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Unlawful Sexual Relations 18:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Speak to the people of Israel 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 lived, 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.
4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God.
5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
6 “None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. 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.
8 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.
9 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home.
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.
11 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, brought up in your father’s family, since she is your sister.
12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s relative.
13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s 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.
15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness.
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 relatives; it is depravity.
18 And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.
19 “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.
20 And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her.
21 You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so 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.
23 And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion.
24 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean,
25 and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
26 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you
27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean),
28 lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
29 For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people.
30 So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”
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The Lord Is Holy 19:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.
4 Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.
5 “When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.
6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire.
7 If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted,
8 and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest.
10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.
12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.
14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
You Shall Keep My Statutes19 “You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.
20 “If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free;
21 but he shall bring his compensation to the Lord, to the entrance of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering.
22 And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the Lord for his sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven for the sin that he has committed.
23 “When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten.
24 And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord.
25 But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to increase its yield for you: I am the Lord your God.
26 “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.
27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.
28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.
29 “Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.
30 You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
31 “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.
32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
33 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
35 “You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity.
36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
37 And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the Lord.”
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20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgmentwinnows all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;I am clean from my sin”?
10 Unequal weights and unequal measuresare both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel;by wise guidance wage war.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
20 If one curses his father or his mother,his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginningwill not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,and false scales are not good.
24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”and to reflect only after making vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wickedand drives the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,searching all his innermost parts.
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;strokes make clean the innermost parts.
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Why Have You Forsaken Me?To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,for trouble is near,and there is none to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me;strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,and all my bones are out of joint;my heart is like wax;it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,and my tongue sticks to my jaws;you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs encompass me;a company of evildoers encircles me;they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorredthe affliction of the afflicted,and he has not hidden his face from him,but has heard, when he cried to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;those who seek him shall praise the Lord!May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall rememberand turn to the Lord,and all the families of the nationsshall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,and he rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,that he has done it.
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