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Leviticus 18 (Lexham English Bible)

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Unlawful Sexual Relations

1 Thena Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the {Israelites},b and say to them, 'I [am] Yahweh your God. 3 You must not {carry out}c the practices of the land of Egypt, in which you lived, and you must not {carry out}d the practices of the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you; and you must not follow their statutes. 4 You must {carry out}e my regulations, and you must observef my statutes by following them; I [am] Yahweh your God. 5 And you shall observeg my statutes and my regulations {by which the person doing them shall live};h I [am] Yahweh. 6 " '{None}i [of] you shall approach anyone [who is] {his close relative}j to expose nakedness; I [am] Yahweh. 7 You must not expose your father's nakedness ork your mother's nakedness--she [is] your mother; you must not expose her nakedness. 8 You must not expose the nakedness of your father's wife--it is your father's nakedness. 9 [As for] your sister's nakedness, [whether] your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, [whether] {born at home}l or {born abroad},m you must not expose their nakedness. 10 [As for] the nakedness of your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, you must not expose their nakedness, because they [are] your nakedness. 11 [As for] the nakedness of the daughter of your father's wife, she [is] your sister, a relative of your father; you must not expose her nakedness. 12 You must not expose the nakedness of your father's sister; she [is] {your father's close relative}.n 13 You must not expose the nakedness of your mother's sister, because she [is] {your mother's close relative}.o 14 You must not expose the nakedness of your father's brother; you must not {have sex with}p his wife--she [is] your aunt. 15 You must not expose your daughter-in-law's nakedness; she [is] your son's wife; you must not expose her nakedness. 16 You must not expose the nakedness of your brother's wife; she [is] your brother's nakedness. 17 You must not expose the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, or her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter; you must not take [her as wife]q to expose her nakedness; they [are] {close relatives}r--that [is] wickedness. 18 And you must not take [as wife]s a woman with her sister, to be a rival-wife, to expose her nakedness before her {during}t her life. 19 " 'And you must not {have sex with}u a woman to expose her nakedness {during}v her menstrual uncleanness. 20 And {you must not have sex}w with your fellow citizen'sx wife, becoming unclean with her. 21 " 'And you shall not give {any of}y your offspringz in order to sacrifice [them] to Molech, noraa shall you profane the name of your God; I [am] Yahweh. 22 And you shall not lie with a male as lying {with}bb a woman; that [is] a detestable thing. 23 And you shall not {have sexual relations}cc with any animal, becoming unclean with it; and a woman shall not stand {before}dd an animal to copulate with it--that [is] a perversion. 24 " 'You must not make yourself unclean in any of these [things], because the nations whom I am driving out from your presence were made unclean by all of these. 25 Soee the land became unclean, and {I have brought the punishment of}ff its guilt upon it, and the land has vomited out its inhabitants. 26 Butgg you ([neither] the native norhh the alien who is dwelling in your midst) shall keep my statutes and my regulations, and you shall not {practice}ii any of these detestable things 27 (because the people of the land, who [were] {before you},jj did all these detestable things, so the land became unclean), 28 so that the land will not vomit you out when you make it unclean [just] as it vomited out the nation that [was] {before you}.kk 29 Indeed, anyone who does any of these detestable things, evenll those persons who do so shall be cut off from the midst of their people. 30 Thusmm you shall keep my obligation to not do any of the statutes {regarding}nn the detestable things that they did {before you},oo so that you will not make yourselves unclean by them; I [am] Yahweh your God.'"
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