1 The LordI spokeII to Moses,III saying, 2 “Say further to the Israelites:IV
“AnyV of the Israelites or of the aliensVI who resideVII in Israel who giveVIII any of their offspringIX
to MolechX shall be put to death;XI the peopleXII of the landXIII shall stone them to death.XIV
3 I myself will setXV my faceXVI against themXVII
and will cut them offXVIII fromXIX the people, because they have given of their offspring to Molech, defilingXX my sanctuaryXXI
and profaningXXII my holyXXIII name.XXIV
4 And if the people of the land should ever closeXXV their eyesXXVI to them,XXVII when they give of their offspring to Molech, and do notXXVIII put them to death,
5 I myself will setXXIX my face against themXXX and against their familyXXXI and will cut them off from amongXXXII their people, them and allXXXIII who follow them in prostitutingXXXIV themselves toXXXV Molech.
6 “If anyXXXVI turnXXXVII to mediumsXXXVIII
or spiritualists,XXXIX prostituting themselves to them, I will setXL my face against themXLI and will cut them off from the people.
7 ConsecrateXLII yourselves, therefore, and beXLIII holy,XLIV for I am the LordXLV your God.XLVI
8 KeepXLVII my statutesXLVIII and observeXLIX them: I am the Lord;L I sanctifyLI you.
9 AllLII who curseLIII fatherLIV or motherLV shall be put to death;LVI having cursed father or mother, their bloodguiltLVII is upon them.
10 “If a manLVIII commits adulteryLIX with the wifeLX of his neighbor,LXI, LXII
both the adultererLXIII and the adulteressLXIV shall be put to death.LXV 11 The man who liesLXVI with his father’s wife has uncoveredLXVII his father’s nakedness;LXVIII
bothLXIX of them shall be put to death;LXX their bloodguilt is upon them. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law,LXXI both of them shall be put to death;LXXII they have committedLXXIII perversion;LXXIV their bloodguilt is upon them.
13 If a man lies with a maleLXXV as withLXXVI a woman,LXXVII
both of them have committedLXXVIII an abomination;LXXIX they shall be put to death;LXXX their bloodguilt is upon them.
14 If a man takesLXXXI a wife and her mother also, it is depravity;LXXXII they shall be burned to death,LXXXIII both he and they, that there may be no depravity amongLXXXIV you.
15 If a man has sexual relationsLXXXV with an animal,LXXXVI he shall be put to death,LXXXVII and you shall killLXXXVIII the animal.
16 If a woman approachesLXXXIX anyXC animal and has sexual relationsXCI with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall be put to death;XCII their bloodguilt is upon them.
17 “If a man takes his sister,XCIII a daughterXCIV of his father or a daughter of his mother, and seesXCV her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace,XCVI and they shall be cut off in the sightXCVII of their people; he has uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall be subjectXCVIII to punishment.XCIX
18 If a man lies with a woman during her periodC and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bareCI her flow,CII and she has laid bareCIII her flow of blood;CIV both of them shall be cut off from their people.
19 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to lay bareCV one’s own flesh;CVI they shall be subject to punishment. 20 If a man lies with his uncle’s wife,CVII he has uncovered his uncle’sCVIII nakedness;
they shall be subject to punishment;CIX they shall dieCX childless.CXI 21 If a man takes his brother’sCXII wife, it is impurity;CXIII he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.
22 “You shall keep allCXIV my statutes and allCXV my ordinancesCXVI and observe them, so that the land to which I bringCXVII you to settleCXVIII in may not vomit you out.CXIX
23 You shall not followCXX the practicesCXXI of the nationCXXII
that I am driving outCXXIII beforeCXXIV you. Because they didCXXV allCXXVI these things, I abhorredCXXVII them.
24 But I have said to you, ‘You shall inheritCXXVIII their land,CXXIX and I will give it to you to possess,CXXX a land flowingCXXXI
with milkCXXXII and honey.CXXXIII I am the LordCXXXIV your God; I have separatedCXXXV you from the peoples.’
25 You shall therefore make a distinctionCXXXVI betweenCXXXVII the cleanCXXXVIII animal and the uncleanCXXXIX and between the unclean birdCXL and the clean;
you shall not bring abominationCXLI on yourselvesCXLII by animal or by bird or by anythingCXLIII with which the groundCXLIV teems,CXLV which I have set apartCXLVI for you to hold unclean.CXLVII
26 You shall be holyCXLVIII to me, for I the LordCXLIX am holy,CL and I have separated you from the other peoples to be mine.
27 “A man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritualist shall be put to death;CLI they shall be stoned to death; their bloodguilt is upon them.”
Image credit: “Susanna and the Elders” by Ivan Sakhnenko, 2006.