19 Thena Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the community of the ⌊Israelites⌋,b and say to them, ‘Youc must be holy, because I, Yahweh yourd God, am holy. 3 Each of you must revere your mothere and your father,f and youg must keep my Sabbaths; I am Yahweh yourh God. 4 Youi must not turn to idols, and youj must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal; I am Yahweh yourk God.
5 “ ‘And when youl sacrifice a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to Yahweh, youm must sacrifice it for yourn acceptance. 6 It must be eaten on the day of youro sacrifice and the next day; butp the remainder must be burned up in the fire by the third day. 7 And if it is indeed eaten on the third day, it is unclean meat; it shall not be regarded as accepted. 8 And the one who eats it shall bear his guilt, because he has profaned Yahweh’s holiness, and that person shall be cut off from his people.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
9 “ ‘And at yourq reaping the harvest of yourr land yous must not finish reaping the edge of yourt field, and youu must not glean the remnants of yourv harvest. 10 And youw must not glean yourx vineyard, and youy must not gather yourz vineyard’s fallen grapes; youa must leave them behind for the needy and for the alien; I am Yahweh yourb God.
11 “ ‘Youc shall not steal, and youd shall not deceive, and youe shall not lie ⌊to one another⌋;f 12 and youg shall not swear ⌊falsely⌋h in my name, and so one of youi profanej the name of yourk God; I am Yahweh.
13 “ ‘Youl shall not exploit yourm neighbor, and youn shall not rob him; a hired worker’s wage youo shall not ⌊withhold⌋p overnight until morning. 14 Youq shall not curse the deaf, and your shall not put a stumbling block ⌊before⌋s a blind person, butt youu shall revere yourv God; I am Yahweh.
15 “ ‘Youw shall not do injustice in judgment; ⌊youx shall not show partiality to the powerless⌋;y youz shall not give preference ⌊to the powerful⌋;a youb shall judge yourc fellow citizen with justice. 16 Youd shall not go about with slander among youre people; ⌊youf shall not endanger yourg neighbor’s life⌋;h I am Yahweh.
17 “ ‘Youi shall not hate yourj brother in yourk heart; youl shall surely rebuke yourm fellow citizen, so that youn do not incur sin ⌊along with⌋o him. 18 Youp shall not seek vengeance, and youq shall not harbor a grudge against ⌊yourr fellow citizens⌋;s and yout shall love youru neighbor like yourself; v I am Yahweh.
19 “ ‘Youw must keep my statutes: as for yourx domestic animals, youy shall not cause two differing kinds to breed; as for yourz field, youa shall not sow two differing kinds of seed; and, a garment of two differing kinds of woven material should not be worn on you.b
20 “ ‘And when a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen and she is a female slave promised to a man, butc she indeed has not been ransomed or freedom has not been given to her, there shall be an obligation to compensate; they shall not be put to death, because she has not been freed. 21 And he shall bring his guilt offering to Yahweh at the tent of assembly’s entrance: a ram for a guilt offering. 22 And the priest shall make atonement for him ⌊before⌋d Yahweh with the ram of the guilt offering for his sin that he ⌊committed⌋,e and so his sin that he ⌊committed⌋f shall be forgiven him.
23 “ ‘And when youg have come into the land and youh plant any tree fori food, ⌊youj shall regard its fruit as unharvestable⌋;k for three years it shall be forbidden for you; l it shall not be eaten. 24 Butm in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, offerings of praise for Yahweh. 25 And in the fifth year youn shall eat its fruit to increase its yield for you; o I am Yahweh yourp God.
26 “ ‘Youq must not eat anything with the blood; your shall not practice divination, nor shall yous interpret signs. 27 Yout shall not round off the corner hair of youru head, and youv shall not trim the corner of yourw beard. 28 And youx shall not make a slash in youry body for a dead person, nor shall youz make on yourselves a tattoo’s mark; I am Yahweh.
29 “ ‘Youa shall not profane yourb daughter by making her a prostitute, ⌊lest the land be prostituted and the land fill up with depravity⌋.c 30 Youd shall keep my Sabbaths, and youe shall revere my sanctuary; I am Yahweh.
31 “ ‘Youf shall not turn to the mediums and to the soothsayers; youg shall not seek them to become unclean with them; I am Yahweh yourh God.
32 “ ‘⌊Before⌋i old age youj shall get up, and youk shall show respect for an old person; and youl shall revere your God; I am Yahweh.
33 “ ‘And when an alien dwells with youm in yourn land, youo shall not oppress him. 34 The alien who is dwelling with youp shall be like a native among you,q and your shall love him like yourself, s because yout were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh youru God.
35 “ ‘Youv shall not commit injustice in regulation, in measurement, in weight, orw volume. 36 Youx must have honest balances, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin; I am Yahweh youry God who brought youz out from the land of Egypt.
37 “ ‘Thus youa shall keep all my statutes and all my regulations, and youb shall do them; I am Yahweh.’ ”
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