Exodus 23

Sundry Laws

a You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a b malicious witness. You shall not follow
Lit many men
the masses in doing evil, nor shall you
Or answer
testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after
Lit many men
a multitude in order to f pervert justice;
g nor shall you
Lit honor
be partial to a poor man in his dispute.

i If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him. j If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.

k You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute. l Keep far from a false charge, and m do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for n I will not acquit the guilty.

o You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and
Or distorts the words
subverts the cause of the just.

q You shall not oppress a
Or sojourner(s)
stranger, since you yourselves know the
Lit soul
feelings of a
Or sojourner(s)
stranger, for you also were
Or sojourner(s)
strangers in the land of Egypt.

The Sabbath and Land

10  v You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, 11 but on the seventh year you shall let it
Lit drop
rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12  x Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as
Lit the sojourner
your stranger, may refresh themselves.
13 “Now z concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and aa do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard
Lit on
from your mouth.

Three National Feasts

14  ac Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. 15 You shall observe ad the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the ae month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And
Lit they...not
ag none shall appear before Me empty-handed.
16 “Also you shall observe ah the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year ai when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17  aj Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord

18  al You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; am nor is the fat of My
Or festival
feast to remain overnight until morning.

19 You shall bring ao the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the  Lord your God.

ap You are not to boil a young goat in the milk of its mother.

Conquest of the Land

20 Behold, I am going to send aq an angel before you to guard you along the way and ar to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; as do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since at My name is in him. 22 But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then au I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23  av For My angel will go before you and bring you in to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will completely destroy them. 24  aw You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; ax but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their ay  sacred pillars in pieces. 25  az But you shall serve the  Lord your God
Or that He may bless
and He will bless your bread and your water; and bb I will remove sickness from your midst.
26 There shall be no one miscarrying or bc barren in your land; bd I will fulfill the number of your days. 27 “I will be send My terror ahead of you, and bf throw into confusion all the people among whom you come, and I will bg make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 I will send bh hornets ahead of you so that they will bi drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you. 29  bj I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 I will drive them out before you bk little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. 31  bl I will fix your boundary from the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; bn for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will bo drive them out before you.
32  bp “You shall
Lit cut
make no covenant with them br or with their gods.
33  bs They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods bt it will surely be a snare to you.”
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