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Unlawful Sexual Relations

1Yahweh said to Moses,
  2“Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: I am Yahweh your God.
  3Do not do as they do in the land of Egypt where you lived, and you do not do as they do in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you, nor are you to walk in their statutes.
  4You are to do my ordinances, and you are to keep my statutes and walk in them; I am Yahweh your God.
  5You must therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances, which if a man does, he will live by them; I am Yahweh.
 

6“None of you is to approach anyone who are his close relatives to uncover their nakedness; I am Yahweh.
  7You are not to uncover the nakedness of your father, nor the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother. You must not uncover her nakedness.
  8You are not to uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.
  9You are not to uncover the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or born abroad.
  10You are not to uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness; for theirs is your own nakedness.
  11You are not to uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, conceived by your father, since she is your sister.
  12You are not to uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s near kinswoman.
  13You are not to uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister; for she is your mother’s near kinswoman.
  14You are not to uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother, you are not to approach his wife; she is your aunt.
  15You are not to uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife. You are not to uncover her nakedness.
  16You are not to uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness.
  17You are not to uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter. You are not to take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; they are near kinswomen. It is wickedness.
  18You are not to take a wife to her sister, to be a rival, to uncover her nakedness while her sister is yet alive.
 

19“You are not to approach a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is impure by her uncleanness.
  20You are not to lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.
 

21“You are not to give any of your children to sacrifice to Molech, nor are you to profane the name of your God: I am Yahweh.
  22You are not to lie with a man as with a woman. That is detestable.
  23You are not to lie with any animal to defile yourself with it, nor is any woman to give herself to an animal to lie down with it; it is a perversion.
 

24“Do not defile yourselves in any of these things, for in all these the nations that I am casting out before you were defiled,
  25and the land has become defiled; therefore I have visited its iniquity upon it, and the land vomited out her inhabitants.
  26You therefore are to keep my statutes and my ordinances and must not do any of these abominations; neither the native-born, nor the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you
  27(for all these abominations have the men of the land done that were before you, and the land became defiled),
  28that the land not vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
  29For whoever will do any of these abominations, the souls that do them, must be cut off from among their people.
  30Therefore you must keep my requirements, that you do not practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and that you do not defile yourselves with them; I am Yahweh your God.”
 


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