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Leviticus 20 (Lexham English Bible)

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Molech Worship and Spiritism

1 Thena Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "And to the {Israelites}b you shall say, '[If there is] {anyone}c from the {Israelites}d ore from the alien who is dwelling in Israel, who gives {any of}f his offspring to Molech, he must surely be put to death; the people of the land must stone him with stones.g 3 And I myself will set my face against that man, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, because he has given {some of}h his offspring to Molech, so that {he makes my sanctuary unclean}i and profanesj {my holy name}.k 4 And if the people of the land ever shut their eyes froml that man at his giving {some of}m his offspring to Molech, not putting him to death, 5 thenn I myself will set my face against that man and against his clan, and I will cut him off and all those from the midst of their people who prostitute after Molech. 6 As foro the person who turns to the mediums and the soothsayers to prostitute after them, I will setp my face against that person, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people. 7 " 'And you shall consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy, because I [am] Yahweh your God. 8 And you shall keep my statutes, and you shall do them; I [am] Yahweh who consecrates you.

Family and Sexual Offenses

9 " 'If [there is] {anyone}q who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father and his mother--his blood [is] upon him. 10 " 'As forr a man who commits adultery with a man's wife, who commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, [both] the man who commits adultery and the woman who commits adultery shall surely be put to death. 11 As fors a man who lies with his father's wife, he has exposed his father's nakedness; both of them shall be put to death--their blood [is] on them. 12 As fort a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed a perversion--their blood [is] on them. 13 " 'As foru the man who lies with a male [as] lying [with] a woman, they have committed a detestable thing; they shall surely be put to death--their blood [is] on them. 14 " 'As forv a man who marries a woman and her mother, that [is] depravity; they shall burn him and them, so that it shall not become depravity in the midst of you [all]. 15 " 'As forw a man who {has sexual relations}x with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you must kill the animal. 16 As fory a woman who approaches any animal to copulate with it, you shall killz the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death--their blood [is] on them. 17 " 'As foraa a man who takes his sister, his father's daughter or his mother's daughter, and he sees her nakedness and she herself sees his nakedness, it [is] a disgrace, and they shall be cut off {before}bb the eyes of {their people};cc he has exposed his sister's nakedness--he must bear his guilt. 18 As fordd a man who lies with a menstruating woman, he exposesee her nakedness--her source he exposes and she herself reveals her blood's source--both of them shall be cut off from the midst of their people. 19 And you shall not expose the nakedness of your mother's sister, and you shall not expose your father's sister, because such a personff has dishonored his close relative--they must bear their guilt. 20 As forgg a man who lies with his aunt, he has exposed his uncle's nakedness--they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21 As forhh a man who marries his brother's wife, it [is] an abomination; he has exposed his brother's nakedness--they shall be childless.

You Shall Be Holy

22 " 'And you shall keep all my statutes and all my regulations, and you shall do them, so thatii the land, to which I am bringing you to inhabit it, shall not vomit you out. 23 And you shall not follow the statutes of the nation that I am driving out {from before you},jj because they did all these things, and I detested them. 24 Sokk I said to you, "You yourselves shall take possession of their land, and I myself shall give it to you to possess it--a land flowing with milk and honey"; I [am] Yahweh your God, who {has set you apart}ll from the nations. 25 And you shall distinguish between the clean and the unclean animal and between the unclean and the clean bird; and you shall not defile yourselves with the animal ormm with the bird ornn with anything that moves along the ground that I have set apart for you {as unclean}.oo 26 And you shall be holy for me, because I, Yahweh, [am] holy, and I have singled you out from the nations to be mine. 27 " 'And a man or a woman, if a spirit of the dead or a spirit of divination is in them, they shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stonespp--their blood [is] on them.'"
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