Molech Worship and Spiritism
1The Lord spoke to Moses:
2“Say to the Israelites: Any Israelite or alien residing in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech20:2 Lv 18:21; Dt 18:10; 2Kg 23:10; Ac 7:43 must be put to death; the people of the country are to stone him.20:2 Lv 24:14; Nm 15:35–36; Dt 17:2–7; 21:21; Jos 7:25
3I will turn20:3 Lit will set my face, also in vv. 5,6 against that man and cut him off from his people, because he gave his offspring to Molech, defiling my sanctuary20:3 Ex 15:17 and profaning my holy name.20:3 Lv 18:21; 19:12; 22:2,32; Jr 34:16; Ezk 36:20; 39:7; Am 2:7
4But if the people of the country look the other way when that man20:4 Lit country ever close their eyes from that man when he gives any of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death,
6“Whoever turns to mediums20:6 Or spirits of the dead20:6 Lv 19:31; 20:27; Dt 18:11; 1Sm 28:3,7–9; 2Kg 21:6; 23:24; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 33:6; Is 8:19; 19:3; 29:4 or spiritists20:6 Or familiar spirits and prostitutes himself with them, I will turn against that person and cut him off from his people.
7Consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
8Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sets you apart.
Family and Sexual Offenses
10“If a man commits adultery20:10 Ex 20:14; Dt 5:18; 22:22; 31:16; Pr 6:32; Mal 3:5; Mt 5:27–28,32; 19:9,18 with a married woman — if he commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife — both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
11If a man sleeps with his father’s wife, he has violated the intimacy that belongs to his father.20:11 Lit has uncovered his father’s nakedness20:11 Lv 18:8; Dt 22:30; 27:20; 1Co 5:1 Both of them must be put to death; their death is their own fault.20:11 Lit their blood on them, also in vv. 12,13,16,27
12If a man sleeps with his daughter-in-law,20:12 Gn 38:16; Lv 18:15; Ezk 22:11 both of them must be put to death. They have acted perversely; their death is their own fault.
13If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman,20:13 Gn 19:5 they have both committed a detestable act.20:13 Gn 46:34 They must be put to death; their death is their own fault.
14If a man marries20:14 Lit takes, also in vv. 17,21 a woman and her mother,20:14 Lv 18:17 it is depraved. Both he and they must be burned,20:14 Gn 38:24; Lv 18:22; 21:9; Jdg 14:15; Rv 17:16 so that there will be no depravity among you.
15If a man has sexual intercourse with20:15 Lit man gives his emission to an animal, he must be put to death; you are also to kill the animal.
16If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you are to kill the woman and the animal.20:15–16 Ex 22:19 They must be put to death; their death is their own fault.
17If a man marries his sister,20:17 Lv 18:13 whether his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, and they have sexual relations,20:17 Lit and he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness20:17 Lv 18:9 it is a disgrace.20:17 Lv 19:29 They are to be cut off publicly from their people. He has had sexual intercourse with his sister; he will bear his iniquity.
18If a man sleeps with a menstruating woman and has sexual intercourse with her, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has uncovered the source of her blood.20:18 Lv 18:19 Both of them are to be cut off from their people.
19You must not have sexual intercourse with your mother’s sister or your father’s sister,20:19 Ex 6:20; Lv 18:12–13 for it is exposing one’s own blood relative; both people will bear their iniquity.
20If a man sleeps with his aunt, he has violated the intimacy that belongs to his uncle;20:20 Lit has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness20:20 Lv 18:14 they will bear their guilt and die childless.
Holiness in the Land
22“You are to keep all my statutes and all my ordinances, and do them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live will not vomit you out.20:22 Lv 18:25
23You must not follow the statutes of the nations I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and I abhorred them.20:23 Ex 23:24; Lv 18:3
24And I promised you: You will inherit their land, since I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.20:24 Ex 3:8; 13:5; Nm 14:8; 16:13–14 I am the Lord your God who set you apart from the peoples.
25Therefore you are to distinguish the clean animal from the unclean one, and the unclean bird from the clean one. Do not become contaminated20:25 Dt 7:26 by any land animal, bird, or whatever crawls on the ground; I have set these apart as unclean for you.20:25 Lv 11:1–47
27“A man or a woman who is20:27 Lit is in them a medium or a spiritist must be put to death. They are to be stoned; their death is their own fault.”
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