Leviticus 18

1The Lord said to Moses, 2“Tell the people of Israel: I am the Lord your God. 3In the past, you lived in Egypt. You must not do the things that were done in that country! I am leading you to Canaan. You must not do the things that are done in that country! Don’t follow their customs. 4You must obey my rules and follow my laws! Be sure to follow those rules! Why? Because I am the Lord your God. 5So you must obey my laws and rules. If a person obeys my laws and rules, he will live! I am the Lord! 6“You must never have sexual relations with your close relatives! I am the Lord. 7“You must never have sexual relations with your father or mother. This woman is your mother. So you must not have sexual relations with her. 8You must not have sexual relations with your father’s wife ˻even if she is not your mother˼. Why? Because that is like having sexual relations with your father. 9“You must not have sexual relations with your sister. It doesn’t matter if she is the daughter of your father or your mother. And it does not matter if your sister was born in ˻your˼ house or at another place. 10“You must not have sexual relations with your granddaughter. They are a part of you! 11“If your father and his wife have a daughter, then she is your sister. You must not have sexual relations with her. 12“You must not have sexual relations with your father’s sister. She is your father’s close relative. 13You must not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister. She is your mother’s close relative. 14You must not have sexual relations with the wife of your father’s brother. You must not go near your uncle’s wife ˻for sexual relations˼. She is your aunt. 15“You must not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife. You must not have sexual relations with her. 16“You must not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife. That would be like having sexual relations with your brother. 17“You must not have sexual relations with a mother and her daughter. And you must not have sexual relations with this woman’s granddaughter. It does not matter if this granddaughter is the daughter of this woman’s son or daughter. Her granddaughters are her close relatives. It is wrong ˻to have sexual relations with them˼. 18“While your wife is still living, you must not take her sister as ˻another˼ wife. This will make the sisters become enemies. You must not have sexual relations with your wife’s sister. 19“Also you must not go near a woman to have sexual relations with her during her monthly time of bleeding. She is unclean during this time. 20“And you must not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife. This will only make you filthy! 21“You must not give any of your children through ˻the fire˼ to Molech. If you do this, you will show that you don’t respect the name of your God! I am the Lord. 22“You must not have sexual relations with a man as with a woman. That is a terrible sin! 23“You must not have sexual relations with any animal. This will only make you filthy! Also, a woman must not have sexual relations with an animal. It is against nature! 24“Don’t make yourself unclean with any of those wrong things! I am throwing nations out of their countries and giving their land to you! Why? Because those people did those terrible sins! 25They made the land filthy! Now the land ˻is sick of those things˼! And the land is vomiting out the people who lived there! 26“So you must obey my laws and rules. You must not do any of those terrible sins. Those rules are for the citizens of Israel, and they are for the people living among you! 27The people who lived in the land before you did all those terrible things. So the land became filthy! 28˻If you do these things,˼ then you will make the land filthy. And it will vomit you out like it vomited out the nations that were ˻there˼ before you. 29If any person does any of those terrible sins, then that person must be separated from his people! 30Other people have done those terrible sins. But you must obey my laws! You must not do any of those terrible sins! Don’t make yourself filthy with those terrible sins! I am the Lord your God.”

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