Leviticus 19
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Ritual Purity

1The LORD spoke to Moses, 2“Tell the entire assembly of Israel that they are to be holy, since I, the LORD your God, am holy.

3“Each of you is to fear his mother and father.

“Observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.

4“You are not to turn to their idols or cast gods out of melted metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

5“When you offer a peace offering to the LORD, you are to offer it for your acceptance. 6Your sacrifice is to be eaten on that day and the next day. Anything that remains to the third day is to be incinerated. 7If it is eaten on the third day, it’s unclean. It won’t be accepted. 8Anyone who eats it will bear the punishment of his sin, since he will have defiled himself regarding the LORD’s holy things. That persona is to be eliminated from contact with his people.”b

Harvesting and Gleaning

9“When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to completely finish harvesting the corners of the field—that is, you are not to pick what remains after you have reaped your harvest. 10You are not to gather your vineyard or pick up the fallen grapes of your vineyard. Leave something for the poor and the resident alien who lives among you. I am the LORD your God.”

Just Dealings

11“You are not to steal or lie or deal falsely with your neighbor.

12“You are not to use my name to deceive, thereby defiling the name of your God. I am the LORD.

13“You are not to oppress your neighbor or rob him.c

“The wages of a hired laborer are not to remain in your possession until morning.

14“You are not to curse a deaf person or put a stumbling block before the blind.

“You are to fear God. I am the LORD.

15“You are not to be unjust in deciding a case. You are not to show partiality to the poor or honor the great. Instead, decide the case of your neighbor with righteousness.”

Social Responsibility

16“You are not to go around slandering your people.

“You are not to stand idled when your neighbor’s life is at stake.e I am the LORD.

17“You are not to hate your relative in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor if you must, but you are not to incur guilt on account of him.

18“You are not to seek vengeance or hold a grudge against the descendants of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

On Preserving Distinctiveness

19“Observe my statutes.

“You are not to let your cattle breed with a different species.f

“You are not to sow your fields with two different kinds of seeds.g

“You are not to wear clothing made from two different kinds of material.

20“When a person has sexual relationsh with a woman servant who is engaged to another man, but she has not been completely redeemed nor has her freedom been granted to her, there is to be an inquiry, but they won’t be put to death, since she has not been freed. 21The perpetratori is to bring his guilt offering to the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting—that is, a ram as a guilt offering. 22Then the priest is to make atonement for him with the ram as a guilt offering in the LORD’s presence on account of his sin which he has committed, but which will be forgiven him.”

Restrictions on Initial Harvests

23“When you have entered the land and planted all sorts of trees for food, regard its fruit as uncircumcised for the first three years for you. It is not to be eaten. 24During the fourth year, all its fruit is to be offered as a holy token of praise to the LORD. 25But on the fifth year, you may eat its fruits to increase its produce for you.”

Prohibited Practices

26“You are not to eat anything containing blood, engage in occult practices,j or practice fortune telling.k

27“You are not to cut your hair in ritualistic patternsl on your head or deface the edges of your beard.

28“You are not to make incisions in your flesh on account of the dead nor submit to cuts or tattoos. I am the LORD.

29“You are not to defile your daughter by engaging her in prostitution so the land won’t become filled with wickedness.

30“Observe my Sabbath and stand in awe of my sanctuary. I am the LORD.

31“You are to consult neither mediums nor familiar spirits. You are never to seek them—you’ll just be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.

32“Rise in the presence of the agedm and honor the elderly face-to-face.

“Fear your God. I am the LORD.

33“If a resident alien lives with you in your land, you are not to mistreat him. 34You are to treat the resident alien the same way you treat the native born among you—love him like yourself, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.

35“You are not to act unjustly in deciding a casen or when measuring weight and quantity. 36You are to maintain just balances and reliable standards for weights, dry volumes, and liquid volumes.o I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37Observe all my statutes and all my ordinances in order to practice them. I am the LORD.”

a 19:8 Lit. soul
b 19:8 The Heb. lacks from contact with his people
c 19:13 The Heb. lacks him
d 19:16 The Heb. lacks idle
e 19:16 Lit. stand on the blood of your neighbor
f 19:19 Lit. breed within two kinds
g 19:19 The Heb. lacks of seeds
h 19:20 Lit. a lying of seed
i 19:21 Lit. He
j 19:26 i.e. divination
k 19:26 Or practice witchcraft
l 19:27 Lit. cut the sides of your hair; i.e. as a sign of affiliation
m 19:32 Lit. of the grey head
n 19:35 Lit. in judgment
o 19:36 Lit. and honest weight, ephah, and hin

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