Leviticus 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God spoke to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Speak to the congregation of Israel. Tell them: Be holy because I, God, your God, am holy. 2 "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
3 "Every one of you must respect his mother and father. "Keep my Sabbaths. I am God, your God. 3 " 'Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
4 "Don't take up with no-god idols. Don't make gods of cast metal. I am God, your God. 4 " 'Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
5 "When you sacrifice a Peace-Offering to God, do it as you've been taught so it is acceptable. 5 " 'When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
6 Eat it on the day you sacrifice it and the day following. Whatever is left until the third day is to be burned up. 6 It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.
7 If it is eaten on the third day it is polluted meat and not acceptable. 7 If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted.
8 Whoever eats it will be held responsible because he has violated what is holy to God. That person will be cut off from his people. 8 Whoever eats it will be held responsible because he has desecrated what is holy to the LORD; that person must be cut off from his people.
9 "When you harvest your land, don't harvest right up to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings from the harvest. 9 " 'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
10 Don't strip your vineyard bare or go back and pick up the fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am God, your God. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
11 "Don't steal. "Don't lie. "Don't deceive anyone. 11 " 'Do not steal. " 'Do not lie. " 'Do not deceive one another.
12 "Don't swear falsely using my name, violating the name of your God. I am God. 12 " 'Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
13 "Don't exploit your friend or rob him. "Don't hold back the wages of a hired hand overnight. 13 " 'Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. " 'Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.
14 "Don't curse the deaf; don't put a stumbling block in front of the blind; fear your God. I am God. 14 " 'Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.
15 "Don't pervert justice. Don't show favoritism to either the poor or the great. Judge on the basis of what is right. 15 " 'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
16 "Don't spread gossip and rumors. "Don't just stand by when your neighbor's life is in danger. I am God. 16 " 'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. " 'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.
17 "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. 17 " 'Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.
18 "Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. "Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God. 18 " 'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
19 "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. 19 " 'Keep my decrees. " 'Do not mate different kinds of animals. " 'Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. " 'Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
20 "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. 20 " 'If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed.
21 The man must bring a Compensation-Offering to God at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, a ram of compensation. 21 The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for a guilt offering to the LORD.
22 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. 22 With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
23 "When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, don't eat the fruit for three years; consider it inedible. 23 " 'When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.
24 By the fourth year its fruit is holy, an offering of praise to God. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.
25 Beginning in the fifth year you can eat its fruit; you'll have richer harvests this way. I am God, your God. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.
26 "Don't eat meat with blood in it. "Don't practice divination or sorcery. 26 " 'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. " 'Do not practice divination or sorcery.
27 "Don't cut the hair on the sides of your head or trim your beard. 27 " 'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
28 "Don't gash your bodies on behalf of the dead. "Don't tattoo yourselves. I am God. 28 " 'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
29 "Don't violate your daughter by making her a whore - the whole country would soon become a brothel, filled with sordid sex. 29 " 'Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
30 "Keep my Sabbaths and revere my Sanctuary: I am God. 30 " 'Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
31 "Don't dabble in the occult or traffic with mediums; you'll pollute your souls. I am God, your God. 31 " 'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
32 "Show respect to the aged; honor the presence of an elder; fear your God. I am God. 32 " 'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
33 "When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don't take advantage of him. 33 " 'When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him.
34 Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
35 "Don't cheat when measuring length, weight, or quantity. 35 " 'Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
36 Use honest scales and weights and measures. I am God, your God. I brought you out of Egypt. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
37 "Keep all my decrees and all my laws. Yes, do them. I am God." 37 " 'Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the LORD.' "