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Leviticus

Forbidden sexual practices.  Lv.18.1-30

1THE LORD SPOKE T0 MOSES and said, 2Speak to the Israelites in these words: I am the LORD your God. 3You 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. 4You must keep my laws and conform to my institutions without fail: I am the LORD your God. 5You shall observe my institutions and my laws: the man who keeps them shall have life through them. I am the LORD.

6No man shall approach a blood-relation for intercourse. I am the LORD. 7You shall not bring shame on your father by intercourse with your mother: she is your mother; you shall not bring shame upon her. 8You shall not have intercourse with your father's wife: that is to bring shame upon your father. 9You 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. 10You shall not have intercourse with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter: that is to bring shame upon yourself. 11You 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. 12You shall not have intercourse with your father's sister: she is a blood-relation of your father. 13You shall not have intercourse with your mother's sister: she is a blood-relation of your mother. 14You shall not bring shame upon your father's' brother by approaching his wife: she is your aunt. 15You shall not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law: she is your son's wife; you shall not bring shame upon her. 16You shall not have intercourse with your brother's wife: that is to bring shame upon him. 17You 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. 18You 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.

19You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her during her period of menstruation. 20You shall not have sexual intercourse with the wife of your fellow-countryman and so make yourself unclean with her. 21You shall not surrender any of your children to Molech and thus profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. 22You shall not lie with a man as with a woman: that is an abomination. 23You 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. 24You 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. 25This is how the land became unclean, and I punished it for its iniquity so that it spewed out its inhabitants. 26You, 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. 27The people who were there before you did these abominable things and the land became unclean. 28So the land will not spew you out for making it unclean as it spewed them out; 29for anyone who does any of these abominable things shall be cut off from his people. 30Observe 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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