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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
19:1-19
The Lord also said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God,
am holy.
“Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father, and
you must always observe my Sabbath days of rest. I am the Lord your
God.
“Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.
“When you sacrifice a peace offering to the Lord, offer it properly so
you will be accepted by God. The sacrifice must be eaten on the same day
you offer it or on the next day. Whatever is left over until the third day
must be completely burned up. If any of the sacrifice is eaten on the third
day, it will be contaminated, and I will not accept it. Anyone who eats it
on the third day will be punished for defiling what is holy to the Lord and
will be cut off from the community.
“When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain
along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters
drop. It is the same with your grape ­crop—­do not strip every last bunch
of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the
ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I
am the Lord your God.
“Do not steal.
“Do not deceive or cheat one another.
“Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear
falsely. I am the Lord.
“Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“Do not make your hired workers wait until the next day to receive their
pay.
“Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your
God; I am the Lord.
“Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.
“Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.
“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the
Lord.
“Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront
people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love
your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
“You must obey all my decrees.
“Do not mate two different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field





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