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Punishment for Child Sacrifice 20:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.
3 I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name.
4 And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death,
5 then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.
6 “If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
9 For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.
Punishments for Sexual Immorality10 “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
11 If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed perversion; their blood is upon them.
13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
14 If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is depravity; he and they shall be burned with fire, that there may be no depravity among you.
15 If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal.
16 If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
17 “If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity.
18 If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
19 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to make naked one’s relative; they shall bear their iniquity.
20 If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
21 If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.
You Shall Be Holy22 “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.
23 And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them.
24 But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
25 You shall therefore separate the clean beast from the unclean, and the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not make yourselves detestable by beast or by bird or by anything with which the ground crawls, which I have set apart for you to hold unclean.
26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
27 “A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”
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Holiness and the Priests 21:1 And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people,
2 except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
3 or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean).
4 He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself.
5 They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.
6 They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the Lord’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
7 They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God.
8 You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy.
9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
10 “The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes.
11 He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother.
12 He shall not go out of the sanctuary, lest he profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him: I am the Lord.
13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. But he shall take as his wife a virgin of his own people,
15 that he may not profane his offspring among his people, for I am the Lord who sanctifies him.”
16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
17 “Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.
18 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long,
19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand,
20 or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.
21 No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.
22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things,
23 but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.”
24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.
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24:1 Be not envious of evil men,nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,and their lips talk of trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,and by understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filledwith all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is full of strength,and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;in the gate he does not open his mouth.
8 Whoever plans to do evilwill be called a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin,and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,your strength is small.
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,and will he not repay man according to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;if you find it, there will be a future,and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous;do no violence to his home;
16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased,and turn away his anger from him.
19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers,and be not envious of the wicked,
20 for the evil man has no future;the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them,and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
More Sayings of the Wise23 These also are sayings of the wise.Partiality in judging is not good.
24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,and a good blessing will come upon them.
26 Whoever gives an honest answerkisses the lips.
27 Prepare your work outside;get everything ready for yourself in the field,and after that build your house.
28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause,and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;the ground was covered with nettles,and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and considered it;I looked and received instruction.
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest,
34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,and want like an armed man.
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The Lord Is My ShepherdA Psalm of David.23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousnessfor his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil,for you are with me;your rod and your staff,they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before mein the presence of my enemies;you anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow meall the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house of the Lordforever.
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The King of GloryA Psalm of David.24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,the world and those who dwell therein,
2 for he has founded it upon the seasand established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,who does not lift up his soul to what is falseand does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the Lordand righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O gates!And be lifted up, O ancient doors,that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?The Lord, strong and mighty,the Lord, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!And lift them up, O ancient doors,that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?The Lord of hosts,he is the King of glory! Selah
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