fit for military service: those enrolled from the tribe of Naphtali were fifty-three thousand four hundred. It was these who were enrlled, each according to his ancestral house, by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel. The total enrollment of the Israelites of twenty years or more, according to their ancestral houses, everyone fit for military service in Israel----the total enrollment was six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. Levites Omitted in the Census. Now the Levites were not enrolled by their ancestral tribe with the others. For the LORD had told Moses, The tribe of Levi alone you shall not enroll nor include in the census along with the other Israelites. You are to give the Levites charge of the tabernacle of the covenant with alll its equipment and all that belongs to it. It is they who shall carry the tabernacle with all its equipment and who shall be its minsters; and they shall camp all around the tabernacle. When the tabernacle is to move on, the Levites shall take it down; when the tabernacle is to be pitched, it is the Levites who shall set it up. Any unauthorized person who comes near it shall be put to death. The other Israelites shall camp according to their own divisional camps, but the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the covenant to ensure that God's wrath will not fall upon the Israelite community. The Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the covenant. The Israelites complied; they did just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
 
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V. Redemption of Offerings 27 Votive Offerings and Dedications. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When anyone makes a vow to the LORD with respect to the value of a human being, the value for males between the ages of twenty and sixty shall be fifty silver shekels, by the sanctuary shekel; and for a female, the value shall be thirty shekels. For persons between the ages of five and twenty, the value for a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female, ten shekels. For persons between the ages of one month and five years, the value for a male shall be five silver shekels, and for a female, three shekels. For persons of sixty or more, for a male the value shall be fifteen shekels, and ten shekels for a female. However, if the one who made the vow is too poor to meet the sum, the person must be set before the priest, who shall determine a value; the priest will do this in keeping with the means of the one who made the vow. If the offfering vowed to the LORD is an animal that may be sacrificed, every such animal given to the LORD becomes sacred. The offerer shall not substitute or exchange another for it, either a worse or a better one. If the offerer exchanges one animal in place of another, both the original and its subsitute shall become sacred. If any unclean animal which is unfit for sacrifice to the LORD is vowed, it must be set before the priest, who shall determine its value in keeping with its good or bad qualities, and the value set by the priest shall stand. If the offerer wishes to redeem the animal, the person shall pay one fifth more than this valuation. When someone dedicates a house as sacred to the LORD, the priest shall determine its value in keeping with its good or bad qualities, and the value set by the priest shall stand. A person dedicating a house who then wishes to redeem it shall pay one fifth more than the price thus established, and then it will again belong to that individual. If someone dedicates to the LORD a portion of hereditary land, its valuation shall be made according to the amount of seed required to sow it, the acreage sown with a homer of barley seed being valued at fifty silver shekels. If the dedication of a field is made at the beginning of a jubilee period, the full valuation shall hold; but if it is some time after this, the priest shall estimate its mony value according to the number of years left until the next jubilee year, with a corresponding reduction on the valuation. Apersondedication a field who then wishes to redeem it shall pay one fifth more than the price thus established, and so reclaim it If, instead of redeeming such a field, one sells it to another, it may no longer be redeemed; but at the jubilee it shall be released as sacred to the LORD; like a fild that is put under the ban, it shall become priestly property. If someone dedicates to the LORD a field that was purchased and was not part of hereditary property, the priest shall compute its value in proportion to the number of years until the next jubilee, and on the same day the person shall pay the price thus established, a sacred donation to the LORD; at the jubilee the field shall revert to the hereditary owner of this land from whom it had been purchased. Every valuation shall be made according to the standard of the sanctuary shekel. There are twenty gerahs to the shekel. Irredeemable Offerings. Note that a fristborn animal, which as such already belongs to the LORD, may not be dedicated. Whether an ox or a sheep, it is the LORD's. But if it is an unclean animal, it may be redeemed by paying one fifth more than its value. Note, also, that any possession which someone puts under the ban for the LORD, whether it is a human being, an animal, or a hereditary fild, shall be neither sold nor redeemed; everything that is under the ban becomes most holy to the LORD. All human beings that are put under the ban cannot be redeemed; they must be put to death. All tithes of the land, whether in grain from the fields or in fruit from the Trees, belong to the LORD; they are sacred to the LORD. If someone wishes to redeem any of the tithes, the person shall pay one fifth more than their value. The tithes of the herd and the flock, every tenth animal that passes under the herdsman's rod, shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not matter whether good ones or bad ones are thus chosen, and no exchange may be made. If any exchange is made, both the original animal and its substitute become sacred and cannot be redeemed. These are the commandments which the LORD gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.
 
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26 The Reward of Obedience. Do not make idols for yourselves. You shall not erect a carved image or a sacred stone for yourselves, nor shall you set up a carved stone for worship in your land; I the LORD, am your God. Keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the LORD. If you live in accordance with my statutes and are careful to observe my commandments, I will give you your rains in due season, so that the land will yield its crops, and the trees their fruit; your threshing will last till vintage time, and your vintage till the time for sowing, and you will eat your fill of food, and live securely in your land. I will establish peace in the land, and you will lie down to rest with no one to cause you anxiety. I will rid the country of ravenous beasts, and no sword shall sweep across your land. You shall rout your enemies, and they shall fall before your sword. Five of you will put a hundred of your foes to flight, and a hundred of you will put to flight ten thousand, till your enemies fall before your sword. I will look with favor upon you, and make you fruitful and numerous, as I carry out my covenant with you. You shall eat the oldest stored harvest, and have to discard it to make room for the new. I will set my tabernacle in your midst, and will not loathe you. Ever present in your midst , I will be your God, and you will be my people; I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land ofEgypt to be their slaves no more, breaking the bars of your yoke and making you walk erect. ThePunishment of Disobedience. But if you do not heed me and do not keep all these commandments, if you reject my statutes and loathe my decrees, refusing to obey all my commandmants and breaking my covenant,then I in turn, will do this to you: i will bring terror upon you--- with consumption and fever to di, the eyes and sap the life. You will sow your seed in vain, for your enemies will consume the crop. I will turn against you, and you will be beaten down before your enemies and your foes will lord it over you. You ill flee though no one pursues you. If even after this you do not obey me, I will increase the chastisement for your sins sevenfold, to break your proud strenght. I will make the sky above you as hard as iron, and your soil as hard as bronze, so that your strengh will be spent in vain; your land will bear no crops, and its trees no fruit. If then you continue hostile, unwilling to obey me, I will multiply my blows sevenfold, as your sins deserve. i will unleash wild beasts against you, to rob you of your cildren and wipe out your livestock, till your population dwindles away and your roads become deserted. If,with all this, you still do not accept my discipline and continue hostile to me, I too, will continue to be hostile to you and I, for my part, will smite you for your sins sevenfold. I will bring against you the sword, the avenger of my covenant. Though you then huddle together in your cities, I will send pestilence among you, till you are delivered to the enemy. When I break your staff of bread, ten women will need ut one oven for baking your bread, and they shall dole it out to you by weight; and though you eat, you shall not be satisfied. If,despite all this, you disobey and contiue hostile to me, I will continue in my hostile rage toward you, and I myself will discipline you for your sins sevenfold, till you begin to eat the flesh of your own sons and daughters. I will demolish your high places overthrow your incense stands, and cast your corpses upon the corpses of your idols. In my Ioathing of you, I will lay waste your cities and desolate your sanctuaries, refusing your sweet-smelling offerings. So devastated will I leave the land that your enemies who come to live there will stand aghast at the sight of it. And you I will scatter among the nations at the point of my drawn sword, leaving your countryside desolate and your cities deserted. Then shall the land, during the time it lies waste, make up its lost sabbaths, while you are in the land of your enemies; then shall the land have rest and make up for its sabbathes during all the time that it lies desolate, enjoying the rest that you would not let it have on your sabbaths when you lived there. Those of you who survive in the lands of their enemies, I will make so fainthearted that the sound of a driven leaf will pursue them, and they shall run as if from the sword, and fall through no one pursues them; stumbling over one another as if to escape a swore, while no one is afther them---so helpless will you be to take a stand against your foes! You shall perish among the nations, swallowed up in your enemies' country.Those of you who survive will waste away in the lands of their enemies, for their own and their ancestors' guilt. They will confess their inquity and the iniquity of their ancestors in their treachery against me and in their continued hostility toward me, so that I, too, had to be hostile to them and bring them into their enemies' land. Then, when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they make for their iniquity, I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac; and also my covenant with Abraham I will remember. The land, too, I will remember. The land will be forsaken by them, that in its desolation without them, it may make up its sabbaths, and that they, too, may make good the debt of their guilt for having spurned my decrees and loathed my statutes. Yet even so, even while they are in their enemies land, I will not reject or loathe them to the point of wiping them out, thus making void my covenant with them; for I, the LORD, am their God. I will remember for them the covenant I made with their forebears, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations,that I might be their God. I am the LORD. These are the statutes, decress and laws which the LORD established between himself and the Israelites through Moses on Mount Sinai.
 
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25 The Sabbatical year. The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, let the land, too, keep a sabbath for the LORD. For six years you may sow your field, and for six years prune your vineyard, gathering in their produce. But during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath of complete rest, a sabbath for the LORD, when you may neither sow your fild nor prune your vineyard. The aftergrwth of your harvest you shall not reap, nor shall you pick the grapes of your untrimmed vines. If shall be a year of rest for the land. While the land has its sabbath, all its produce will be food to eat for you yourself and for your male and female slave, for your laborer and the tenant who live with you, and like wise for your livestock and for the wild animals on your land. The Jubilee Year. You shall count seven weeks of years---seven times seven years---such that the seven weeks of years amount toforty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month let the ram's horn resound; on this, the Day of Atonement, the ram's horn blast shall resound throughout your land. You shall treat this fiftieth year as sacred. You shall proclaim liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to your own property, each of you to your own family. This fiftieth year is your of jubilee; you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the aftergrowth or pick the untrimmed vines, since this is the jubilee. It shall be sacred for you. You may only eat what the field yields of itself. In this year of jubilee, then, each of you shall return to your own property. Therefore, when you sell any land to yur neighbor or buy any from your neighbor, do not deal unfairly with one another. On the basis of the number of years since the last juilee you shall purchase the land from your neighbor; and so also, on the basis of the number of years of harvest, that person shall sell it to you. When the years are many, the price shall be so much the more; when the years are few, the price shall be so much the less. For it is really the number of harvests that the person sells you. Do not deal unfairly with one another, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your God. Observe my statutes and be careful to keep my ordinances, so that you will dwell securely in the land. The land will yield its fruit and youwill eat your fill, and live there securely. And if you say,"What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we do not sow or reap our crop?" I will command such a blessing for you in the sixth year that there will be crop enough for three years, and when you sow in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the old crop; even into the ninth year, until the crop comes in, you will still be eating from the old crop. Redemption of Property. The land shall not be sold irrevocably; for the land is mine, and you are but resident aliens and under my authority. Therefore, in every part of the country that you occupy, you must permit the land to be redeemed. When one of your kindred is reduced to poverty and has to sell some property, that person's closest relative, who has the duty to redeem it, shall come and redeem what the relative has sold. If, however, the person has no relative to redeem it, but later on acquires sufficient means to redeem it, the person shall calculate the years since the sale, return the balance to the one to whom it was sold, and thus regain the property. But if the person does not acquire sufficient means to buy back the land, what was sold shall remain in the possession of the purchaser until the year of the jubilee, when it must be released to the original owner. When someone sells a dwelling in a walled town, it can be redeemed up to a full year after its sale--- the redemption period is one year. But if such a house in a walled town has not been redeemed at the end of a full year, it shall belong irrevocably to the purchaser throughout the generations; it shall not be released in the jubilee. However, houses in villages that are not encircled by walls shall be reckoned as part of the surrounding farm land; they may be redeemed, and the jubilee they must be released. In levitical cities the Levites shall always have the right to redeem the houses in the cities that are in their possession. As for Levitical property that goes unredeemed---houses sold in cities of their possession shall be released in the jubilee; for thehouses in levitical cities are their possession in the midst of the Israelites. Moreover, the pasture land belonging to their cities shall not be sold at all; it must always remain their possession. When one of your kindred is reduced to poverty and becomes indebted to you you shall support that person like a resident alien; let your kindred live with you. Do not exact interest in advance or accrued interest, but of fear of God let your kindred live with you. Do not give your money at interest or your food at a profit. I, the LORD, am your God, who broughtyou out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God. When your kindred with you, having been so reduced to poverty, sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves. Rather, let them be like laborers or like your tenants, working with you until the jubilee year, when, together with any children, they shall be released from your service and return to their family and to their ancestral property. Since they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, they shall not sell themselves as slaves are sold. Do not lord it over them harshly, but stand in fear of your God. The male and female slaves that you possess---these you shall acquire from the nations round about you. You may also acquire them from among the resident aliens who reside with you, and from their families who are with you, those whom they bore in your land. These yo may possess, and bequeath to your children as their hereditary possession forever. You may treat them as slaves. But none of you shall lord it harshly over any of your fellow Israelites. When your kindred, having been so reduced to poverty, sell themselves to a resident alien who has become wealthy or to descendants of a resident alien's family, even after having sold themselves, they still may be redeemed by one of their kindred, by an uncle or cousin, or by some other relative from their family; or having acquired the means, they may pay the redemption price themselves. With the purchaser they shall compute the years from the sale to the jubilee, distributing the sale price over these years as though they had been hired as laborers. The more years there are, the more of the sale price they shall pay back as the redemption price; the fewer years there are before the jubilee year, the more they have as credit; in proportion to the years of service they shall pay the redemption price. The tenant alien shall treat those who sold themselves as laborers hired on an annual basis, and the alien shall not lord it over them harshly before your very eyes. And if they are not redeemed by these means, they shall nevertheless be released, together with any children, in the jubilee year. For the Israelites belong to me as servants; they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of of Egypt, I the LORD, your God.
 
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24 The Sanctuary Light. The LORD said to Moses: Order the Israelites to bring you clear oil of crushed olives for the light, so that you may keep the lamp burning regularly. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that hangs in front of the covenant, Aaron shall set up the lamp to burn before the LORD regularly, from evening till morning, by a perpetual statute throughout your generations. He shall set up the lamps on the pure gold monorah to burn regularly before the LORD. The Showbread. You shall take bran flour and bake it into twelve cakes, using two tenths of an ephah of flour for each cake. These you shall place in two piles, six in each pile, on the pure gold table before the LORD. With each pile put some pure frankincense, which shall serve as an oblation to the LORD, a tocken of the bread offering. Regularly on each sabbath day the bread shall be set out before theLORD on behalf of the Israelites by an everlasting convenant. It shall belong to Aaron and his sons, who must eat it in a sacred place, since it is most sacred, his as a perpetual due from the oblations to the LORD. Punishment of Blasphemy. A man born of an Israelite mother and an Egypian father went out among the Israelites, and in the camp a fight broke out between the son of the Israelite woman and an Israelite man. The son of the Israelite woman uttered the LORD's name in a curse and blasphemed, So he was brought to Moses---now his moother's name was Shelomith, daughter ofthe tribe of Dan---and he was kept in custody till a decision from the LORD should settle the case for them. The LORD then said to Moses; Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and when all who heard him have laid their hands on his head, let the whole community stone him. Tell the Israelites: Anyone who blasphemes God shall bear the penalty, whoever utters the name of the LORD in a curse shall be put to death. The whole community shall stone that person; alien and native-born alike must be put to death for uttering the LORD's name in a curse. Whoever takes the life of any human being shall be put to death; whoever takes the life of an animal shall make restitution of another animal, life for a life. Anyone who inflicts a permanent injury on his or her neighbor shall receive the same in return: fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth for tooth. The same injury that one gives another shall be inflicted in return. Whoever takes the life ofan animal shall make restitution, butwhoever takes a human life shall be put to death. You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike. I, the LORD, am your God. When Moses told this to the Israelites, they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him; they did just as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
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23 Holy Days. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: The following are the festivals of the LORD, which you shall declare holy days. These are my fstivals: For six days work may be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a declared holy day; you shall do no work. It is the LORD's sabbath wherever you dwell' Passover. These are the festvals of the LORD, holy days which you shall declare at their proper time. The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month, at the evening twilight. The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD's feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first of these days you will have a declared holy day; you shall do no heavy work. On each of the seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD. Then on the seventh day you will have a declared holy day; you shalldo no heavy work. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you come into the land which I am giving you, and reap its harvest, you shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest, who shall elevate the sheaf before the LORD that it may be acceptable on your behalf. On the day after the sabbath the priest shall do this. On this day, when your sheaf is elevated, you shall offer to the LORD for a burnt offering an unblemished yearling lamb. Its grain offering shall be two tenths of an ephah of bran flour mixed with oil, as a sweet-smalling oblation to the LORD; and its libation shall be a fourth of a hin of wine. You shall not eat any bread or roasted grain or fresh kernels until this day, when you bring the offering for your God. This shall be a perpetual statute throuthout your generations wherever you dwell. Pentecost. Beginning with the day after the sabbath, the day on which you bring the sheaf for elevation, you shall count seven full weeks; you shall count to the day after the seventh week, fifty days. Then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. Tor the elevated offering of your first-ripened fruits to the LORD, you shall bring with you from wherever you live two loaves of bread made of two tenths of an ephah of bran flour and baked with leaven. Besides the bread, you shall offer to the LORD a burnt offering of seven unblemished yearling lambs, onebull of the herd, and two rams, along with their grain offering and libations, as a sweet-smelling oblation to the LORD. One male goat shall be sacrificed as a purification offering, and two yearling lambs as a communion sacrifice. The priest shall elevate them--- that is, the two lambs--- with the bread of the first-ripened fruits as an elevated offering before the LORD; these shall be sacred to the LORD and belong to the priest. On this same day you shall make a proclamation: there shall be a declared holy day for you; no heavy work may be done. This shall be a perpetual strough all your generations wherever you dwell. When you reap the harvest of your land, youshall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you gather the glenings of your harvest. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien. I, the LORD, am your God. New Year's Day. The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites: On the first day of the seventh month you will have a sabbath rest, with trumpet blasts as a reminder, a declared holy day; you shall do no heavy work, and you shall offer an oblation to the LORD. The Day of Atonement. The LORD said to Moses: Now the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. You will have a declared holy day. you shall humble yourselves and offer an oblation to the LORD. On this day you shall not do any work, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD, your God. Those who do not humble themselveds on this day shall be cut off from the people. If anyone does any work on this day, I will remove that person from the midst of the people. You shall do no work; this is a perpetual statute throughout your generations wherever you dwell; it is a sabbath of complete rest for you. You shall humble yourselves. Beginning on the evening of the ninth of the month, you shall keep your sabbath from evening to evening. The Feast of Booths. The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites: The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the LORD's feast of Booths, which shall continue for seven days. On the first day, a declared holy day, you shall do no heavy work.For seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD, and on the eighth day you will have a declared holy day. You shall offer an oblation to the LORD. It is the festival closing. You shall do no heavy work. These, therefore, are the festivals of the LORDwhich you shall declare holy days, in order to offer as an oblation to the LORD burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and libations, as prescribed for each day, in addition to the LORD's sabbaths, your donations, your various votive offerings, and the voluntary offerings that you present to the LORD. On the fifteenth day, then, of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for a whole week. The first and the eighth day shall be days of rest. On the first day you shall gather fruit of majestic trees, brabches of palms, and boughs of leafy trees and valley willows. Then for a week you shall make merry before the LORD, your God. You shall keep this feast of the LORD for one whole week in the year. By perpetual statute throughout your generations in the seventh month of the year, you shall keep it. You shall dwellin booths for seven days; every native-born Israelite shall dwell in booths, that your descendants may realize that, when I led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, I made them dwell in booths. I, the LORD, am your God. Thus did Moses announce to the Israelites the festivals of the LORD.
 
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22 Priestly Purity. The LORD said to MOses: Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings which the Israelites consecrate to me; otherwise they will profane my holy name. I am the LORD. Tell them: If any one of you, or of your descendants in any futere generation, dares, while he is in a state of uncleanness, to draw near the sacred offerings wich the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, such a one shall be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD. No descendant of Aaron who is stricken with a scaly infection, or who suffers from a genital discharge, may eat of the sacred offerings, untill he again becomes clean. Moreover, if anyone touches a person has become unclean by contact with a corpse, or if anyone has had an emission of semen, or if anyone touches any swarming creature whose uncleanness is contagious or any person whose uncleanness, of whatever kind it may be, is contagious--- the one who touches such as these shall be unclean until evening and may not eat of the sacred portions until he has first bathed his body in water. Then, when the sun sets, he shall be clean. Only then may he eat of the sacred offerings, for they are his food. He shall not make himself unclean by eating of any animal that has died of itself or has been killed by wild beasts. I am the LORD. They shall keep my charge so that they will not bear the punishment in this matter and die for their profanation. I am the LORD who make them holy. Neither an unauthorized person nor a priest's tenant or laborer may eat of any sacred offering. But a slave whom a priest acquires by purchase or who is born in his house may eat of his food. Apriest's daughter who is marrried to an unauthorized person may not eat of the sacred contributions. But if a priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and, having no children, returns to her father's house, she may then eat of divorced and, having no children, returns to her father's house, she may then eat of her father's food as in her youth. No unauthorized person, however, may eat of it. If such a one eats of a sacred offering through inadvertence, that person shall make restitution to the priest for the sacred offering, with an increment of one fifth of the amount. The priest shall not allow the sacred offerings which the Israelites contribute to the LORD to be profaned nor make them incur a penalty when they eat their sacred offerings. For I, the LORD, make them holy. Unacceptable Victims. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites, and tell them: When anyone of the house of Israel, or any alien residing in Israel, who presents an offering, bring a burnt offering as a votive offering or as a voluntary offering to the LORD, if it is to be acceptable for you, it must be an unblemished male of the herd, of the sheep or of the goats. You shall not offer one that has ay blemish, for such a one would not be acceptable on your behalf. When anyone presents a communion sacrifice to the LORD from the herd or the flock in fulfillment of a vow, or as a voluntary offering, if it is to find acceptance, it must be unblemished; it shall not have any blemish. One that is blind or lame or maimed, or one that has running lesions or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD; do not put such an animal on the altar as oblation to the LORD. An ox or a sheep that has a leg that is too long or is stunted you may indeed present as a voluntary offering but it will not be acceptable as a votive offering. One that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn out orcut off you shall not offer to the LORD. You shall neither do this in your own land nor receive from a foreigner any such animals to offer up as the food of your God; since they are deformed or blemished they will not be acceptable on your behalf. The LORD said to Moses: When an ox a lamb or a goat is born, it shall remain with its mother for seven days; only from the eighth day onward will it be acceptable, tobe offered as an oblation to the LORD. You shall not slaughter an ox or a sheep on one and the same day with its young. Whenever you offer a thanksgiving sacrifice to the LORD, so offer it that it may be acceptable on your behaf, it must be eaten on the same day; none of it shall be left over until morning. I am the LORD. Be careful to observe my commandments. I am the LORD. Do not profane my holy name, that in the midst of the Israelites I may be hallowed. I, the LORD, make you holy, who led you out of the and of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD.
 
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21 Sanctity of the Priesthood. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the priests Aaron's sons, and tell them: None of you shall make himself unclean for any dead person among his kindred, except for his nearest, relatives, his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother or his unmarried sister, who is of his own family while she remains single; for these he may make himself unclean. But as a husband among his kindred he shall not make himself unclean and thus profane himself. The priests shall not make bald the crown of their head, nor shave the edges of their beard, nor lacerate their body. They shall be holy to their God, and shall not profane their God's name, since they offer the oblations of the LORD, the food of their God; so they must be holy. A priest shall not marry a woman debased by prostituion, nor a woman who has been divorced by her husband; for the priest is holy to his God. Honor him as holy for he offers the food of your God; he shall be holy to you, because I, the LORD, am holy who make you holy. If a priest's daughter debases herself by prostitution, she thereby debases her father; she shall be burned with fire. The most exalted of the priests, upon whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been ordained to wear the special vestments, shall not dishevel his hair or rend his garments, nor shall he go near any dead person. Not even for his father or mother may he thus become unclean; nor shall he leave the sanctuary and profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him. I am the LORD He shall marry only a woman who is a virgin. He shall not marry a widow or a wonam who has been divorced or one who has been debased by prostitution, but only a virgin, taken from his kindred, he shall marry, so that he not profane his offspring among his kindred. I, the LORD, make him holy. Priestly Blemishes. The LORD said to Moses; Say to Aaron: None of your descendants, throughout their generations, who has any blemish shall come forward to offer the food of his God. Anyone who has any of the following blemishes may not come forward: he who is blind, or lame, or who has a split lip, or a limb too long, or a broken leg or arm, or who is a hunchback or dwarf or has a growth in the eye, or who is afflicted with sores, scabs, or crushed testicles. No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any such blemish may draw near to offer the oblations of the LORD; on account of his blemish he may not draw near to offer the food of his God. He may, however, eat the food of his God: of the most sacred as well as sacred offerings. Omly, he may not enter through the veil nor draw near to the altar on acccount of his blemish; shall not profane my sacred precincts, for it is I, the LORD, who make them holy. moses, therefore, told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.
 
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20 penalties for Various Sins. The LORD said to Moses: Telll the Israelites: Anyone, whether an Israelite or an alien residing in Israel, who gives off spring to Molech shall be put to death. The people of the land shall stone that person. I myself will turn against and cut off that individual from among the people; for in the giving of offspring to Molech, my sanctuary was defiled and my holy name was profaned. If the people of the land condone the giving of offspring to Molech, by failing to put the wrongdoer to death, I myself will turn against that indiviual and his or her family, and I will cut off from their people both the wrongdoer and who follow this person by prostituting themselves with Molech. Should anyone turn to ghosts and spirits and prostitute oneself with them , I will turn against that person and cut such off from among the people. Sanctify yourselves,then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. Be careful, therefore, to observe my statutes. I, the LORD, make you holy. Anyone who curses father or mother shall be put to death; and having cursed father or mother, such a one will bear the bloodguilt. If a man commits adul tery with his neighbor's, wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. If a man disgracess his father by lying with his father's wife, the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have done what is perverse; their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man lies with a male as with a woman, they have committted an abomination; the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguit is upon them. If a man marries a wman and her mother also, that is shameful conduct; the man andthe two women as well shall be burned to death, so that shamefulness may not be found among you. If a man has swxual relations with an animal, the man shall be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman goes up to any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall both be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man marries his sister, his father's daughter or his mother's daughter, and they have intercourse with each other, that is disgraceful; they shall be publicly cut off from the people; the man shall bear the penalty of having had intercorse with his own sister. If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and has intercourse with her, he has laid bare the source of her flow and she has uncovered it The two of them shall be cut off from the people. You shall not have intercourse with your mother's sister or your father's sister, because that dishonors one's own flesh; they shall bear their penalty.If a man lies with his uncle's wife, he disgraces his uncle; they shall bear the penalty; they shall die childless. If a man takes his brother's wif, it is severe defilement and he has disgraced his brother, they shall be childless. Be carful to observe all my statutes and all my decres; otherwise the land where i am bringing you to dwell vomit you out. Do not conform, therfore, to the customs of the nations whom I am drivin g out your way, because all these things that they have done have filld me with disgust for them. But to you I have said: You shall take possession of their land. I am givin g it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey. I, the LORD, am your God, who have set you apart from other peoples. You, too, must set apart, then, the clean animals from the unclean, and the clean birds from the unclean, so that you do not make yourselves detestable through any beast or bird or any creature which creeps on the ground that I have set apart for you as unclean. To me, therefore, you shall be holy; for I the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from other peoples to be my own. A man or a woman who acts as a medium or clairvoyant shall be put to death. They shall be stoned to death; their bloodguilt is upon them.
 
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19 Various Rules of Conduct. The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: for I, the LORD your God, am holy. Each of you revere your mother and father, and keep my sabbaths. I, the LORD, am your God. Do not turn aside to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves. I, the LORD, am your God. When you sacrifice your communion sacrifice to the LORD, you shall acrifice it so that it is acceptable on your behalf. It must be eaten on the day of your sacrifice or on the following day. Whatever is left over until the third day shall be burned in fire. If any of it is eaten on the third day, it will be a desecrated offering and not be accepted; whoever eats of it then shall bear the penalty for having profanes what is sacred to the LORD. Such a one shall be cut off from the people. When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so through that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyard bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien. I, the LORD, am your God. You shalll not steal, You shallnot deceive or speak falsely to one another, You shall not swear falsely by my name, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the LORD. You shallnot exploit your neighbor. You shall not commit robbery.You shall not with hold overnight the wages of your laborer. You shall not insult the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but you shall fear your God. I am the LORD. You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your neighbor justly. You shall not go about spreading slander among your people; nnor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor's life is at stake. I am the LORD. You shall not hate any of your kindred in your heart. Reprove your neighbor openly so that you do not incur sin because of that person. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD. Keep my statutes: do not breed any of your domestic animals with others of a different species; do not sow a field of yours with ywo different kinds of seed; and do not put on a garment woven with two differnt kinds of thread. If a man has sexual relations with a female slave who has been acquired by another man but has not yet been redeemed or given her freedom, an investigation shall be mad. They shall not be put to death, because shae has not been freed. The man shall bring to the entrence of the tent of meeting as his reparation to the LORD a ram as a reparation offering. With the ram of the reparation offering the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for the wrong the man has committed, so that he will be forgiven for the wrong he has committed. When you come into the land plant any fruit tree there, first look upon its fruit as if it were uncricumcised. For three years , it shall be uncircumcised for you;it may not be eaten. In the fourth year, however, all of its fruit shall be dedicated to the LORD in joyous celebration. Not until the fifth year may you eat its fruit, to increase the yield for you. I, the LORD, am your God. Do not eat anything with the blood still in it. Do not recite charms orpractice soothsaying. Do not clip your hair at the temples, nor spoil the edges of your beard. Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD. You shall not degrade your daughter by making a prostitute of her; otherwise the land will prostitute itself and become full of lewdness. Keep my sabbaths, and revernce my sanctuary. I am the LORD. Do not turn to ghosts or consult spirits, by which you will be defiled. I the LORD, am your God. Do not turn to ghosts or consult spirits, by which you will be defiled. I, the LORD am your God. Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the old, and fear your God. I am the LORD. When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God. Do not act dishonestly in using measures of lenght or weight or capacity. You shall have a true scale and true weights, an honest ephah and honest hin. I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Be careful,then, to observe all my statutes and decrees. I am the LORD.
 
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18 Laws Concerning Sexual Behavior. TheLORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: I, the LORD, am your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypy, where you once lived, nor shall you do as they do in the land of Canaaan, where I am bringing you; do not conform to their customs. My decrees you shall carry out, and my statutes you shall take care to follow. I, the LORD, am your God. Keep, then, my statutes and decrees, for the person who carries them out will find life through them. I am the LORD. None of you shall approach a close relative to have sexual intercours. I am the LORD. You shall not disgrace your father by having intercourse with your mother. She is your own mother; you shall not have intercourse with her. you shall not have intercourse with your father's wife, for that would be a discharge to your father. You shall not have intercourse with your sister, your father's dauther or your mother's daughter, wether shae was born in your own household or born elsewhere. You shall not have intercourse with your son's daughter or with your daughter's daughter, for that would be a disgrace to you. You shall not have intercourse with the daughter whom your father's wife bore to him in his household, since she, too, is your sister. You shall not have intercorse with your father's sister, since she is your father's relative. You shall not have intercorse with your mother's since shae is your moter's relative. You shall not disgrce your father's brother by having sexual relations with his wife, since she, too, is your aunt. You shall not have intercorse with your dauther-in-law; she is your son's wife; you shall not have intercorse with her. you shall not have intercorse is your brother's wife; that would be a disgrce to your brother. you shall not have intercourse with a woman and also with her daughter, nor shall you marry and have inercorse with her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, they are related to her. This would be shameful. While your wife is still living you shall not marry her sister as her rival abd have intercourse with her. You shalll not approach a woman to have intercourse with her while she is in her menstual uncleannes. You shall not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife, defiling yourself with her. You shall not offer any of your offspring for immolation to Molech, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, such a thing is an abomination. You shall not have sexual relations with an animal, defiling yourself with it; nor shall a wo,an set herself in front of an animal to mate with it; that is perverse. Do not defile yourselves by any of these things, because by them the nations Whom I am driving out of your way have defiled themselves. And so the land has become defiled, and I have punished it for its wickeness, and the land has vomited out its inhabitants. You, however, must keep my statutes and decrees, avoiding all these abominations, both the natives and the aliens resident among you---- because the previous inhabitants did all these abomintions and the land became vomited out the nations before you. For whoever does any of these abominations shall be cut off from the people. Heed my charge, then, not to observe the abominable customs that have been observed before your time, and thus become impure by them. I, the LORD, am your God.
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