18The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: I am the Lord your God. 3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not follow their statutes. 4My ordinances you shall observe and my statutes you shall keep, following them: I am the Lord your God. 5You shall keep my statutes and my ordinances; by doing so one shall live: I am the Lord.
6 None of you shall approach anyone near of kin to uncover nakedness: I am the Lord. 7You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8You shall not uncover the nakedness of your fathers wife; it is the nakedness of your father. 9You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your fathers daughter or your mothers daughter, whether born at home or born abroad. 10You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sons daughter or of your daughters daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness. 11You shall not uncover the nakedness of your fathers wifes daughter, begotten by your father, since she is your sister. 12You shall not uncover the nakedness of your fathers sister; she is your fathers flesh. 13You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mothers sister, for she is your mothers flesh. 14You shall not uncover the nakedness of your fathers brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 15You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law: she is your sons wife; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brothers wife; it is your brothers nakedness. 17You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, and you shall not take* her sons daughter or her daughters daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are your* flesh; it is depravity. 18And you shall not take* a woman as a rival to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.
19 You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. 20You shall not have sexual relations with your kinsmans wife, and defile yourself with her. 21You shall not give any of your offspring to sacrifice them* to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 22You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. 23You shall not have sexual relations with any animal and defile yourself with it, nor shall any woman give herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it: it is perversion.
24 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for by all these practices the nations I am casting out before you have defiled themselves. 25Thus the land became defiled; and I punished it for its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26But you shall keep my statutes and my ordinances and commit none of these abominations, either the citizen or the alien who resides among you 27(for the inhabitants of the land, who were before you, committed all of these abominations, and the land became defiled); 28otherwise the land will vomit you out for defiling it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 29For whoever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off from their people. 30So keep my charge not to commit any of these abominations that were done before you, and not to defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011