Leviticus 20

1The Lord said to Moses, 2“You must also tell the people of Israel these things: A person in your country might give one of his children to the false god Molech. That person must be killed! It does not matter if that person is a citizen of Israel or a foreigner living in Israel, you must throw stones at that person and kill him. 3I will be against that person! I will separate him from his people. Why? Because he gave his children to Molech. He showed that he did not respect my holy name. And he made my holy place unclean. 4Maybe the common people will ignore that person. Maybe they will not kill that person who gave his children to Molech. 5But I will be against that person and his family! I will separate him from his people. I will separate any person who is unfaithful to me and chases after Molech. 6“I will be against any person who goes to mediums and wizards for advice. That person is being unfaithful to me. So I will separate that person from his people. 7“Be special. Make yourselves holy. Why? Because ˻I am holy˼! I am the Lord your God. 8Remember and obey my laws. I am the Lord. And I have made you ˻my˼ special ˻people˼. 9“If any person curses his father or mother, that person must be put to death. He cursed his father or mother, so he is responsible for his own death! 10“If a man has sexual relations with his neighbor’s wife, then both the man and the woman are guilty of adultery. So both the man and the woman must be put to death! 11If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, then both the man and the woman must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death. It is as if that man had had sexual relations with his father! 12“If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death. They have done a very bad sexual sin! They are responsible for their own death. 13“If a man has sexual relations with another man as with a woman, then these two men have done a terrible sin. They must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death. 14“It is a sexual sin if a man has sexual relations with a woman and her mother. The people must burn that man and the two women in fire! Don’t let this sexual sin happen among your people! 15“If a man has sexual relations with an animal, that man must be put to death. And you must also kill the animal. 16If a woman has sexual relations with an animal, then you must kill the woman and the animal. They must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death. 17“If a brother and his sister or half sister marry each other and have sexual relations with each other, it is a shameful thing! They must be punished in public! They must be separated from their people! The man who has sexual relations with his sister must be punished for his sin! 18“If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her monthly time of bleeding, then both the woman and the man must be separated from their people. They sinned because they exposed her source of blood. 19“You must not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister or your father’s sister. That is a sin of incest. You must be punished for your sins. 20“A man must not have sexual relations with his uncle’s wife. It would be like having sexual relations with his uncle. That man and his uncle’s wife will be punished for their sins. They will die without children. 21It is wrong for a man to take his brother’s wife. It would be like having sexual relations with his brother! They will have no children. 22“You must remember all my laws and rules. And you must obey them. I am leading you to your land. You will live in that country. If you obey my laws and rules, then that land will not vomit you out. 23I am forcing other people to leave that country. Why? Because those people did all of those sins! I hate those ˻sins˼! So don’t live the way those people lived! 24“I have told you that you will get their land. I will give their land to you. It will be your land! It is a land filled with many good things. I am the Lord your God! “˻I have made you my special people.˼ I have treated you differently from other people. 25So you must treat clean animals differently from unclean animals. You must treat clean birds differently from unclean birds. Don’t eat any of those unclean birds, and animals, and things that crawl on the ground. I have made those things unclean. 26I have made you my special people. So you must be holy for me! Why? Because I am the Lord, and I am holy! 27“A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard, must be put to death. The people must kill them with stones. They must be killed.”

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