Leviticus 18

Laws on Immoral Relations

1Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘ a  I am the  Lord your God. 3You shall not do
Lit according to the deed of
what is c  done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do
Lit according to the deed of
what is e  done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes.
4You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes,
Lit to walk in them
to live in accord with them; g  I am the  Lord your God.
5So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, h  by which a man may live if he does them; I am the  Lord.

6None of you shall approach any blood relative
Lit of his flesh
of his to uncover nakedness; I am the  Lord.
7j  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your mother; you are not to uncover her nakedness. 8k  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness. 9l  The nakedness of your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover. 10The nakedness of your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for
Lit they are your nakedness
their nakedness is yours.
11The nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter,
Lit begotten of
born to your father, she is your sister, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
12o  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s blood relative. 13You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s blood relative. 14p  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother; you shall not approach his wife, she is your aunt. 15q  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16r  You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness. 17s  You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, nor shall you take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; they are blood relatives. It is
Or wickedness
lewdness.
18‘You shall not
Lit take a wife
marry a woman in addition to
Or another
her sister
Lit to be
as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.

19x  Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her y  menstrual impurity. 20z  You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife, to be defiled with her. 21You shall not give any of your offspring aa  to
Lit cause to pass over
offer them to Molech, nor shall you ac  profane the name of your God; I am the  Lord.
22ad  You shall not lie with a male as
Lit those who lie
one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
23af  Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to
Or lie
mate with it; it is a perversion.

24Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these ah  the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. 25For the land has become defiled, ai  therefore I have brought its
Lit iniquity
punishment upon it, so the land ak  has spewed out its inhabitants.
26But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you 27(for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); 28so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. 29For whoever does any of these abominations,
Or and the
those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people.
30Thus you are to keep am  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; an  I am the  Lord your God.’”
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