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 Leviticus 20
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On Human Sacrifice and Immoralities

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "You shall also say to the sons of Israel:

`Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who R475 gives any of his offspring F266 to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the R476 people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 `I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring F267 to Molech, so R477 as to defile My sanctuary and to R478 profane My holy name. 4 `If the people of the land, however, should F268 ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring F269 to Molech, so as not to put him to death, 5 then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.

6 `As for the person who turns to mediums R479 F270 and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. 7 `You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be R480 holy, for I am the LORD your God. 8 `You R481 shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.

9 `If R482 there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.

10 `If R483 there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 `If R484 there is a man who lies with his father's wife, he has uncovered his father's nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them. 12 `If R485 there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed incest, F271 their bloodguiltiness is upon them. 13 `If R486 there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them. 14 `If R487 there is a man who marries F272 a woman and her mother, it is immorality; both he and they shall be burned with fire, so that there will be no immorality in your midst. 15 `If R488 there is a man who lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; you shall also kill the animal. 16 `If there is a woman who approaches any animal to mate F273 with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

17 `If R489 there is a man who takes his sister, his father's daughter or his mother's daughter, so that he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the sons of their people. He has uncovered his sister's nakedness; he bears his guilt. 18 `If R490 there is a man who lies with a menstruous F274 woman and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow, and she has exposed F275 the flow of her blood; thus both of them shall be cut off from among their people. 19 `You R491 shall also not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister or of your father's sister, for such a one has made naked his blood F276 relative; they will bear their guilt. 20 `If R492 there is a man who lies with his uncle's wife he has uncovered his uncle's nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless. 21 `If R493 there is a man who takes his brother's wife, it is abhorrent; F277 he has uncovered his brother's nakedness. They will be childless.

22 `You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to live F278 will not spew R494 you out. 23 `Moreover, you shall not follow F279 the R495 customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore R496 I have abhorred them. 24 `Hence I have said to you, "You R497 are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has separated R498 you from the peoples. 25 `You R499 are therefore to make a distinction between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean; and you shall not make yourselves F280 detestable by animal or by bird or by anything that F281 creeps on the ground, which I have separated for you as unclean. 26 `Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have R500 set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.

27 `Now a man or a woman who R501 is a medium or a spiritist F282 shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.' "


FOOTNOTES:
F266: Lit seed
F267: Lit seed
F268: Lit hiding they hide their eyes from
F269: Lit seed
F270: Or ghosts and spirits
F271: Lit confusion; i.e. a violation of divine order
F272: Lit takes
F273: Lit lie
F274: Lit sick
F275: Or uncovered
F276: Lit flesh
F277: Or an impure deed
F278: Lit dwell in it
F279: Lit walk in the statutes
F280: Lit your souls
F281: Lit with which the ground creeps
F282: Lit spiritist among them

CROSS REFERENCES:
R475: Leviticus 18:21
R476: Leviticus 20:27; 24:14-23; Numbers 15:35,36; Deuteronomy 21:21
R477: Leviticus 15:31
R478: Leviticus 18:21
R479: Leviticus 19:31
R480: Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16
R481: Exodus 31:13
R482: Exodus 21:17; Deuteronomy 27:16
R483: Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20; Deuteronomy 5:18
R484: Leviticus 18:7,8; Deuteronomy 27:20
R485: Leviticus 18:15
R486: Leviticus 18:22
R487: Leviticus 18:17; Deuteronomy 27:23
R488: Leviticus 18:23; Deuteronomy 27:21
R489: Leviticus 18:9; Deuteronomy 27:22
R490: Leviticus 15:24; 18:19
R491: Leviticus 18:12,13
R492: Leviticus 18:14
R493: Leviticus 18:16
R494: Leviticus 18:28
R495: Leviticus 18:3
R496: Leviticus 18:25
R497: Exodus 13:5; 33:1-3
R498: Exodus 33:16; Leviticus 20:26
R499: Leviticus 10:10; 11:1-47; Deuteronomy 14:3-21
R500: Leviticus 20:24
R501: Leviticus 19:31

 
 

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