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Leviticus 18:1-30

18  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, 2  saying “Tell the sons of Israel, I am your God Jehovah. 3*  You are not to do like the doings of the country of Egypt, in which you have been living, nor like the doings of the country of Canaan, into which I am bringing you, nor go by their usages. 4*  You are to live up to my laws and keep my usages, going by them: I am Jehovah your God. 5*  And you are to keep my usages and my laws, which man is to practice and have life by them: I am Jehovah. 6  “You shall not any man of you near any next of kin of his to uncover nakedness: I am Jehovah. 7  Your father’s nakedness and your mother’s you shall not uncover: she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8*  Your father’s wife’s nakedness you shall not uncover: it is your father’s nakedness. 9  The nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s, born in the home or outside, you shall not uncover. 10*  Your son’s daughter’s nakedness or your daughter’s daughter’s you shall not uncover, because they are your own nakedness. 11**  Your father’s wife’s daughter’s nakedness you shall not uncover: she is your father’s progeny, your sister; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 12  Your father’s sister’s nakedness you shall not uncover: she is your father’s next. 13  Your mother’s sister’s nakedness you shall not uncover: she is your mother’s next. 14*  Your father’s brother’s nakedness you shall not uncover, you shall not near his wife: she is your aunt. 15*  Your daughter-in-law’s nakedness you shall not uncover: she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16*  Your brother’s wife’s nakedness you shall not uncover: it is your brother’s nakedness. 17*  The nakedness of a woman and of her daughter you shall not uncover; you shall not take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, uncovering her nakedness: they are your next, it is lewdness. 18*  You shall not take a woman to be rival-wife with her sister, uncovering her nakedness during her life in her despite. 19  “Nor shall you near a woman in her uncleanness of menstruation to uncover her nakedness; 20  nor give neighbor’s wife the emission of your semen, to become unclean by her; 21  nor give issue of yours to be sent over to Melec, and pollute the name of your God; I am Jehovah. 22  Neither shall you lie with a male as if a woman; it is an abomination; 23  nor give your emission to any beast, to become unclean by it; nor shall a woman stand before a beast to be covered; it is demoralization. 24  “Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for with all these things the nations I am turning out before you defiled themselves, 25*  and the country became unclean and I punished it for its guilt, and the country spat out its inhabitants. 26  And you are to keep my usages and laws and not do any of these abominable things, the native nor the immigrant living among you, 27  because all these abominable things the men who had the country before you did and the country became unclean; 28*  that the country may not spit you out at your defiling it, as it spat out the nation before you. 29  For anybody who does any of these abominations, the persons that do so shall be cut off from among their kinsfolk. 30  And you are to keep my charge, not practicing any of the usages of abomination that were practiced before you, and not defiling yourselves with them; I am your God Jehovah.”

Footnotes

18:3 Or by their institutions
18:4 Or keep my institutions
18:5 Or keep my institutions
18:8 Or widow’s
18:10 Lit. son’s daughter’s nakedness . . . uncover their nakedness, because
18:11 Or widow’s daughter’s
18:11 Var. daughter’s nakedness—she is your father’s progeny, your sister—you shall not uncover her nakedness
18:14 Or his widow
18:15 Or son’s widow
18:16 Or brother’s widow’s
18:17 Var. they are next relatives, it
18:18 Lit. take a woman to her sister to rival-wifehood, uncovering her nakedness on her in her life.
18:25 Lit. vomited out
18:28 Lit. vomit you out