"Don't exploit your friend or rob him. "Don't hold back the wages of a hired hand overnight.
"Don't curse the deaf; don't put a stumbling block in front of the blind; fear your God. I am God.
"Don't pervert justice. Don't show favoritism to either the poor or the great. Judge on the basis of what is right.
"Don't spread gossip and rumors. "Don't just stand by when your neighbor's life is in danger. I am God.
"Don't secretly hate your neighbor. If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise you are an accomplice in his guilt.
"Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. "Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.
"Keep my decrees. "Don't mate two different kinds of animals. "Don't plant your fields with two kinds of seed. "Don't wear clothes woven of two kinds of material.
"If a man has sex with a slave girl who is engaged to another man but has not yet been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be an investigation. But they aren't to be put to death because she wasn't free.
The man must bring a Compensation-Offering to God at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, a ram of compensation.
The priest will perform the ritual of atonement for him before God with the ram of compensation for the sin he has committed. Then he will stand forgiven of the sin he committed.
"When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, don't eat the fruit for three years; consider it inedible.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)