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. Chapter 18.

Forbidden sexual practices.

1 THE LORD SPOKE T0 MOSES and said, 2 Speak to the Israelites in these words: I am the LORD your God. 3 You shall not do as they do in Egypt where you once dwelt, nor shall you do as they do in the land of Canaan to which I am bringing you; you shall not conform to their institutions. 4 You must keep my laws and conform to my institutions without fail: I am the LORD your God. 5 You shall observe my institutions and my laws: the man who keeps them shall have life through them. I am the LORD.

6 No man shall approach a blood-relation for intercourse. I am the LORD. 7 You shall not bring shame on your father by intercourse with your mother: she is your mother; you shall not bring shame upon her. 8 You shall not have intercourse with your father's wife: that is to bring shame upon your father. 9 You shall not have intercourse with your sister, your father's daughter, or your mother's daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home; you shall not bring shame upon them. 10 You shall not have intercourse with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter: that is to bring shame upon yourself. 11 You shall not have intercourse with a daughter of your father's wife, begotten by your father: she is your sister, and you shall not bring shame upon her. 12 You shall not have intercourse with your father's sister: she is a blood-relation of your father. 13 You shall not have intercourse with your mother's sister: she is a blood-relation of your mother. 14 You shall not bring shame upon your father's' brother by approaching his wife: she is your aunt. 15 You shall not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law: she is your son's wife; you shall not bring shame upon her. 16 You shall not have intercourse with your brother's wife: that is to bring shame upon him. 17 You shall not have intercourse with both a woman and her daughter, nor shall you take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter to have intercourse with them: they are her blood-relations, and such conduct is lewdness. 18 You shall not take a woman who is your wife's sister to make her a rival-wife, and to have intercourse with her during her sister's lifetime.

19 You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her during her period of menstruation. 20 You shall not have sexual intercourse with the wife of your fellow-countryman and so make yourself unclean with her. 21 You shall not surrender any of your children to Molech and thus profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. 22 You shall not lie with a man as with a woman: that is an abomination. 23 You shall not have sexual intercourse with any beast to make yourself unclean with it, nor shall a woman submit herself to intercourse with a beast: that is a violation of nature. 24 You shall not make yourselves unclean in any of these ways; for in these ways the heathen, whom I am driving out before you, made themselves unclean. 25 This is how the land became unclean, and I punished it for its iniquity so that it spewed out its inhabitants. 26 You, unlike them, shall keep my laws and my rules: none of you, whether natives or aliens settled among you, shall do any of these abominable things. 27 The people who were there before you did these abominable things and the land became unclean. 28 So the land will not spew you out for making it unclean as it spewed them out; 29 for anyone who does any of these abominable things shall be cut off from his people. 30 Observe my charge, therefore, and follow none of the abominable institutions customary before your time; do not make yourselves unclean with them. I am the LORD your God.

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