Exodus 23 (New American Standard)

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Sundry Laws

1 "1You shall not bear a false report ; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a 2malicious witness. 2 "You shall not follow athe masses in doing evil, nor shall you btestify in a dispute so as to turn aside after ca multitude in order to 3pervert justice; 3 4nor shall you dbe partial to a poor man in his dispute. 4 "5If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him 5 "6If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him. 6 "7You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute. 7 "8Keep far from a false charge, and 9do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for 10I will not acquit the guilty. 8 "11You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and esubverts the cause of the just. 9 "12You shall not oppress a fstranger, since you yourselves know the gfeelings of a hstranger, for you also were istrangers in the land of Egypt.

The Sabbath and Land

10 "13You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, 11 but on the seventh year you shall let it jrest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat ; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. 12 "14Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as kyour stranger, may refresh themselves. 13 "Now 15concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard ; and 16do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard lfrom your mouth.

Three National Feasts

14 "17Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me 15 "You shall observe 18the Feast of Unleavened Bread ; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the 19month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And m20none shall appear before Me empty-handed. 16 "Also you shall observe 21the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field ; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year 22when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17 "23Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord nGOD. 18 "24You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread ; 25nor is the fat of My ofeast to remain overnight until morning. 19 "You shall bring 26the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God. "27 You are not to boil a young goat in the milk of its mother

Conquest of the Land

20 "Behold, I am going to send 28an angel before you to guard you along the way and 29to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 "Be on your guard before him and obey his voice ; 30do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since 31My name is in him 22 "But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then 32I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23 "33For My angel will go before you and bring you in to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites ; and I will completely destroy them. 24 "34You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds ; 35but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their 36sacred pillars in pieces. 25 "37But you shall serve the LORD your God, pand He will bless your bread and your water ; and 38I will remove sickness from your midst. 26 "There shall be no one miscarrying or 39barren in your land ; 40I will fulfill the number of your days. 27 "I will 41send My terror ahead of you, and 42throw into confusion all the people among whom you come, and I will 43make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 "I will send 44hornets ahead of you so that they will 45drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you. 29 "46I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 "I will drive them out before you 47little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. 31 "48I will fix your boundary from the qRed Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; 49for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will 50drive them out before you. 32 "51You shall rmake no covenant with them 52or with their gods. 33 "53They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, 54it will surely be a snare to you."
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