Leviticus 19

1The Lord said to Moses, 2“Tell all the people of Israel: I am the Lord your God! I am holy, so you must be holy! 3“Each person among you must honor his mother and father and keep my special days of rest. I am the Lord your God! 4“Don’t worship idols. Don’t make melted statues of gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God! 5“When you offer a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord, you must offer it in the right way so you will be accepted. 6You may eat it the same day you offer it, and also on the next day. But if any of that sacrifice is left on the third day, then you must burn it in the fire. 7You must not eat any of that sacrifice on the third day. It will be unclean. It will not be accepted. 8A person will be guilty of sin if he does that! Why? Because he did not respect the holy things that belong to the Lord. That person must be separated from his people. 9“When you cut your crops at harvest time, don’t cut all the way to the corners of your fields. And if grain falls on the ground, you must not gather up that grain. 10Don’t pick all the grapes in your vineyards and don’t pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Why? Because you must leave those things for poor people and for people traveling through your country. I am the Lord your God! 11“You must not steal. You must not cheat people. You must not lie to each other. 12You must not use my name to make false promises. If you do that, then you will show that you don’t respect the name of your God. I am the Lord! 13“You must not do bad things to your neighbor. You must not rob ˻him˼. You must not hold a hired worker’s salary all night until morning. 14“You must not curse a deaf man. You must not put something in front of a blind person to make him fall. But you must respect your God. I am the Lord! 15“You must be fair in judgment. You must not show special favor to poor people. And you must not show special favor to important people. You must be fair when you judge your neighbor. 16You must not go around spreading false stories against other people. Don’t do anything that would put your neighbor’s life in danger. I am the Lord! 17“You must not hate your brother in your heart. If your neighbor does something wrong, then talk to him about it. But forgive him! 18Forget about the wrong things people do ˻to you˼. Don’t try to get even. Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord! 19“You must obey my laws. You must not breed together two kinds of animals. You must not sow your field with two kinds of seed. You must not wear clothing made from two kinds of material mixed together. 20“It may happen that a man has sexual relations with a woman who is the slave of ˻another˼ man. But this slave woman has not been bought or given her freedom. If this happens, then there must be punishment. But they will not be put to death. Why? Because the woman was not free. 21The man must bring his guilt offering to the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. The man must bring a ram for a guilt offering. 22The priest will do the things that will make the man pure. The priest will offer the ram as a guilt offering before the Lord. It will be for the sins the man did. Then the man will be forgiven for the sins he did. 23“In the future, you will enter your country. At that time, you will plant many kinds of trees for food. After planting a tree, you must wait three years before you can use any of the fruit from that tree. You must not use that fruit. 24In the fourth year, the fruit from that tree will be the Lord’s. It will be a holy offering of praise to the Lord. 25Then, in the fifth year, you can eat the fruit from that tree. And the tree will produce more and more fruit for you. I am the Lord your God! 26“You must not eat any meat with blood still in it. “You must not try to use magic and other things to predict the future. 27“You must not round off the hair that grows on the side of your face. You must not cut your beard that grows on the side of your face. 28You must not cut your body as a way to remember dead people. You must not make any tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord! 29“Don’t make your daughter become a prostitute. That only shows you don’t respect her! Don’t let people be prostitutes in your country. Don’t let your country be filled with that kind of sin. 30“You must not work on my special days of rest. You must honor my holy place. I am the Lord! 31“Don’t go to mediums or wizards for advice. Don’t go to them; they will only make you unclean. I am the Lord your God! 32“Show honor to old people. Stand up when they come into the room. Show respect to your God. I am the Lord! 33“Don’t do bad things to foreigners living in your country! 34You must treat foreigners the same as you treat your own citizens. Love foreigners like you love yourselves. Why? Because you were foreigners one time—in Egypt. I am the Lord your God! 35“You must be fair when you judge people. And you must be fair when you measure and weigh things. 36Your baskets should be the right size. Your jars should hold the right amount of liquids. Your weights and balances should weigh things correctly. I am the Lord your God! I brought you out from the land of Egypt! 37“You must remember all my laws and rules. And you must obey them. I am the Lord!”

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