The LORD also said to Moses,
"Say this to the entire community of Israel: You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Each of you must show respect for your mother and father, and you must always observe my Sabbath days of rest, for I, the LORD, am your God.
Do not put your trust in idols or make gods of metal for yourselves. I, the LORD, am your God.
"When you sacrifice a peace offering to the LORD, offer it properly so it will be accepted on your behalf.
You must eat it on the same day you offer it or on the next day at the latest. Any leftovers that remain until the third day must be burned.
If any of the offering is eaten on the third day, it will be contaminated, and I will not accept it.
If you eat it on the third day, you will answer for the sin of profaning what is holy to the LORD and must be cut off from the community.
"When you harvest your crops, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop.
It is the same with your grape crop -- do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners who live among you, for I, the LORD, am your God.
"Do not steal."Do not cheat one another."Do not lie.
"Do not use my name to swear a falsehood and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
"Do not cheat or rob anyone."Always pay your hired workers promptly.
"Show your fear of God by treating the deaf with respect and by not taking advantage of the blind. I am the LORD.
"Always judge your neighbors fairly, neither favoring the poor nor showing deference to the rich.
"Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. "Do not try to get ahead at the cost of your neighbor's life, for I am the LORD.
"Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives."Confront your neighbors directly so you will not be held guilty for their crimes.
"Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
"You must obey all my laws."Do not breed your cattle with other kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of fabric.
"If a man has sexual intercourse with a slave girl who is committed to become someone else's wife, compensation must be paid. But since she had not been freed at the time, the couple will not be put to death.
The man, however, must bring a ram as a guilt offering and present it to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
The priest will then make atonement for him before the LORD with the sacrificial ram of the guilt offering, and the man will be forgiven.
"When you enter the land and plant fruit trees, leave the fruit unharvested for the first three years and consider it forbidden.
In the fourth year the entire crop will be devoted to the LORD as an outburst of praise.
Finally, in the fifth year you may eat the fruit. In this way, its yield will be increased. I, the LORD, am your God.
"Never eat meat that has not been drained of its blood."Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft.
"Do not trim off the hair on your temples or clip the edges of your beards.
"Never cut your bodies in mourning for the dead or mark your skin with tattoos, for I am the LORD.
"Do not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be filled with promiscuity and detestable wickedness.
"Keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence toward my sanctuary, for I am the LORD.
"Do not rely on mediums and psychics, for you will be defiled by them. I, the LORD, am your God.
"Show your fear of God by standing up in the presence of elderly people and showing respect for the aged. I am the LORD.
"Do not exploit the foreigners who live in your land.
They should be treated like everyone else, and you must love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.
"Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or volume.
Your scales and weights must be accurate. Your containers for measuring dry goods or liquids must be accurate. I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
You must be careful to obey all of my laws and regulations, for I am the LORD."
The LORD said to Moses,
"Give the Israelites these instructions, which apply to those who are Israelites by birth as well as to the foreigners living among you. If any among them devote their children as burnt offerings to Molech, they must be stoned to death by people of the community.
I myself will turn against them and cut them off from the community, because they have defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name by giving their children to Molech.
And if the people of the community ignore this offering of children to Molech and refuse to execute the guilty parents,
then I myself will turn against them and cut them off from the community, along with all those who commit prostitution by worshiping Molech.
"If any among the people are unfaithful by consulting and following mediums or psychics, I will turn against them and cut them off from the community.
So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I, the LORD, am your God.
Keep all my laws and obey them, for I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
"All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.
"If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.
If a man has intercourse with his father's wife, both the man and the woman must die, for they are guilty of a capital offense.
If a man has intercourse with his daughter-in-law, both must be put to death. They have acted contrary to nature and are guilty of a capital offense.
"The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act and are guilty of a capital offense.
If a man has intercourse with both a woman and her mother, such an act is terribly wicked. All three of them must be burned to death to wipe out such wickedness from among you.
"If a man has sexual intercourse with an animal, he must be put to death, and the animal must be killed.
If a woman approaches a male animal to have intercourse with it, she and the animal must both be put to death. Both must die, for they are guilty of a capital offense.
"If a man has sexual intercourse with his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, it is a terrible disgrace. Both of them must be publicly cut off from the community. Since the man has had intercourse with his sister, he will suffer the consequences of his guilt.
If a man has intercourse with a woman suffering from a hemorrhage, both of them must be cut off from the community, because he exposed the source of her flow, and she allowed him to do it.
"If a man has sexual intercourse with his aunt, whether his mother's sister or his father's sister, he has violated a close relative. Both parties are guilty of a capital offense.
If a man has intercourse with his uncle's wife, he has violated his uncle. Both the man and woman involved are guilty of a capital offense and will die childless.
If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity. He has violated his brother, and the guilty couple will remain childless.
"You must carefully obey all my laws and regulations; otherwise the land to which I am bringing you will vomit you out.
Do not live by the customs of the people whom I will expel before you. It is because they do these terrible things that I detest them so much.
But I have promised that you will inherit their land, a land flowing with milk and honey. I, the LORD, am your God, who has set you apart from all other people.
"You must therefore make a distinction between ceremonially clean and unclean animals, and between clean and unclean birds. You must not defile yourselves by eating any animal or bird or creeping creature that I have forbidden.
You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.
"Men and women among you who act as mediums or psychics must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense."
The LORD said to Moses, "Tell the priests to avoid making themselves ceremonially unclean by touching a dead relative
unless it is a close relative -- mother or father, son or daughter, brother
or virgin sister who was dependent because she had no husband.
As a husband among his relatives, he must not defile himself.
"The priests must never shave their heads, trim the edges of their beards, or cut their bodies.
They must be set apart to God as holy and must never dishonor his name. After all, they are the ones who present the offerings to the LORD by fire, providing God with his food, and they must remain holy.
"The priests must not marry women defiled by prostitution or women who have been divorced, for the priests must be set apart to God as holy.
You must treat them as holy because they offer up food to your God. You must consider them holy because I, the LORD, am holy, and I make you holy.
If a priest's daughter becomes a prostitute, defiling her father's holiness as well as herself, she must be burned to death.
"The high priest, who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and has been ordained to wear the special priestly garments, must never let his hair hang loose or tear his clothing.
He must never defile himself by going near a dead person, even if it is his father or mother.
He must not desecrate the sanctuary of his God by leaving it to attend his parents' funeral, because he has been made holy by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.
"The high priest must marry a virgin.
He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution. She must be a virgin from his own clan,
that he may not dishonor his descendants among the members of his clan, because I, the LORD, have made him holy."
Then the LORD said to Moses,
"Tell Aaron that in all future generations, his descendants who have physical defects will not qualify to offer food to their God.
No one who has a defect may come near to me, whether he is blind or lame, stunted or deformed,
or has a broken foot or hand,
or has a humped back or is a dwarf, or has a defective eye, or has oozing sores or scabs on his skin, or has damaged testicles.
Even though he is a descendant of Aaron, his physical defects disqualify him from presenting offerings to the LORD by fire. Since he has a blemish, he may not offer food to his God.
However, he may eat from the food offered to God, including the holy offerings and the most holy offerings.
Yet because of his physical defect, he must never go behind the inner curtain or come near the altar, for this would desecrate my holy places. I am the LORD who makes them holy."
So Moses gave these instructions to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)