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LEVITICUS, 16
Purification of the tabernacle

    16:1 And the Lord said to Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron when they took in strange fire before the Lord and death overtook them ; 2 The Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, your brother, that he may not come at all times into the holy place inside the veil, before the cover which is on the ark, for fear that death may overtake him ; for I will be seen in the cloud on the cover of the ark. 3 Let Aaron come into the holy place in this way : with an ox for a sin-offering and a male sheep for a burned offering. 4 Let him put on the holy linen coat, and the linen trousers on his body, and the linen band round him, and the linen head-dress on his head; for this is holy clothing, and before he puts them on his body is to be washed with water. 5 And let him take from the children of Israel two he-goats for a sin-offering and one male sheep for a burned offering.
    16:6 And Aaron is to give the ox of the sin-offering for himself, to make himself and his house free from sin. 7 And he is to take the two goats and put them before the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron will make selection from the two goats by the decision of the Lord, one goat for the Lord and one for Azazel. 9 And the goat which is marked out for the Lord, let Aaron give for a sin-offering. 10 But the goat for Azazel is to be placed living before the Lord, for the taking away of sin, that it may be sent away for Azazel into the waste land.
    16:11 And Aaron is to give the ox of the sin-offering for himself and take away sin from himself and his house, and put to death the ox of the sin-offering which is for himself. 12 And he is to take a vessel full of burning coal from the altar before the Lord and in his hand some sweet perfume crushed small, and take it inside the veil ; 13 And let him put the perfume on the fire before the Lord so that the ark may be covered with a cloud of the smoke of the perfume, in order that death may not overtake him. 14 And let him take some of the blood of the ox, shaking drops of it from his finger on the cover of the ark on the east side, and before it, seven times.
    16:15 Then let him put to death the goat of the sin-offering for the people, and take its blood inside the veil and do with it as he did with the blood of the ox, shaking drops of it on and before the cover of the ark. 16 And let him make the holy place free from whatever is unclean among the children of Israel and from their wrongdoing in all their sins ; and let him do the same for the Tent of meeting, which has its place among an unclean people. 17 And no man may be in the Tent of meeting from the time when Aaron goes in to take away sin in the holy place till he comes out, having made himself and his house and all the people of Israel free from sin. 18 And he is to go out to the altar which is before the Lord and make it free from sin ; and he is to take some of the blood of the ox and the blood of the goat and put it on the horns of the altar and round it ; 19 Shaking drops of the blood from his finger on it seven times to make it holy and clean from whatever is unclean among the children of Israel.
    16:20 And when he has done whatever is necessary to make the holy place and the Tent of meeting and the altar free from sin, let him put the living goat before the Lord; 21 And Aaron, placing his two hands on the head of the living goat, will make a public statement over him of all the evil doings of the children of Israel and all their wrongdoing, in all their sins ; and he will put them on the head of the goat and send him away, in the care of a man who will be waiting there, into the waste land. 22 And the goat will take all their sins into a land cut off from men, and he will send the goat away into the waste land.
    16:23 Then let Aaron come into the Tent of meeting and take off the linen clothing which he put on when he went into the holy place, and put them down there; 24 And after bathing his body in water in a holy place, he is to put on his clothing and come out and give his burned offering and the burned offering of the people, to take away his sin and the sin of the people. 25 And the fat of the sin-offering is to be burned by him on the altar. 26 And the man who takes away the goat for Azazel is to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water and then he may come back to the tent-circle. 27 And the ox of the sin-offering and the goat of the sin-offering, whose blood was taken in to make the holy place free from sin, are to be taken away outside the tent-circle and their skins and their flesh and their waste are to be burned with fire. 28 And the man by whom they are burned is to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water, and then he may come back to the tent-circle. 29 And let this be an order to you for ever: in the seventh month, on the tenth day, you are to keep yourselves from pleasure and do no sort of work, those who are Israelites by birth and those from other lands who are living among you : 30 For on this day your sin will be taken away and you will be clean : you will be made free from all your sins before the Lord. 31 It is a special Sabbath for you, and you are to keep yourselves from pleasure ; it is an order for ever. 32 And the man on whose head the holy oil has been put, and who has been marked out to be a priest in his father's place, will do what is necessary to take away sin, and will put on the linen clothing, even the holy robes : 33 And he will make the holy place and the Tent of meeting and the altar free from sin ; he will take away sin from the priests and from all the people. 34 And let this be an order for ever for you, so that the sin of the children of Israel may be taken away once every year. And he did as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

LEVITICUS, 17
Scrafice and food

    17:1 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Say to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel : This is the order which the Lord has given. 3 If any man of Israel puts to death an ox or a lamb or a goat, in or outside the tent-circle ; 4 And has not taken it to the door of the Tent of meeting, to make an offering to the Lord, before the Lord's House, its blood will be on him, for he has taken life, and he will be cut off from among his people : 5 So that the children of Israel may take to the Lord, to the door of the Tent of meeting and to the priest, the offerings which they have put to death in the open country, and that they may make their peace-offerings to the Lord. 6 And the priest will put blood on the altar of the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting, burning the fat for a sweet smell to the Lord. 7 And let them make no more offerings to evil spirits, after which they have gone, turning away from the Lord. Let this be a law to them for ever, through all their generations.
    8 And say to them, If any man of Israel, or any other living among them, makes a burned offering or other offering, 9 And does not take it to the door of the Tent of meeting to make an offering to the Lord, that man will be cut off from among his people.
    17:10 And if any man of Israel, or any other living among them, takes any sort of blood for food, my wrath will be turned against that man and he will be cut off from among his people. 11 For the life of the flesh is in its blood ; and I have given it to you on the altar to take away your sin : for it is the blood which makes free from sin because of the life in it. 12 For this reason I have said to the children of Israel, No man among you, or any others living with you, may take blood as food. 13 And any man of Israel, or any other living among them, who gets with his bow any beast or bird used for food, is to see that its blood is covered with earth.
    17:14 For the blood is the life of all flesh : and so I have said to the children of Israel, You may not take any sort of blood as food, and any man who does so will be cut of. 15 And anyone who takes as food anything which has come to a natural end, or anything which has been put to death by beasts, if he is one of you by birth, or of another nation, will have to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water and be unclean till evening, and then he will be clean. 16 But if his clothing is not washed and his body bathed, his sin will be on him.

LEVITICUS, 18
Sexual behaviour

    18:1 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Say to the children of Israel, I am the Lord your God. 3 You may not do those things which were done in the land of Egypt where you were living; and you may not do those things which are done in the land of Canaan where I am taking you, or be guided in your behaviour by their rules. 4 But you are to be guided by my decisions and keep my rules, and be guided by them : I am the Lord your God. 5 So keep my rules and my decisions, which, if a man does them, will be life to him : I am the Lord.
    18:6 You may not have sex connection with anyone who is a near relation : I am the Lord. 7 You may not have sex relations with your father or your mother : she is your mother, you may not take her. 8 And you may not have sex relations with your father's wife : she is your father's. 9 You may not take your sister, the daughter of your father or of your mother, wherever her birth took place, among you or in another country. 10 You may not have sex relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, for they are part of yourself ; 11 Or your father's wife's daughter, the child of your father, for she is your sister. 12 You may not have sex connection with your father's sister, for she is your father's near relation. 13 You may not have sex connection with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's near relation. 14 You may not have sex relations with the wife of your father's brother, for she is of your family ; 15 Or with your daughter-in-law, for she is your son's wife, and you may not take her. 16 You may not have sex relations with your brother's wife, for she is your brother's. 17 You may not take as wife a woman and her daughter, or her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, for they are of one family : it is an act of shame. 18 And you may not take as wife a woman and at the same time her sister, to be in competition with her in her life-time.
    18:19 And you may not go near a woman or have sex relations with her when she is unclean, at her regular time. 20 And you may not have sex relations with your neighbour's wife, making yourself unclean with her. 21 And you may not make any of your children go through the fire as an offering to Molech, and you may not put shame on the name of your God : I am the Lord. 22 You may not have sex relations with men, as you do with women : it is a disgusting thing. 23 And you may not have sex relations with a beast, making yourself unclean with it ; and a woman may not give herself to a beast : it is an unnatural act.
    18:24 Do not make yourself unclean in any of these ways ; for so have those nations whom I am driving out from before you made themselves unclean : 25 And the land itself has become unclean ; so that I have sent on it the reward of its wrongdoing, and the land itself puts out those who are living in it. 26 So then keep my rules and my decisions, and do not do any of these disgusting things, those of you who are Israelites by birth, or any others who are living with you : 27 (For all these disgusting things were done by the men of this country who were there before you, and the land has been made unclean by them; ) 28 So that the land may not put you out from it, when you make it unclean, as it put out the nations which were there before you. 29 For all those who do any of these disgusting things will be cut off from among their people. 30 So then, keep my orders, so that you may not do any of these disgusting things which were done before you, or make yourselves unclean through them : I am the Lord your God.

LEVITICUS, 19
Neighbourliness

    19:1 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Say to all the people of Israel, You are to be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. 3 Let every man give honour to his mother and to his father and keep my Sabbaths : I am the Lord your God. 4 Do not go after false gods, and do not make metal images of gods for yourselves : I am the Lord your God. 5 And when you give a peace offering to the Lord, do it in the way which is pleasing to the Lord. 6 Let it be used for food on the same day on which it is offered, or on the day after; and whatever is over on the third day is to be burned with fire. 7 If any of it is used for food on the third day, it is a disgusting thing and will not be pleasing to the Lord. 8 And as for anyone who takes it for food, his sin will be on him, for he has put shame on the holy thing of the Lord: he will be cut off from his people.
    19:9 And when you get in the grain from your land, do not let all the grain be cut from the edges of the field, or take up what has been dropped on the earth after the getting in of the grain. 10 And do not take all the grapes from your vine-garden, or the fruit dropped on the earth; let the poor man, and the man from another country, have these : I am the Lord your God.
    19:11 Do not take anyone's property or be false in act or word to another. 12 And do not take an oath in my name falsely, putting shame on the name of your God: I am the Lord.
    19:13 Do not be cruel to your neighbour or take what is his ; do not keep back a servant's payment from him all night till the morning. 14 Do not put a curse on those who have no hearing, or put a cause of falling in the way of the blind, but keep the fear of your God before you : I am the Lord.
    19:15 Do no wrong in your judging : do not give thought to the position of the poor, or honour to the position of the great ; but be a judge to your neighbour in righteousness. 16 Do not go about saying untrue things among your people, or take away the life of your neighbour by false witness : I am the Lord.
    19:17 Let there be no hate in your heart for your brother ; but you may make a protest to your neighbour, so that he may be stopped from doing evil. 18 Do not make attempts to get equal with one who has done you wrong, or keep hard feelings against the children of your people, but have love for your neighbour as for yourself : I am the Lord.
    19:19 Keep my laws. Do not let your cattle have offspring by those of a different sort ; do not put mixed seed into your field; do not put on a robe made of two sorts of cloth.
    19:20 If any man has sex relations with a servant-woman who has given her word to be married to a man, and has not been made free for a price or in any other way, the thing will be looked into ; but they will not be put to death because she was not a free woman. 21 Let him take his offering for wrongdoing to the Lord, to the door of the Tent of meeting ; let him give a male sheep as an offering for wrongdoing. 22 And the priest will take away his sin before the Lord with the sheep which is offered for his wrongdoing, and he will have forgiveness for the sin which he has done.
    19:23 And when you have come into the land, and have put in all sorts of fruit-trees, their fruit will be as if they had not had circumcision, and for three years their fruit may not be used for food. 24 And in the fourth year all the fruit will be holy as a praise-offering to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may take the fruit and the increase of it for your food: I am the Lord your God.
    19:26 Nothing may be used for food with its blood in it ; you may not make use of strange arts, or go in search of signs and wonders. 27 The ends of the hair round your face and on your chin may not be cut off. 28 You may not make cuts in your flesh in respect for the dead, or have marks printed on your bodies : I am the Lord.
    19:29 Do not make your daughter common by letting her become a loose woman, for fear that the land may become full of shame. 30 Keep my Sabbaths and have respect for my holy place : I am the Lord.
    19:31 Do not go after those who make use of spirits, or wonder-workers ; do not go in their ways or become unclean through them : I am the Lord your God.
    19:32 Get up from your seats before the white-haired, and give honour to the old, and let the fear of your God be before you : I am the Lord.
    19:33 And if a man from another country is living in your land with you, do not make life hard for him ; 34 Let him be to you as one of your countrymen and have love for him as for yourself ; for you were living in a strange land, in the land of Egypt : I am the Lord your God.
    19:35 Do not make false decisions in questions of yard-sticks and weights and measures. 36 Have true scales, true weights and measures for all things : I am the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt ; 37 You are to keep all my rules and my decisions and do them : I am the Lord.

LEVITICUS, 20
Grave crimes

    20:1 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Again, say to the children of Israel, If any man of the children of Israel, or any other man living in Israel, gives his offspring to Molech, he is certainly to be put to death : he is to be stoned by the people of the land; 3 And my face will be turned against that man, and he will be cut off from his people; because he has given his offspring to Molech, making my holy place unclean, and making my holy name common. 4 And if the people of the land do not take note of that man when he gives his offspring to Molech, and do not put him to death, 5 Then my face will be turned against him and his family, and he and all those who do evil with him will be cut off from among their people.
    20:6 And whoever goes after those who make use of spirits and wonder-workers, doing evil with them, against him will my face be turned, and he will be cut off from among his people. 7 So make and keep yourselves holy, for I am the Lord your God. 8 And keep my rules and do them: I am the Lord, who make you holy. 9 Every man cursing his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death ; because of his curse on his father or his mother, his blood will be on him.
    20:10 And if a man has sex relations with another man's wife, even the wife of his neighbour, he and she are certainly to be put to death. 11 And the man who has sex relations with his father's wife has put shame on his father: the two of them are to be put to death; their blood will be on them. 12 And if a man has sex relations with his son's wife, the two of them are to be put to death : it is unnatural ; their blood will be on them. 13 And if a man has sex relations with a man, the two of them have done a disgusting thing : let them be put to death; their blood will be on them. 14 And if a man takes as wife a woman and her mother, it is an act of shame ; let them be burned with fire, all three of them, so that there may be no shame among you. 15 And if a man has sex relations with a beast, let him be put to death, and let the beast be put to destruction. 16 And if a woman goes near a beast and has sex relations with it, you will put an end to the woman and the beast : their blood will be on them.
    20:17 And if a man takes his sister, daughter of his father or his mother, and has sex relations with her and she with him, it is an act of shame : they are to be cut off before the children of their people ; he has had sex relations with his sister, and his sin will be on him. 18 And if a man has sex relations with a woman at the time when she is unwell, he has seen her fountain and she has let the fountain of her blood be uncovered, and the two of them are to be cut off from among their people. 19 And you may not have sex connection with your mother's sister or your father's sister, for they are his near relations : their sin will be on them. 20 And if a man has sex relations with the wife of his father's brother, he has put shame on his father's brother : their sin will be on them ; till the day of their death they will have no children. 21 And if a man takes his brother's wife, it is an unclean act; he has put shame on his brother ; they will have no children.
    20:22 So then, keep my rules and my decisions and do them, so that the land which I am giving you as your resting-place may not violently send you out again. 23 And do not keep the rules of the nations which I am driving out before you ; for they did all these things, and for that reason my soul was turned against them. 24 But I have said to you, You will take their land and I will give it to you for your heritage, a land flowing with milk and honey : I am the Lord your God who have made you separate from all other peoples. 25 So then, make division between the clean beast and the unclean, and between the clean bird and the unclean : do not make yourselves disgusting by any beast or bird or anything which goes flat on the earth, which has been marked by me as unclean for you. 26 And you are to be holy to me ; for I the Lord am holy and have made you separate from the nations, so that you may be my people.
    20:27 Any man or woman who makes use of spirits, or who is a wonder-worker, is to be put to death: they are to be stoned with stones : their blood will be on them.

LEVITICUS, 21
Rules for priests

    21:1 And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the priests, the sons of Aaron, Let no man make himself unclean for the dead among his people; 2 But only for his near relations, for his mother or his father, his son or his daughter, and his brother ; 3 And for his sister, a virgin, for she is his near relation and has had no husband, he may make himself unclean. 4 But let him, being a chief among his people, not make himself unclean in such a way as to put shame on himself. 5 They are not to have their hair cut off for the dead, or the hair on their chins cut short, or make cuts in their flesh. 6 Let them be holy to their God and not make the name of their God common ; for the fire offerings of the Lord and the bread of their God are offered by them, and they are to be holy. 7 They may not take as wife a loose or common woman, or one who has been put away by her husband: for the priest is holy to his God. 8 And he is to be holy in your eyes, for by him the bread of your God is offered ; he is to be holy in your eyes, for I the Lord, who make you holy, am holy. 9 And if the daughter of a priest makes herself common and by her loose behaviour puts shame on her father, let her be burned with fire.
    21:10 And he who is the chief priest among his brothers, on whose head the holy oil has been put, who is marked out to put on the holy robes, may not let his hair go loose or have his clothing out of order as a sign of sorrow. 11 He may not go near any dead body or make himself unclean for his father or his mother ; 12 He may not go out of the holy place or make the holy place of his God common ; for the crown of the holy oil of his God is on him : I am the Lord. 13 And let him take as his wife one who has not had relations with a man. 14 A widow, or one whose husband has put her away, or a common woman of loose behaviour, may not be the wife of a priest ; but let him take a virgin from among his people. 15 And he may not make his seed unclean among his people, for I the Lord have made him holy.
    21:16 And the Lord said to Moses, 17 Say to Aaron, If a man of your family, in any generation, is damaged in body, let him not come near to make the offering of the bread of his God. 18 For any man whose body is damaged may not come near : one who is blind, or has not the use of his legs, or one who has a broken nose or any unnatural growth, 19 Or a man with broken feet or hands, 20 Or one whose back is bent, or one who is unnaturally small, or one who has a damaged eye, or whose skin is diseased, or whose sex parts are damaged ; 21 No man of the offspring of Aaron whose body is damaged in any way may come near to give the fire offerings of the Lord : he is damaged, he may not come near to make the offerings. 22 He may take of the bread of God, the holy and the most holy ; 23 But he may not go inside the veil or come near the altar, because he is damaged ; and he may not make my holy places common ; for I the Lord have made them holy. 24 These are the words which Moses said to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel.

LEVITICUS, 22
Rules for eating sacrifices

    22:1 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Give orders to Aaron and to his sons to keep themselves separate from the holy things of the children of Israel which they give to me, and not to make my holy name common: I am the Lord, 3 Say to them, If any man of all your seed through all your generations, being unclean, comes near the holy things which the children of Israel make holy to the Lord, he will be cut off from before me : I am the Lord. 4 No man of the seed of Aaron who is a leper, or who has a flow from his body, may take of the holy food till he is clean. And any man touching anything which is unclean because of the dead, or any man whose seed goes from him ; 5 Or anyone touching any unclean thing which goes flat on the earth, or someone by whom he may be made unclean in any way whatever ; 6 Any person touching any such unclean thing will be unclean till evening, and may not take of the holy food till his flesh has been bathed in water; 7 And when the sun has gone down he will be clean ; and after that he may take part in the holy food, because it is his bread. 8 That which comes to a natural death, or is attacked by beasts, he may not take as food, for it will make him unclean: I am the Lord. 9 So then, let them keep what I have put into their care, for fear that sin may come on them because of it, so causing their death because they have made it common : I am the Lord, who make them holy.
    22:10 No outside person may take of the holy food, or one living as a guest in the priest's house, or a servant working for payment. 11 But any person for whom the priest has given money, to make him his, may take of it with him ; and those who come to birth in his house may take of his bread. 12 And if the daughter of a priest is married to an outside person she may not take of the holy things which are lifted up as offerings. 13 But if a priest's daughter is a widow, or parted from her husband, and has no child, and has come back to her father's house as when she was a girl, she may take of her father's bread; but no outside person may do so. 14 And if a man takes the holy food in error, he will have to give the holy thing back to the priest, with the addition of a fifth part. 15 And they may not make common the holy things which the children of Israel give to the Lord, 16 So causing sin to come on them when they take their holy things for food: I am the Lord who make them holy.
    22:17 And the Lord said to Moses, 18 Say to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel, If any man of the children of Israel, or of another nation living in Israel, makes an offering, given because of an oath or freely given to the Lord for a burned offering; 19 So that it may be pleasing to the Lord, let him give a male, without any mark, from among the oxen or the sheep or the goats. 20 But anything which has a mark you may not give ; it will not make you pleasing to the Lord. 21 And whoever makes a peace-offering to the Lord, in payment of an oath or as a free offering, from the herd or the flock, if it is to be pleasing to the Lord, let it be free from any mark or damage. 22 Anything blind or broken or damaged or having any disease or any mark on it may not be offered to the Lord ; you may not make an offering of it by fire on the altar to the Lord. 23 An ox or a lamb which has more or less than its natural parts, may be given as a free offering ; but it will not be taken in payment of an oath. 24 An animal which has its sex parts damaged or crushed or broken or cut, may not be offered to the Lord ; such a thing may not be done anywhere in your land. 25 And from one who is not an Israelite you may not take any of these for an offering to the Lord ; for they are unclean, there is a mark on them, and the Lord will not be pleased with them.
    22:26 And the Lord said to Moses, 27 When an ox or a sheep or a goat is given birth, let it be with its mother for seven days; and after the eighth day it may be taken as an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 A cow or a sheep may not be put to death with its young on the same day. 29 And when you make an offering of praise to the Lord, make it in a way which is pleasing to him. 30 Let it be used for food on the same day ; do not keep any part of it till the morning : I am the Lord.
    22:31 So then, keep my orders and do them: I am the Lord. 32 And do not make my holy name common ; so that it may be kept holy by the children of Israel: I am the Lord who make you holy, 33 Who took you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God : I am the Lord.

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