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Leviticus 20:1-27

20  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2  “And to the sons of Israel you shall say ‘Any man of the sons of Israel or of the immigrants that live in Israel who gives offspring of his to Melec shall be put to death; the people of the country shall stone him; 3  and I will set my face against that man and cut him off from among his people, because he gave offspring of his to Melec, defiling my sanctuary and profaning my holy name. 4  And if the people of the country shall ignore that man when he gives offspring of his to Melec, not putting him to death, 5  I will set my face against that man and his clan, and cut off him and all who prostitute themselves to follow him, prostituting themselves to follow Melec, from among their people. 6  And the person that looks toward the mediums of whatever kind, prostituting himself to follow them, I will set my face against that person and cut him off from among his people. 7  “‘And you shall hallow yourselves and be holy, because I am your God Jehovah; 8  and you shall keep my usages and live up to them: I am Jehovah who hallows you. 9  For when any man curses his father and his mother he shall be put to death: he cursed his father and mother, his blood is on himself. 10*  And when a man commits adultery with another’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. 11*  And when a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; they shall both be put to death, their blood is on themselves. 12  And when a man lies with his daughter-in-law, they shall both be put to death; they have committed an act of demoralization, their blood is on themselves. 13  And when a man lies with a male as if with a woman, they have both committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is on themselves. 14  And when a man takes a woman and her mother, it is a lewdness; they shall burn up him and them, and there shall not be lewdness among you. 15  And when a man puts his embrace to a beast, he shall be put to death and you shall kill the beast. 16  And when a woman nears any beast for it to cover her, you shall kill the woman and the beast; they shall be put to death, their blood is on themselves. 17  And when a man takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s, and sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is an infamous act, and they shall be cut off in sight of the sons of their people; he uncovered his sister’s nakedness, he shall bear his guilt. 18  And when a man lies with a menstruating woman and uncovers her nakedness, he has bared her flow and she has uncovered her flow of blood, and they shall both be cut off from among their people. 19  And the nakedness of your mother’s or father’s sister you shall not uncover; because he bared his next of kin, they shall bear their guilt. 20  And when a man lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin, they shall die childless. 21  And when a man takes his brother’s wife it is filthiness; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness, they shall be childless. 22  “‘And you shall keep all my usages and all my laws, and live up to them, that the country I am bringing you into to live in it may not spit you out; 23  and you shall not go by the usages of the nations that I am turning out before you, because they did all these things and I was nauseated at them 24  and said to you “You shall take possession of their soil, and I will give it to you to possess, a country that runs milk and honey. I am your God Jehovah who distinguish you from the peoples[”]; 25*  and you shall distinguish between the clean beasts and the unclean and between the unclean birds and the clean, and not carrionize your persons with beast or bird or anything that crawls on the ground that I have distinguished for you as unclean; 26  and you shall be holy for me because I, Jehovah, am holy and have distinguished you from the peoples to be mine. 27  And a man or woman that has in them a spirit controlling them as medium of any kind must die; they shall stone them; their blood is on themselves.’”

Footnotes

20:10 Codd. lit. And a man who commits adultery with the wife of a man, who commits adultery with another’s wife, the
20:11 Or widow
20:25 Var. for you to regard as unclean