Exodus 23 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
Bible in Basic English (BBE) New International Version (NIV)
1 Do not let a false statement go further; do not make an agreement with evil-doers to be a false witness. 1 "Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.
2 Do not be moved to do wrong by the general opinion, or give the support of your words to a wrong decision: 2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,
3 But, on the other hand, do not be turned from what is right in order to give support to a poor man's cause. 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.
4 If you come across the ox or the ass of one who is no friend to you wandering from its way, you are to take it back to him 4 "If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him.#cr
5 If you see the ass of one who has no love for you bent down to the earth under the weight which is put on it, you are to come to its help, even against your desire. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it.
6 Let no wrong decisions be given in the poor man's cause. 6 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
7 Keep yourselves far from any false business; never let the upright or him who has done no wrong be put to death: for I will make the evil-doer responsible for his sin. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
8 Take no rewards in a cause: for rewards make blind those who have eyes to see, and make the decisions of the upright false. 8 "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.
9 Do not be hard on the man from a strange country who is living among you; for you have had experience of the feelings of one who is far from the land of his birth, because you yourselves were living in Egypt, in a strange land. 9 "Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.
10 For six years put seed into your fields and get in the increase; 10 "For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops,
11 But in the seventh year let the land have a rest and be unplanted; so that the poor may have food from it: and let the beasts of the field take the rest. Do the same with your vine-gardens and your olive-trees. 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
12 For six days do your work, and on the seventh day keep the Sabbath; so that your ox and your ass may have rest, together with the son of your servant and the man from a strange land living among you. 12 "Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed.
13 Take note of all these things which I have said to you, and let not the names of other gods come into your minds or from your lips. 13 "Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.
14 Three times in the year you are to keep a feast to me 14 "Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me
15 You are to keep the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days let your bread be without leaven, as I gave you orders, at the regular time in the month Abib (for in it you came out of Egypt); and let no one come before me without an offering: 15 "Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt. "No one is to appear before me empty-handed.
16 And the feast of the grain-cutting, the first-fruits of your planted fields: and the feast at the start of the year, when you have got in all the fruit from your fields. 16 "Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. "Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
17 Three times in the year let all your males come before the Lord God. 17 "Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.
18 Do not give the blood of my offering with leavened bread; and do not let the fat of my feast be kept all night till the morning. 18 "Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast. "The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning.
19 The best of the first-fruits of your land are to be taken into the house of the Lord your God. The young goat is not to be cooked in its mother's milk 19 "Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. "Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
20 See, I am sending an angel before you, to keep you on your way and to be your guide into the place which I have made ready for you. 20 "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.
21 Give attention to him and give ear to his voice; do not go against him; for your wrongdoing will not be overlooked by him, because my name is in him 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him
22 But if you truly give ear to his voice, and do whatever I say, then I will be against those who are against you, fighting those who are fighting you. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
23 And my angel will go before you, guiding you into the land of the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, and they will be cut off by my hand. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.
24 Do not go down on your faces and give worship to their gods, or do as they do; but overcome them completely, and let their pillars be broken down. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.
25 And give worship to the Lord your God, who will send his blessing on your bread and on your water; and I will take all disease away from among you. 25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
26 All your animals will give birth without loss, not one will be without young in all your land; I will give you a full measure of life. 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
27 I will send my fear before you, putting to flight all the people to whom you come; all those who are against you will go in flight, turning their backs before you. 27 "I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.
28 I will send hornets before you, driving out the Hivite and the Canaanite and the Hittite before your face. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.
29 I will not send them all out in one year, for fear that their land may become waste, and the beasts of the field be increased overmuch against you. 29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.
30 Little by little I will send them away before you, till your numbers are increased and you take up your heritage in the land. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
31 I will let the limits of your land be from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the waste land to the river Euphrates: for I will give the people of those lands into your power; and you will send them out before you. 31 "I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you.
32 Make no agreement with them or with their gods. 32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.
33 Let them not go on living in your land, or they will make you do evil against me: for if you give worship to their gods, it will certainly be a cause of sin to you. 33 Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you."