23 “Do not spread reports that are false. Do not help an evil person by telling lies in court.
2“Do not follow the crowd when they do what is wrong. When you are a witness in court, do not turn what is right into wrong. Do not go along with the crowd. 3Do not show favor to a poor person in court.
6“Be fair to your poor people in their court cases. 7Do not have anything to do with a charge that is false. Do not put to death those who are not guilty of doing anything wrong. I will not let those who are guilty go free.
10“For six years plant your fields and gather your crops. 11But during the seventh year do not plow your land or use it. Then the poor people who are among you can get food from it. The wild animals can eat what is left over. Do the same thing with your vineyards and your groves of olive trees.
14“Three times a year you must celebrate a feast in my honor.
15“Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Eat bread that is made without yeast for seven days, just as I commanded you. Do it at the appointed time in the month of Abib. You came out of Egypt in that month.
“You must not come to worship me with your hands empty.
“Celebrate the Feast of Booths. Hold it in the fall when you gather in your crops from the field.
“Suppose the fat from sacrifices is left over from my feasts. Then do not keep it until morning.
“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.
20“I am sending an angel ahead of you. He will guard you along the way. He will bring you to the place I have prepared. 21Pay attention to him. Listen to what he says. Do not refuse to obey him. He will not forgive you if you turn against him. My very Name is in him. 22Listen carefully to what he says. Do everything I say. Then I will be an enemy to your enemies. I will fight against those who fight against you.
25“I am the Lord your God. Worship me. Then I will bless your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you. 26In your land no woman will give birth to a dead baby. Every woman will be able to have children. I will give you a long life.
27“I will send my terror ahead of you. I will throw every nation you meet into a panic. I will make all of your enemies turn their backs and run away. 28I will send hornets ahead of you. They will drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.
29“But I will not drive them out in just one year. If I did, the land would be deserted. There would be too many wild animals for you. 30I will drive them out ahead of you little by little. I will do it until your numbers have increased enough for you to take control of the land.
“I will hand over to you the people who live in the land. You will drive them out to make room for you. 32Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 33Do not let them live in your land. If you do, they will cause you to sin against me. If you worship their gods, that will certainly be a trap for you.”