12:1 These are the statutes and judgments,
which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy
fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the
12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the
places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods,
upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green
12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars,
and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall
hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of
them out of that place.
12:4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your
12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your
God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even
unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt
offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings
of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the
firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD
your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye
and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things
that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own
12:9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest
and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.
12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell
in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he
giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in
12:11 Then there shall be a place which the
LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither
shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your
sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all
your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants,
and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates;
forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.
12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer
not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
12:14 But in the place which the LORD shall
choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt
offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and
eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after,
according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given
thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck,
and as of the hart.
12:16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye
shall pour it upon the earth as water.
12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates
the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the
firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which
thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine
12:18 But thou must eat them before the LORD
thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and
thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant,
and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before
the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
12:19 Take heed to thyself that thou
forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.
12:20 When the LORD thy God shall enlarge
thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat
flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh,
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God
hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou
shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given
thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
12:22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is
eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of
12:23 Only be sure that thou eat not the
blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life
with the flesh.
12:24 Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt
pour it upon the earth as water.
12:25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go
well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do
that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
12:26 Only thy holy things which thou hast,
and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:
12:27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt
offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy
God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the
altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
12:28 Observe and hear all these words
which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy
children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and
right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
12:29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off
the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and
thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not
snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before
thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did
these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the
LORD, which he hateth, have they
done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they
have burnt in the fire to their gods.
12:32 What thing soever I command you,
observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or
a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to
pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods,
which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words
of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God
proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul.
13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God,
and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye
shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of
dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away
from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of
the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt
thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother,
or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend,
which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go
and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy
13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people
which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from
the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor
hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou
spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine
hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the
hand of all the people.
13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones,
that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house
13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear,
and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.
13:12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy
cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,
13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial,
are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of
their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not
13:14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make
search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing
certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;
13:15 Thou shalt surely smite the
inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it
utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the
edge of the sword.
13:16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil
of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire
the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God:
and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.
13:17 And there shall cleave nought of the
cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness
of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and
multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;
13:18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice
of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee
this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.
14:1 Ye are the children of the LORD your
God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your
eyes for the dead.
14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD
thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto
himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
14:3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable
14:4 These are the beasts which ye shall
eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
14:5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the
fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and
14:6 And every beast that parteth the hoof,
and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the
beasts, that ye shall eat.
14:7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of
them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the
camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide
not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.
14:8 And the swine, because it divideth the
hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not
eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.
14:9 These ye shall eat of all that are in
the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat:
14:10 And whatsoever hath not fins and
scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.
14:11 Of all clean birds ye shall eat.
14:12 But these are they of which ye shall
not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
14:13 And the glede, and the kite, and the
vulture after his kind,
14:14 And every raven after his kind,
14:15 And the owl, and the night hawk, and
the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,
14:16 The little owl, and the great owl,
and the swan,
14:17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle,
and the cormorant,
14:18 And the stork, and the heron after
her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
14:19 And every creeping thing that flieth
is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.
14:20 But of all clean fowls ye may eat.
14:21 Ye shall not eat of anything that
dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy
gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for
thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a
kid in his mother's milk.
14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the
increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there,
the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the
firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to
fear the LORD thy God always.
14:24 And if the way be too long for thee,
so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from
thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when
the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money,
and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which
the LORD thy God shall choose:
14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for
wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and
thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice,
thou, and thine household,
14:27 And the Levite that is within thy
gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance
14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt
bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt
lay it up within thy gates:
14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no
part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless,
and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat
and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work
of thine hand which thou doest.
15:1 At the end of every seven years thou
shalt make a release.
15:2 And this is the manner of the release:
Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it;
he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it
is called the LORD's release.
15:3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it
again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall
15:4 Save when there shall be no poor among
you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:
15:5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto
the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments
which I command thee this day.
15:6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as
he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou
shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they
shall not reign over thee.
15:7 If there be among you a poor man of
one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD
thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine
hand from thy poor brother:
15:8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide
unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that
which he wanteth.
15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in
thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at
hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest
him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto
15:10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine
heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for
this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in
all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of
the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand
wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
15:12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or
an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in
the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
15:13 And when thou sendest him out free
from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:
15:14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out
of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that
wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.
15:15 And thou shalt remember that thou
wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed
thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
15:16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee,
I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house,
because he is well with thee;
15:17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and
thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant
for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.
15:18 It shall not seem hard unto thee,
when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a
double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.
15:19 All the firstling males that come of
thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God:
thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the
firstling of thy sheep.
15:20 Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy
God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and
15:21 And if there be any blemish therein,
as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not
sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.
15:22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates:
the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck,
and as the hart.
15:23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood
thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.
16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep
the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
16:2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the
passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the
place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.
16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with
it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the
bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in
haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of
the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
16:4 And there shall be no leavened bread
seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any
thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even,
remain all night until the morning.
16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover
within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:
16:6 But at the place which the LORD thy
God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the
passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that
thou camest forth out of Egypt.
16:7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the
place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the
morning, and go unto thy tents.
16:8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened
bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.
16:9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto
thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest
to put the sickle to the corn.
16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of
weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of
thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as
the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD
thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and
thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the
stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in
the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
16:12 And thou shalt remember that thou
wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.
16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of
tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and
16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast,
thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy
maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the
widow, that are within thy gates.
16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn
feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose:
because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and
in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy
males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall
choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks,
and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD
16:17 Every man shall give as he is able,
according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given
16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make
thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout
thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou
shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind
the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
16:20 That which is altogether just shalt
thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD
thy God giveth thee.
16:21 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of
any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt
16:22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any
image; which the LORD thy God hateth.
17:1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD
thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any
evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
17:2 If there be found among you, within
any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman,
that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in
transgressing his covenant,
17:3 And hath gone and served other gods,
and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of
heaven, which I have not commanded;
17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast
heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the
thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man
or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates,
even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till
17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or
three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but
at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
17:7 The hands of the witnesses shall be
first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the
people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
17:8 If there arise a matter too hard for
thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and
between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy
gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the
LORD thy God shall choose;
17:9 And thou shalt come unto the priests
the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and
enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:
17:10 And thou shalt do according to the
sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall
shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they
17:11 According to the sentence of the law
which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they
shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the
sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the
17:12 And the man that will do
presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to
minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that
man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.
17:13 And all the people shall hear, and
fear, and do no more presumptuously.
17:14 When thou art come unto the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt
dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all
the nations that are about me;
17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king
over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy
brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger
over thee, which is not thy brother.
17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to
himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he
should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye
shall henceforth return no more that way.
17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to
himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly
multiply to himself silver and gold.
17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon
the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law
in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
17:19 And it shall be with him, and he
shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear
the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these
statutes, to do them:
17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above
his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the
right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in
his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
18:1 The priests the Levites, and all the
tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they
shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance.
18:2 Therefore shall they have no
inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he
hath said unto them.
18:3 And this shall be the priest's due
from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or
sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two
cheeks, and the maw.
18:4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of
thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep,
shalt thou give him.
18:5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him
out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD,
him and his sons for ever.
18:6 And if a Levite come from any of thy
gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the
desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;
18:7 Then he shall minister in the name of
the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand
there before the LORD.
18:8 They shall have like portions to eat,
beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
18:9 When thou art come into the land which
the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the
abominations of those nations.
18:10 There shall not be found among you
any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,
or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or
18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with
familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
18:12 For all that do these things are an
abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt
possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as
for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto
thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me;
unto him ye shall hearken;
18:16 According to all that thou desiredst
of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let
me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see
this great fire any more, that I die not.
18:17 And the LORD said unto me, They have
well spoken that which they have spoken.
18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from
among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
18:19 And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my
name, I will require it of him.
18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume
to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak,
or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall
18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How
shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name
of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the
thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it
presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
19:1 When the LORD thy God hath cut off the
nations, whose land the LORD thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest
them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses;
19:2 Thou shalt separate three cities for
thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to
19:3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and
divide the coasts of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to
inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.
19:4 And this is the case of the slayer,
which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his
neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
19:5 As when a man goeth into the wood with
his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe
to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and
lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of
those cities, and live:
19:6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue
the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way
is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as
he hated him not in time past.
19:7 Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou
shalt separate three cities for thee.
19:8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy
coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land
which he promised to give unto thy fathers;
19:9 If thou shalt keep all these
commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD
thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three
cities more for thee, beside these three:
19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in
thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and
so blood be upon thee.
19:11 But if any man hate his neighbour,
and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him
mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:
19:12 Then the elders of his city shall
send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the
avenger of blood, that he may die.
19:13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but
thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it
may go well with thee.
19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's
landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which
thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to
19:15 One witness shall not rise up against
a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at
the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall
the matter be established.
19:16 If a false witness rise up against
any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
19:17 Then both the men, between whom the
controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and
the judges, which shall be in those days;
19:18 And the judges shall make diligent
inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath
testified falsely against his brother;
19:19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had
thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away
from among you.
19:20 And those which remain shall hear,
and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
19:21 And thine eye shall not pity; but
life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,
foot for foot.
20:1 When thou goest out to battle against
thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than
thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which
brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
20:2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh
unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the
20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O
Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not
your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye
terrified because of them;
20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth
with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
20:5 And the officers shall speak unto the
people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and
hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die
in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
20:6 And what man is he that hath planted a
vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return
unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.
20:7 And what man is there that hath
betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto
his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
20:8 And the officers shall speak further
unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful
and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his
brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.
20:9 And it shall be, when the officers
have made an end of speaking unto the people that they shall make
captains of the armies to lead the people.
20:10 When thou comest nigh unto a city to
fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.
20:11 And it shall be, if it make thee
answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the
people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they
shall serve thee.
20:12 And if it will make no peace with
thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:
20:13 And when the LORD thy God hath
delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof
with the edge of the sword:
20:14 But the women, and the little ones,
and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil
thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of
thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
20:15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the
cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities
of these nations.
20:16 But of the cities of these people,
which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt
save alive nothing that breatheth:
20:17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them;
namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the
Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath
20:18 That they teach you not to do after
all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so
should ye sin against the LORD your God.
20:19 When thou shalt besiege a city a long
time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the
trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of
them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is
man's life) to employ them in the siege:
20:20 Only the trees which thou knowest
that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down;
and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with
thee, until it be subdued.
21:1 If one be found slain in the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field,
and it be not known who hath slain him:
21:2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall
come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round
about him that is slain:
21:3 And it shall be, that the city which
is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an
heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in
21:4 And the elders of that city shall
bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor
sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:
21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall
come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him,
and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every
controversy and every stroke be tried:
21:6 And all the elders of that city, that
are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer
that is beheaded in the valley:
21:7 And they shall answer and say, Our
hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people
Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy
people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of
innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right
in the sight of the LORD.
21:10 When thou goest forth to war against
thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine
hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
21:11 And seest among the captives a
beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have
her to thy wife;
21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to
thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her
captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail
her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go
in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
21:14 And it shall be, if thou have no
delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou
shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise
of her, because thou hast humbled her.
21:15 If a man have two wives, one beloved,
and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved
and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
21:16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his
sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of
the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the
21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of
the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all
that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of
the firstborn is his.
21:18 If a man have a stubborn and
rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the
voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not
hearken unto them:
21:19 Then shall his father and his mother
lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and
unto the gate of his place;
21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of
his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey
our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21:21 And all the men of his city shall
stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from
among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
21:22 And if a man have committed a sin
worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a
21:23 His body shall not remain all night
upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he
that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled,
which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
22:1 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or
his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any
case bring them again unto thy brother.
22:2 And if thy brother be not nigh unto
thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own
house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and
thou shalt restore it to him again.
22:3 In like manner shalt thou do with his
ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of
thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do
likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
22:4 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass
or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt
surely help him to lift them up again.
22:5 The woman shall not wear that which
pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment:
for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before
thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young
ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs,
thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
22:7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam
go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and
that thou mayest prolong thy days.
22:8 When thou buildest a new house, then
thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood
upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.
22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with
divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the
fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
22:10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an
22:11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of
divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
22:12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the
four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.
22:13 If any man take a wife, and go in
unto her, and hate her,
22:14 And give occasions of speech against
her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman,
and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:
22:15 Then shall the father of the damsel,
and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's
virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
22:16 And the damsel's father shall say
unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he
22:17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of
speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet
these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread
the cloth before the elders of the city.
22:18 And the elders of that city shall
take that man and chastise him;
22:19 And they shall amerce him in an
hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the
damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of
Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his
22:20 But if this thing be true, and the
tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
22:21 Then they shall bring out the damsel
to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone
her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in
Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put
evil away from among you.
22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman
married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man
that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil
22:23 If a damsel that is a virgin be
betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie
22:24 Then ye shall bring them both out
unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that
they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and
the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt
put away evil from among you.
22:25 But if a man find a betrothed damsel
in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man
only that lay with her shall die.
22:26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do
nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a
man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this
22:27 For he found her in the field, and
the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.
22:28 If a man find a damsel that is a
virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her,
and they be found;
22:29 Then the man that lay with her shall
give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall
be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all
22:30 A man shall not take his father's
wife, nor discover his father's skirt.
23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or
hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation
of the LORD.
23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the
congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not
enter into the congregation of the LORD.
23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter
into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation
shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:
23:4 Because they met you not with bread
and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and
because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of
Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would
not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a
blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor
their prosperity all thy days for ever.
23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for
he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast
a stranger in his land.
23:8 The children that are begotten of them
shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third
23:9 When the host goeth forth against
thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.
23:10 If there be among you any man, that
is not clean by reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then
shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp:
23:11 But it shall be, when evening cometh
on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he
shall come into the camp again.
23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without
the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:
23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy
weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou
shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh
23:14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the
midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies
before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean
thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
23:15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his
master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:
23:16 He shall dwell with thee, even among
you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it
liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.
23:17 There shall be no whore of the
daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a
whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for
any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy
brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is
lent upon usury:
23:20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon
usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD
thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the
land whither thou goest to possess it.
23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD
thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will
surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
23:22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it
shall be no sin in thee.
23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips
thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as
thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with
23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour's
vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure;
but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.
23:25 When thou comest into the standing
corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine
hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing
24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and
married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes,
because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her
a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of
24:2 And when she is departed out of his
house, she may go and be another man's wife.
24:3 And if the latter husband hate her,
and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and
sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took
her to be his wife;
24:4 Her former husband, which sent her
away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is
defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not
cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an
24:5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he
shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any
business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up
his wife which he hath taken.
24:6 No man shall take the nether or the
upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge.
24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his
brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or
selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away
from among you.
24:8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy,
that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests
the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe
24:9 Remember what the LORD thy God did
unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.
24:10 When thou dost lend thy brother any
thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
24:11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man
to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
24:12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt
not sleep with his pledge:
24:13 In any case thou shalt deliver him
the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own
raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee
before the LORD thy God.
24:14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired
servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of
thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:
24:15 At his day thou shalt give him his
hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and
setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and
it be sin unto thee.
24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death
for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the
fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
24:17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment
of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to
24:18 But thou shalt remember that thou
wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence:
therefore I command thee to do this thing.
24:19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest
in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go
again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless,
and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the
work of thine hands.
24:20 When thou beatest thine olive tree,
thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger,
for the fatherless, and for the widow.
24:21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy
vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the
stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
24:22 And thou shalt remember that thou
wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do