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Leviticus 18

Leviticus 18:1
Yahweh said to Moses,

Leviticus 18:2
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘I am Yahweh your God.

Leviticus 18:3  
You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived. You shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. You shall not follow their statutes.

Leviticus 18:4  
You shall do my ordinances. You shall keep my statutes and walk in them. I am Yahweh your God.

Leviticus 18:5  
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances, which if a man does, he shall live in them. I am Yahweh.

Leviticus 18:6  
“ ‘None of you shall approach any close relatives, to uncover their nakedness: I am Yahweh.

Leviticus 18:7  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, nor the nakedness of your mother: she is your mother. You shall not uncover her nakedness.

Leviticus 18:8  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife. It is your father’s nakedness.

Leviticus 18:9  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or born abroad.

Leviticus 18:10  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter, or of your daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness; for theirs is your own nakedness.

Leviticus 18:11  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, conceived by your father, since she is your sister.

Leviticus 18:12  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister. She is your father’s near kinswoman.

Leviticus 18:13  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s near kinswoman.

Leviticus 18:14  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother. You shall not approach his wife. She is your aunt.

Leviticus 18:15  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife. You shall not uncover her nakedness.

Leviticus 18:16  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife. It is your brother’s nakedness.

Leviticus 18:17  
“ ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter. You shall not take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness. They are near kinswomen. It is wickedness.

Leviticus 18:18
“ ‘You shall not take a wife in addition to her sister, to be a rival, to uncover her nakedness, while her sister is still alive.

Leviticus 18:19  
“ ‘You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is impure by her uncleanness.

Leviticus 18:20  
“ ‘You shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, and defile yourself with her.

Leviticus 18:21  
“ ‘You shall not give any of your children as a sacrifice to Molech. You shall not profane the name of your God. I am Yahweh.

Leviticus 18:22  
“ ‘You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. That is detestable.

Leviticus 18:23  
“ ‘You shall not lie with any animal to defile yourself with it. No woman may give herself to an animal, to lie down with it: it is a perversion.

Leviticus 18:24  
“ ‘Don’t defile yourselves in any of these things; for in all these the nations which I am casting out before you were defiled.

Leviticus 18:25  
The land was defiled. Therefore I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out her inhabitants.

Leviticus 18:26  
You therefore shall keep my statutes and my ordinances, and shall not do any of these abominations; neither the native-born, nor the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you

Leviticus 18:27  
(for the men of the land that were before you had done all these abominations, and the land became defiled),

Leviticus 18:28  
that the land not vomit you out also, when you defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.

Leviticus 18:29  
“ ‘For whoever shall do any of these abominations, even the souls that do them shall be cut off from among their people.

Leviticus 18:30  
Therefore you shall keep my requirements, that you do not practice any of these abominable customs which were practiced before you, and that you do not defile yourselves with them. I am Yahweh your God.’ ”


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