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Molech Worship and Spiritism

20 Thena Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “And to the Israelitesb you shall say, ‘If there is anyonec from the Israelitesd ore from the alien who is dwelling in Israel, who gives any off his offspring to Molech, he must surely be put to death; the people of the land must stone him with stones.g And I myself will set my face against that man, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, because he has given some ofh his offspring to Molech, so that he makes my sanctuary uncleani and profanesj my holy name.k And if the people of the land ever shut their eyes froml that man at his giving some ofm his offspring to Molech, not putting him to death, thenn I myself will set my face against that man and against his clan, and I will cut him off and all those from the midst of their people who prostitute after Molech. As foro the person who turns to the mediums and the soothsayers to prostitute after them, I will setp my face against that person, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people.

“ ‘And you shall consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy, because I am Yahweh your God. And you shall keep my statutes, and you shall do them; I am Yahweh who consecrates you.

Family and Sexual Offenses

“ ‘If there is anyoneq who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father and his mother—his blood is upon him.

10 “ ‘As forr a man who commits adultery with a man’s wife, who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man who commits adultery and the woman who commits adultery shall surely be put to death. 11 As fors a man who lies with his father’s wife, he has exposed his father’s nakedness; both of them shall be put to death—their blood is on them. 12 As fort a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed a perversion—their blood is on them.

13 “ ‘As foru the man who lies with a male as lying with a woman, they have committed a detestable thing; they shall surely be put to death—their blood is on them.

14 “ ‘As forv a man who marries a woman and her mother, that is depravity; they shall burn him and them, so that it shall not become depravity in the midst of you all.

15 “ ‘As forw a man who has sexual relationsx with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you must kill the animal. 16 As fory a woman who approaches any animal to copulate with it, you shall killz the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death—their blood is on them.

17 “ ‘As fora a man who takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, and he sees her nakedness and she herself sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off beforeb the eyes of their people;c he has exposed his sister’s nakedness—he must bear his guilt. 18 As ford a man who lies with a menstruating woman, he exposese her nakedness—her source he exposes and she herself reveals her blood’s source—both of them shall be cut off from the midst of their people. 19 And you shall not expose the nakedness of your mother’s sister, and you shall not expose your father’s sister, because such a personf has dishonored his close relative—they must bear their guilt. 20 As forg a man who lies with his aunt, he has exposed his uncle’s nakedness—they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21 As forh a man who marries his brother’s wife, it is an abomination; he has exposed his brother’s nakedness—they shall be childless.

You Shall Be Holy

22 “ ‘And you shall keep all my statutes and all my regulations, and you shall do them, so thati the land, to which I am bringing you to inhabit it, shall not vomit you out. 23 And you shall not follow the statutes of the nation that I am driving out from before you,j because they did all these things, and I detested them. 24 Sok I said to you, “You yourselves shall take possession of their land, and I myself shall give it to you to possess it—a land flowing with milk and honey”; I am Yahweh your God, who has set you apartl from the nations. 25 And you shall distinguish between the clean and the unclean animal and between the unclean and the clean bird; and you shall not defile yourselves with the animal orm with the bird orn with anything that moves along the ground that I have set apart for you as unclean.o 26 And you shall be holy for me, because I, Yahweh, am holy, and I have singled you out from the nations to be mine.

27 “ ‘And a man or a woman, if a spirit of the dead or a spirit of divination is in them, they shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stonesp—their blood is on them.’ ”


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The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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