Leviticus 18 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the LORD said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Say to the people of Israel, I am the LORD your God. 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God.
3 You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.
4 You shall do my ordinances and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God.
5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances, by doing which a man shall live: I am the LORD. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.
6 "None of you shall approach any one near of kin to him to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD. 6 " 'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.
7 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 7 " 'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
8 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness. 8 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.
9 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or born abroad. 9 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
10 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son's daughter or of your daughter's daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness. 10 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.
11 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, begotten by your father, since she is your sister. 11 " 'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is your father's near kinswoman. 12 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.
13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister, for she is your mother's near kinswoman. 13 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.
14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 14 " 'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 15 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.
16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; she is your brother's nakedness. 16 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.
17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, and you shall not take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are your near kinswomen; it is wickedness. 17 " 'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
18 And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is yet alive. 18 " 'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
19 "You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. 19 " 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.
20 And you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, and defile yourself with her. 20 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.
21 You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. 21 " 'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. 22 " 'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
23 And you shall not lie with any beast and defile yourself with it, neither shall any woman give herself to a beast to lie with it: it is perversion. 23 " 'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
24 "Do not defile yourselves by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am casting out before you defiled themselves; 24 " 'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.
25 and the land became defiled, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
26 But you shall keep my statutes and my ordinances and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things,
27 (for all of these abominations the men of the land did, who were before you, so that the land became defiled); 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.
28 lest the land vomit you out, when you defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 For whoever shall do any of these abominations, the persons that do them shall be cut off from among their people. 29 " 'Everyone who does any of these detestable things--such persons must be cut off from their people.
30 So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs which were practiced before you, and never to defile yourselves by them: I am the LORD your God." 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.' "