The law of holiness
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, 2 ďSpeak to the sons of Israel and say to them: I am Yahweh, your God.
3 You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you used to live, nor shall you do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not follow their practices. 4 My practices instead you will follow, and you will carry out my ordinances; I am Yahweh your God. 5 Keep my practices and ordinances, for whoever keeps them finds life; I am Yahweh.
6 None of you shall have sexual intercourse with a blood relative; I am Yahweh.
7 Do not have intercourse with your father or your mother; she is your mother, donít have intercourse with her.
8 Do not have intercourse with your fatherís wife: Respect your father.
9 Do not have intercourse with your sister or your stepsister, whether born in the same house or elsewhere. 10 Do not have intercourse with your granddaughter; that would dishonor you.
11 Do not have intercourse with a half sister; she, too, is your sister. 12 Do not have intercourse with an aunt, whether she is your fatherís sister 13 or your motherís sister.
14 Do not have intercourse with your uncleís wife; she, too, is your aunt.
15 Do not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law 16 or with your broth erís wife.
17 Do not have intercourse with both a woman and her daughter or her grand daughter; they are blood relatives; that is wickedness.
18 While your wife is living, do not take her sister as a wife so that you make her jealous.
19 Do not have intercourse with a woman during her monthly period.
20 Do not have intercourse with your neighborís wife and defile yourself with her.
21 Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech and do not profane the name of your God; I am Yahweh.
22 Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination.
23 Also do not have sexual relations with an animal; that is infamous.
24 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways for this is how the nations I am driving out before you, became defiled. 25 As the land was defiled I came to punish it, and it has vomited out its inhabitants.
26 You shall keep my practices and ordinances, and you shall not do any of these abo minations, neither the native nor the alien living among you. 27 Recall the people who did all these things before you in these lands and became defiled. 28 If you defile the land it will vomit you out as it did the nations before you. 29 The one who does any of these abominations shall be cut off from his people.
30 Keep my laws and do not follow any of these abominable customs which were practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves by them; I am Yahweh, your God.Ē