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L e v itic u s
“Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, for she is your
mother’s close relative.
“Do not violate your uncle, your father’s brother, by having sexual relations with his wife, for she is your aunt.
“Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law; she is your
son’s wife, so you must not have sexual relations with her.
“Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife, for this would
violate your brother.
“Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. And
do not take her granddaughter, whether her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, and have sexual relations with her. They are close relatives,
and this would be a wicked act.
“While your wife is living, do not marry her sister and have sexual relations with her, for they would be rivals.
“Do not have sexual relations with a woman during her period of menstrual impurity.
“Do not defile yourself by having sexual intercourse with your neighbor’s wife.
“Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to
Molech, for you must not bring shame on the name of your God. I am
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a
woman. It is a detestable sin.
“A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a
woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it.
This is a perverse act.
“Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for the people I am driving out before you have defiled themselves in all these ways. Because the
entire land has become defiled, I am punishing the people who live there.
I will cause the land to vomit them out. You must obey all my decrees and
regulations. You must not commit any of these detestable sins. This applies both to n ative-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you.
“All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land
where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled. So do
not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out
the people who live there now. Whoever commits any of these detestable
sins will be cut off from the community of Israel. So obey my instructions,
and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you.
I am the Lord your God.”