Leviticus 18:27-27:34

(for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. For whoever does any of these abominations, [a]those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the Lord your God.’”

Idolatry Forbidden

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the Lord your God.

‘Now when you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and the next day; but what remains until the third day shall be burned with fire. So if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an offense; it will not be accepted. Everyone who eats it will bear his iniquity, for he has profaned the holy thing of the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from his people.

Sundry Laws

‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the Lord your God.

‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.

‘You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning. You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.

‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to [b]act against the [c]life of your neighbor; I am the Lord.

‘You shall not hate your [d]fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

‘You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.

‘Now if a man lies carnally with a woman who is a slave acquired for another man, but who has in no way been redeemed nor given her freedom, there shall be punishment; they shall not, however, be put to death, because she was not free. He shall bring his guilt offering to the Lord to the doorway of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering. The priest shall also make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the Lord for his sin which he has committed, and the sin which he has committed will be forgiven him.

‘When you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as [e]forbidden. Three years it shall be [f]forbidden to you; it shall not be eaten. But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you; I am the Lord your God.

‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuts in your [g]body for the [h]dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.

‘Do not [i]profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the Lord.

‘Do not turn to [j]mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

‘You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the [k]aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.

‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.

‘You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just [l]ephah, and a just [m]hin; I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt. You shall thus observe all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them; I am the Lord.’”

On Human Sacrifice and Immoralities

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “You shall also say to the sons of Israel:

‘Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his [n]offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his [o]offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name. If the people of the land, however, [p]should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his [q]offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.

‘As for the person who turns to [r]mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

‘If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.

‘If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. If there is a man who lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them. If there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed [s]incest, their bloodguiltiness is upon them. If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them. If there is a man who [t]marries a woman and her mother, it is immorality; both he and they shall be burned with fire, so that there will be no immorality in your midst. If there is a man who lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; you shall also kill the animal. If there is a woman who approaches any animal to [u]mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

‘If there is a man who takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, so that he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the sons of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he bears his guilt. If there is a man who lies with a [v]menstruous woman and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow, and she has [w]exposed the flow of her blood; thus both of them shall be cut off from among their people. You shall also not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for such a one has made naked his [x]blood relative; they will bear their guilt. If there is a man who lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless. If there is a man who takes his brother’s wife, it is [y]abhorrent; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They will be childless.

‘You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to [z]live will not spew you out. Moreover, you shall not [aa]follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them. Hence I have said to you, “You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples. You are therefore to make a distinction between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean; and you shall not make [ab]yourselves detestable by animal or by bird or by anything [ac]that creeps on the ground, which I have separated for you as unclean. Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.

‘Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a [ad]spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.’”

Regulations concerning Priests

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them:

‘No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people, except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother, also for his virgin sister, who is near to him [ae]because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself. He shall not defile himself as a [af]relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself. They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh. They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire [ag]to the Lord, the food of their God; so they shall be holy. They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God. You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the Lord, who sanctifies you, am holy. Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and [ah]who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not [ai]uncover his head nor tear his clothes; nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother; nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am the Lord. He shall take a wife in her virginity. A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he is to [aj]marry a virgin of his own people, so that he will not profane his [ak]offspring among his people; for I am the Lord who sanctifies him.’”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your [al]offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God. For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a [am]disfigured face, or any deformed limb, or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a [an]defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles. No man among the [ao]descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God. He may eat the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy, only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the Lord who sanctifies them.’” So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel.

Sundry Rules for Priests

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell Aaron and his sons to be careful with the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they dedicate to Me, so as not to profane My holy name; I am the Lord. Say to them, ‘If any man among all your [ap]descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy gifts which the sons of Israel dedicate to the Lord, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before Me; I am the Lord. No man of the [aq]descendants of Aaron, who is a leper or who has a discharge, may eat of the holy gifts until he is clean. And if one touches anything made unclean by a corpse or if a man has a seminal emission, or if a man touches any teeming things by which he is made unclean, or any man by whom he is made unclean, whatever his uncleanness; a [ar]person who touches any such shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the holy gifts unless he has bathed his [as]body in water. But when the sun sets, he will be clean, and afterward he shall eat of the holy gifts, for it is his [at]food. He shall not eat an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, becoming unclean by it; I am the Lord. They shall therefore keep My charge, so that they will not bear sin because of it and die thereby because they profane it; I am the Lord who sanctifies them.

‘No [au]layman, however, is to eat the holy gift; a sojourner with the priest or a hired man shall not eat of the holy gift. But if a priest buys a [av]slave as his property with his money, [aw]that one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his [ax]food. If a priest’s daughter is married to a [ay]layman, she shall not eat of the [az]offering of the gifts. But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or divorced, and has no child and returns to her father’s house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father’s [ba]food; but no [bb]layman shall eat of it. But if a man eats a holy gift unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it and shall give the holy gift to the priest. They shall not profane the holy gifts of the sons of Israel which they offer to the Lord, and so cause them to bear [bc]punishment for guilt by eating their holy gifts; for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.’”

Flawless Animals for Sacrifice

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is any of their [bd]votive or any of their freewill offerings, which they present to the Lord for a burnt offering— for you to be accepted—it must be a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep, or the goats. Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to [be]fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. Those that are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the Lord, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the Lord. In respect to an ox or a lamb which has an [bf]overgrown or stunted member, you may present it for a freewill offering, but for a vow it will not be accepted. Also anything with its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut, you shall not offer to the Lord, or [bg]sacrifice in your land, nor shall you accept any such from the hand of a foreigner for offering as the [bh]food of your God; for their corruption is in them, they have a defect, they shall not be accepted for you.’”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall [bi]remain seven days [bj]with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be accepted as a sacrifice of an offering by fire to the Lord. But, whether it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not kill both it and its young in one day. When you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten on the same day, you shall leave none of it until morning; I am the Lord. So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the Lord.

“You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the Lord who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the Lord.”

Laws of Religious Festivals

The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:

‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.

‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month [bk]at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord. Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the Lord for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a [bl]hin of wine. Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.

‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an [bm]ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the Lord. Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the Lord. You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the Lord; they are to be holy to the Lord for the priest. On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation. You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the Lord your God.’”

Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a [bn]rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’”

The Day of Atonement

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the Lord. You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God. If there is any [bo]person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people. As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.”

Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the Lord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.

‘These are the appointed times of the Lord which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the Lord—burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each day’s matter on its own day— besides those of the sabbaths of the Lord, and besides your gifts and besides all your [bp]votive and freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.

‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a [bq]rest on the first day and a [br]rest on the eighth day. Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the [bs]foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall [bt]live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall [bu]live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’” So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the Lord.

The Lamp and the Bread of the Sanctuary

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the sons of Israel that they bring to you clear oil from beaten olives for the [bv]light, to make a lamp [bw]burn continually. Outside the veil of testimony in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the Lord continually; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations. He shall keep the lamps in order on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually.

“Then you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake. You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the pure gold table before the Lord. You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the Lord. Every sabbath day he shall set it in order before the Lord continually; it is an everlasting covenant [bx]for the sons of Israel. It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy to him from the Lord’s offerings by fire, his portion forever.”

Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; and the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel struggled with each other in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) They put him in [by]custody [bz]so that the command of the Lord might be made clear to them.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head; then let all the congregation stone him. You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin. Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

“An Eye for an Eye”

‘If a man [ca]takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death. The one who [cb]takes the life of an animal shall make it good, life for life. If a man [cc]injures his neighbor, just as he has done, so it shall be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has [cd]injured a man, so it shall be [ce]inflicted on him. Thus the one who [cf]kills an animal shall make it good, but the one who [cg]kills a man shall be put to death. There shall be one [ch]standard for you; it shall be for the stranger as well as the native, for I am the Lord your God.’” Then Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, and they brought the one who had cursed outside the camp and stoned him with stones. Thus the sons of Israel did, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Sabbatic Year and Year of Jubilee

The Lord then spoke to Moses [ci]at Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard. Your harvest’s [cj]aftergrowth you shall not reap, and your grapes of untrimmed vines you shall not gather; the land shall have a sabbatical year. All of you shall have the sabbath products of the land for food; yourself, and your male and female slaves, and your hired man and your foreign resident, those who live as aliens with you. Even your cattle and the animals that are in your land shall have all its crops to eat.

‘You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the time of the seven sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years. You shall then sound a ram’s horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land. You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim [ck]a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, [cl]and each of you shall return to his own property, [cm]and each of you shall return to his family. You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat its crops out of the field.

‘On this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. If you make a sale, moreover, to your friend or buy from your friend’s hand, you shall not wrong one another. Corresponding to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy from your [cn]friend; he is to sell to you according to the number of years of crops. In proportion to the [co]extent of the years you shall increase its price, and in proportion to the fewness of the years you shall diminish its price, for it is a number of crops he is selling to you. So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall [cp]fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.

‘You shall thus observe My statutes and keep My judgments, so as to carry them out, that you may live securely on the land. Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it. But if you say, “What are we going to eat on the seventh year [cq]if we do not sow or gather in our crops?” then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years. When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in.

The Law of Redemption

‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. Thus for every [cr]piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.

‘If a [cs]fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his [ct]relative has sold. Or in case a man has no kinsman, but so [cu]recovers his means as to find sufficient for its redemption, then he shall calculate the years since its sale and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and so return to his property. But if [cv]he has not found sufficient means to get it back for himself, then what he has sold shall remain in the hands of its purchaser until the year of jubilee; but at the jubilee it shall [cw]revert, that he may return to his property.

‘Likewise, if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year. But if it is not bought back for him within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city passes permanently to its purchaser throughout his generations; it does not [cx]revert in the jubilee. The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered [cy]as open fields; they have redemption rights and [cz]revert in the jubilee. As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession. What, therefore, [da]belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale [db]in the city of this possession [dc]reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel. But pasture fields of their cities shall not be sold, for that is their perpetual possession.

Of Poor Countrymen

‘Now in case a [dd]countryman of yours becomes poor and his [de]means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. Do not take [df]usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your [dg]countryman may live with you. You shall not give him your silver at interest, nor your food for gain. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

‘If a [dh]countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to you that he sells himself to you, you shall not subject him to a slave’s service. He shall be with you as a hired man, as if he were a sojourner; he shall serve with you until the year of jubilee. He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers. For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale. You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God. As for your male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have [di]produced in your land; they also may become your possession. You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your [dj]countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.

Of Redeeming a Poor Man

‘Now if the [dk]means of a stranger or of a sojourner with you becomes sufficient, and a [dl]countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to him as to sell himself to a stranger who is sojourning with you, or to the descendants of a stranger’s family, then he shall have redemption right after he has been sold. One of his brothers may redeem him, or his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or one of his blood relatives from his family may redeem him; or [dm]if he prospers, he may redeem himself. He then with his purchaser shall calculate from the year when he sold himself to him up to the year of jubilee; and the price of his sale shall correspond to the number of years. It is like the days of a hired man that he shall be with him. If there are still many years, he shall refund part of his purchase price in proportion to them for his own redemption; and if few years remain until the year of jubilee, he shall so calculate with him. In proportion to his years he is to refund the amount for his redemption. Like a man hired year by year he shall be with him; he shall not rule over him with severity in your sight. Even if he is not redeemed by [dn]these means, he shall still go out in the year of jubilee, he and his sons with him. For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Blessings of Obedience

‘You shall not make for yourselves [do]idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down [dp]to it; for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord. If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your [dq]food to the full and live securely in your land. I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. Moreover, I will make My [dr]dwelling among you, and My soul will not [ds]reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Penalties of Disobedience

‘But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant, I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up. I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies; and those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one is pursuing you. If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will also break down your pride of power; I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze. Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

‘If then, you [dt]act with hostility against Me and are unwilling to obey Me, I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins. I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number so that your roads lie deserted.

‘And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins. I will also bring upon you a sword which will execute vengeance for the covenant; and when you gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you, so that you shall be delivered into enemy hands. When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread [du]in rationed amounts, so that you will eat and not be satisfied.

‘Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat. I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your [dv]remains on the [dw]remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you. I will [dx]lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas. I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it. You, however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste.

‘Then the land will [dy]enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land will rest and [dz]enjoy its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it will observe the rest which it did not observe on your sabbaths, while you were living on it. As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them, and even when no one is pursuing they will flee [ea]as though from the sword, and they will fall. They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength [eb]to stand up before your enemies. But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies’ land will consume you. So those of you who may be left will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies; and also because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot away with them.

‘If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me— I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land. For the land will be abandoned by them, and will make up for its sabbaths while it is made desolate without them. They, meanwhile, will be making amends for their iniquity, [ec]because they rejected My ordinances and their soul abhorred My statutes. Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the Lord.’”

These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel [ed]through Moses at Mount Sinai.

Rules concerning Valuations

Again, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When a man makes a difficult vow, he shall be valued according to your valuation of persons belonging to the Lord. If your valuation is of the male from twenty years even to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. Or if it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels. If it be from five years even to twenty years old then your valuation for the male shall be twenty shekels and for the female ten shekels. But if they are from a month even up to five years old, then your valuation shall be five shekels of silver for the male, and for the female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver. If they are from sixty years old and upward, if it is a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels. But if he is poorer than your valuation, then he shall be placed before the priest and the priest shall value him; according to [ee]the means of the one who vowed, the priest shall value him.

‘Now if it is an animal of the kind which [ef]men can present as an offering to the Lord, any such that one gives to the Lord shall be holy. He shall not replace it or exchange it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good; or if he does exchange animal for animal, then both it and its substitute shall become holy. If, however, it is any unclean animal of the kind which [eg]men do not present as an offering to the Lord, then he shall place the animal before the priest. The priest shall value it [eh]as either good or bad; as you, the priest, value it, so it shall be. But if he should ever wish to redeem it, then he shall add one-fifth of it to your valuation.

‘Now if a man consecrates his house as holy to the Lord, then the priest shall value it [ei]as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand. Yet if the one who consecrates it should wish to redeem his house, then he shall add one-fifth of your valuation price to it, so that it may be his.

‘Again, if a man consecrates to the Lord part of the fields of his own property, then your valuation shall be [ej]proportionate to the seed needed for it: a homer of barley seed at fifty shekels of silver. If he consecrates his field as of the year of jubilee, according to your valuation it shall stand. If he consecrates his field after the jubilee, however, then the priest shall calculate the price for [ek]him [el]proportionate to the years that are left until the year of jubilee; and it shall be deducted from your valuation. If the one who consecrates it should ever wish to redeem the field, then he shall add one-fifth of your valuation price to it, so that it may pass to him. Yet if he will not redeem the field, [em]but has sold the field to another man, it may no longer be redeemed; and when it [en]reverts in the jubilee, the field shall be holy to the Lord, like a field [eo]set apart; it shall be for the priest as his [ep]property. Or if he consecrates to the Lord a field which he has bought, which is not a part of the field of his own [eq]property, then the priest shall calculate for [er]him the amount of your valuation up to the year of jubilee; and he shall on that day give your valuation as holy to the Lord. In the year of jubilee the field shall return to the one from whom he bought it, to whom the possession of the land belongs. Every valuation of yours, moreover, shall be after the shekel of the sanctuary. The shekel shall be twenty gerahs.

‘However, a firstborn among animals, which as a firstborn belongs to the Lord, no man may consecrate it; whether ox or sheep, it is the Lord’s. But if it is among the unclean animals, then he shall [es]redeem it according to your valuation and add to it one-fifth of it; and if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your valuation.

‘Nevertheless, anything which a man [et]sets apart to the Lord out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything [eu]devoted to destruction is most holy to the Lord. No [ev]one who may have been [ew]set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it. For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord. He is not to be concerned whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; or if he does exchange it, then both it and its substitute shall become holy. It shall not be redeemed.’”

These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.


Footnotes
  1. Leviticus 18:29 Or and the
  2. Leviticus 19:16 Lit stand
  3. Leviticus 19:16 Lit blood
  4. Leviticus 19:17 Lit brother
  5. Leviticus 19:23 Lit uncircumcised
  6. Leviticus 19:23 Lit uncircumcised
  7. Leviticus 19:28 Lit flesh
  8. Leviticus 19:28 Lit soul
  9. Leviticus 19:29 Or degrade
  10. Leviticus 19:31 Or ghosts or spirits
  11. Leviticus 19:32 Lit face of the aged
  12. Leviticus 19:36 I.e. Approx one bu
  13. Leviticus 19:36 I.e. Approx one gal.
  14. Leviticus 20:2 Lit seed
  15. Leviticus 20:3 Lit seed
  16. Leviticus 20:4 Lit hiding they hide their eyes from
  17. Leviticus 20:4 Lit seed
  18. Leviticus 20:6 Or ghosts and spirits
  19. Leviticus 20:12 Lit confusion; i.e. a violation of divine order
  20. Leviticus 20:14 Lit takes
  21. Leviticus 20:16 Lit lie
  22. Leviticus 20:18 Lit sick
  23. Leviticus 20:18 Or uncovered
  24. Leviticus 20:19 Lit flesh
  25. Leviticus 20:21 Or an impure deed
  26. Leviticus 20:22 Lit dwell in it
  27. Leviticus 20:23 Lit walk in the statutes
  28. Leviticus 20:25 Lit your souls
  29. Leviticus 20:25 Lit with which the ground creeps
  30. Leviticus 20:27 Lit spiritist among them
  31. Leviticus 21:3 Or whom no man has had
  32. Leviticus 21:4 Lit husband among
  33. Leviticus 21:6 Lit of
  34. Leviticus 21:10 Lit whose hand has been filled
  35. Leviticus 21:10 Lit unbind
  36. Leviticus 21:14 Lit take as wife
  37. Leviticus 21:15 Lit seed
  38. Leviticus 21:17 Lit seed
  39. Leviticus 21:18 Lit slit
  40. Leviticus 21:20 Lit obscurity
  41. Leviticus 21:21 Lit seed
  42. Leviticus 22:3 Lit seed
  43. Leviticus 22:4 Lit seed
  44. Leviticus 22:6 Lit soul
  45. Leviticus 22:6 Lit flesh
  46. Leviticus 22:7 Lit bread
  47. Leviticus 22:10 Lit stranger
  48. Leviticus 22:11 Lit soul
  49. Leviticus 22:11 Lit he may
  50. Leviticus 22:11 Lit bread
  51. Leviticus 22:12 Lit stranger
  52. Leviticus 22:12 Lit heave offering
  53. Leviticus 22:13 Lit bread
  54. Leviticus 22:13 Lit stranger
  55. Leviticus 22:16 Or iniquity requiring a guilt offering
  56. Leviticus 22:18 Lit vows
  57. Leviticus 22:21 Or make a special votive offering
  58. Leviticus 22:23 Or a deformed
  59. Leviticus 22:24 Lit do
  60. Leviticus 22:25 Lit bread
  61. Leviticus 22:27 Lit be
  62. Leviticus 22:27 Lit under
  63. Leviticus 23:5 Lit between the two evenings
  64. Leviticus 23:13 I.e. Approx one gal.
  65. Leviticus 23:17 I.e. Approx one bu
  66. Leviticus 23:24 Lit sabbath rest
  67. Leviticus 23:29 Lit soul
  68. Leviticus 23:38 Lit vows, and besides all your
  69. Leviticus 23:39 Lit sabbath rest
  70. Leviticus 23:39 Lit sabbath rest
  71. Leviticus 23:40 Lit products, fruit
  72. Leviticus 23:42 Lit dwell
  73. Leviticus 23:42 Lit dwell
  74. Leviticus 24:2 Or luminary
  75. Leviticus 24:2 Lit ascend
  76. Leviticus 24:8 Lit from
  77. Leviticus 24:12 Or prison
  78. Leviticus 24:12 Lit to declare distinctly to them according to the mouth of the Lord
  79. Leviticus 24:17 Lit smites
  80. Leviticus 24:18 Lit smites
  81. Leviticus 24:19 Lit gives a blemish
  82. Leviticus 24:20 Lit given a blemish
  83. Leviticus 24:20 Lit given
  84. Leviticus 24:21 Lit smites
  85. Leviticus 24:21 Lit smites
  86. Leviticus 24:22 Lit judgment
  87. Leviticus 25:1 Or on
  88. Leviticus 25:5 Lit growth from spilled kernels
  89. Leviticus 25:10 Or liberty
  90. Leviticus 25:10 Or when
  91. Leviticus 25:10 Or when
  92. Leviticus 25:15 Lit friend’s hands
  93. Leviticus 25:16 Lit multitude
  94. Leviticus 25:17 Or reverence
  95. Leviticus 25:20 Or behold
  96. Leviticus 25:24 Lit land
  97. Leviticus 25:25 Lit brother
  98. Leviticus 25:25 Lit brother
  99. Leviticus 25:26 Lit his hand reaches
  100. Leviticus 25:28 Lit his hand has not found sufficient to
  101. Leviticus 25:28 Lit go out
  102. Leviticus 25:30 Lit go out
  103. Leviticus 25:31 Lit according to
  104. Leviticus 25:31 Lit go out
  105. Leviticus 25:33 Lit is from
  106. Leviticus 25:33 Lit and
  107. Leviticus 25:33 Lit goes out
  108. Leviticus 25:35 Lit brother
  109. Leviticus 25:35 Lit hand
  110. Leviticus 25:36 Lit interest and usury
  111. Leviticus 25:36 Lit brother
  112. Leviticus 25:39 Lit brother
  113. Leviticus 25:45 Lit begotten
  114. Leviticus 25:46 Lit brothers
  115. Leviticus 25:47 Lit hand...reaches
  116. Leviticus 25:47 Lit brother
  117. Leviticus 25:49 Lit if his hand has reached and
  118. Leviticus 25:54 Or these years
  119. Leviticus 26:1 Or graven images
  120. Leviticus 26:1 Lit over
  121. Leviticus 26:5 Lit bread
  122. Leviticus 26:11 Or tabernacle
  123. Leviticus 26:11 Lit abhor
  124. Leviticus 26:21 Lit walk, and so throughout the ch
  125. Leviticus 26:26 Lit by weight
  126. Leviticus 26:30 Lit corpses
  127. Leviticus 26:30 Lit corpses
  128. Leviticus 26:31 Lit give desolation to
  129. Leviticus 26:34 Lit satisfy
  130. Leviticus 26:34 Lit satisfy
  131. Leviticus 26:36 Lit the flight of the sword
  132. Leviticus 26:37 Lit you will stand
  133. Leviticus 26:43 Lit because and by the cause
  134. Leviticus 26:46 Lit by the hand of
  135. Leviticus 27:8 Lit what the hand reaches
  136. Leviticus 27:9 Lit they
  137. Leviticus 27:11 Lit they
  138. Leviticus 27:12 Lit between
  139. Leviticus 27:14 Lit between good
  140. Leviticus 27:16 Lit according to its seed
  141. Leviticus 27:18 Or it
  142. Leviticus 27:18 Lit according to the years
  143. Leviticus 27:20 Or if he
  144. Leviticus 27:21 Lit goes out
  145. Leviticus 27:21 Or devoted, banned
  146. Leviticus 27:21 Lit possession
  147. Leviticus 27:22 Lit possession
  148. Leviticus 27:23 Or it
  149. Leviticus 27:27 Or ransom
  150. Leviticus 27:28 Lit anything devoted; or banned
  151. Leviticus 27:28 Or puts under the ban
  152. Leviticus 27:29 Lit one devoted; or banned
  153. Leviticus 27:29 Or put under the ban

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