18 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God.o 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.p 4 You must obey my lawsq and be careful to follow my decrees.r I am the Lord your God.s 5 Keep my decrees and laws,t for the person who obeys them will live by them.u I am the Lord.
12 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister;b she is your father’s close relative.
13 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister,c because she is your mother’s close relative.
14 “ ‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.d
16 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife;g that would dishonor your brother.
17 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter.h Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
18 “ ‘Do not take your wife’s sisteri as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
20 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wifel and defile yourself with her.
23 “ ‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.s
24 “ ‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before yout became defiled.u 25 Even the land was defiled;v so I punished it for its sin,w and the land vomited out its inhabitants.x 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws.y The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land,z it will vomit you outa as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 “ ‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirementsb and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.c’ ”
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