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Leviticus 18

1The Israelites must not follow the practices of Egypt and Canaan, but the ordinances of God. 6Unlawful marriages. 19Unlawful lusts.


1 AND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

    2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the aLORD your God.

    3 After bthe doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and cafter the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

    4 Ye shall ddo my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

    5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: ewhich if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

    6 ┬ÂNone fof you shall approach to any that is 1near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

    7 The gnakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

    8 hThe nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

    9 The inakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born *abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

    10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

      11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

        12 Thou jshalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

        13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

          14 Thou kshalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

          15 Thou lshalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

          16 Thou mshalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

          17 Thou nshalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

          18 Neither shalt thou take 2a wife to her sister, to *vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

          19 Also othou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

          20 Moreover pthou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

          21 And thou qshalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to 3Molech, neither shalt thou rprofane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

          22 Thou sshalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

          23 Neither tshalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

          24 uDefile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

          25 And the vland is defiled: therefore I do wvisit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself xvomiteth out her inhabitants.

          26 Ye shall ytherefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that *sojourneth among you:

          27 (For all these abominations zhave the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

          28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

            29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be acut off from among their people.

            30 Therefore shall ye keep mine bordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I cam the LORD your God.