Molech Worship and Spiritism
1Then#Or “And” Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2“And to the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” you shall say, ‘If there is anyone#Literally “a man a man” from the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” or#Or “and” from the alien who is dwelling in Israel, who gives any of#Literally “from” his offspring to Molech, he must surely be put to death; the people of the land must stone him with stones.#Hebrew “the stone” 3And I myself will set my face against that man, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, because he has given some of#Literally “from” his offspring to Molech, so that he makes my sanctuary unclean#Literally “to make unclean my sanctuary” and profanes#Hebrew “to profane” my holy name.#Literally “the name of my holiness” 4And if the people of the land ever shut their eyes from#Or “disregard” that man at his giving some of#Literally “from” his offspring to Molech, not putting him to death, 5then#Or “and” I myself will set my face against that man and against his clan, and I will cut him off and all those from the midst of their people who prostitute after Molech. 6As for#Or “And” the person who turns to the mediums and the soothsayers to prostitute after them, I will set#Hebrew “and I will set” my face against that person, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people.
7“ ‘And you shall consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy, because I am Yahweh your God. 8And you shall keep my statutes, and you shall do them; I am Yahweh who consecrates you.
Family and Sexual Offenses
9“ ‘If there is anyone#Literally “a man a man” who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father and his mother—his blood is upon him.
10“ ‘As for#Or “And” a man who commits adultery with a man’s wife, who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man who commits adultery and the woman who commits adultery shall surely be put to death. 11As for#Or “And” a man who lies with his father’s wife, he has exposed his father’s nakedness; both of them shall be put to death—their blood is on them. 12As for#Or “And” a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed a perversion—their blood is on them.
13“ ‘As for#Or “And” the man who lies with a male as lying with a woman, they have committed a detestable thing; they shall surely be put to death—their blood is on them.
14“ ‘As for#Or “And” a man who marries a woman and her mother, that is depravity; they shall burn him and them, so that it shall not become depravity in the midst of you all.
15“ ‘As for#Or “And” a man who has sexual relations#Literally “he gives his lying down” with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you must kill the animal. 16As for#Or “And” a woman who approaches any animal to copulate with it, you shall kill#Or “and you shall kill” the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death—their blood is on them.
17“ ‘As for#Or “And” a man who takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, and he sees her nakedness and she herself sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off before#Literally “in” the eyes of their people;#Literally “the sons/children of their people” he has exposed his sister’s nakedness—he must bear his guilt. 18As for#Or “And” a man who lies with a menstruating woman, he exposes#Or “and he exposes” her nakedness—her source he exposes and she herself reveals her blood’s source—both of them shall be cut off from the midst of their people. 19And you shall not expose the nakedness of your mother’s sister, and you shall not expose your father’s sister, because such a person#Hebrew “he” has dishonored his close relative—they must bear their guilt. 20As for#Or “And” a man who lies with his aunt, he has exposed his uncle’s nakedness—they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21As for#Or “And” a man who marries his brother’s wife, it is an abomination; he has exposed his brother’s nakedness—they shall be childless.
You Shall Be Holy
22“ ‘And you shall keep all my statutes and all my regulations, and you shall do them, so that#Or “and” the land, to which I am bringing you to inhabit it, shall not vomit you out. 23And you shall not follow the statutes of the nation that I am driving out from before you,#Literally “from your faces” because they did all these things, and I detested them. 24So#Or “And” I said to you, “You yourselves shall take possession of their land, and I myself shall give it to you to possess it—a land flowing with milk and honey”; I am Yahweh your God, who has set you apart#Literally “I have set you apart” from the nations. 25And you shall distinguish between the clean and the unclean animal and between the unclean and the clean bird; and you shall not defile yourselves with the animal or#Or “and” with the bird or#Or “and” with anything that moves along the ground that I have set apart for you as unclean.#Literally “to make unclean” 26And you shall be holy for me, because I, Yahweh, am holy, and I have singled you out from the nations to be mine.
27“ ‘And a man or a woman, if a spirit of the dead or a spirit of divination is in them, they shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones#Hebrew “the stone”—their blood is on them.’ ”
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