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Leviticus 20New Life Version (NLV)

Punishment for Those Who Do Not Obey the Law

20 The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘Any man of Israel or of the strangers living in Israel, who gives any of his children to the false god Molech, must be put to death. The people of the land will kill him with stones. I Myself will go against that man and he will not be numbered among God’s people, because he has given some of his children to Molech, making My holy place sinful and bringing shame on My holy name. If the people of the land close their eyes when a man gives any of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I Myself will go against that man and his family. They will not be numbered among God’s people, and all who follow him to sell themselves to Molech.

‘I will go against the person who turns to those who speak with bad spirits and talk to the dead. In doing this, he sells himself to them. He will not be numbered among God’s people. So you should set yourselves apart and be holy. For I am the Lord your God. Keep My Laws and live by them. I am the Lord Who sets you apart.

‘If there is anyone who curses his father or mother, he will for sure be put to death. Because he has cursed his father or mother, his blood will be on his own head.

10 ‘If a man does sex sins with another man’s wife, even his friend’s wife, both the sinful man and woman must be put to death. 11 If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has put his father to shame. Both of the guilty ones must be put to death. They will suffer for their own sin. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death. They have done a bad sex sin. They will suffer for their own sin. 13 If a man lies with a male as if he were a woman, both of them have done a very sinful act. They must be put to death. They will suffer for their own sin. 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is sin. Both he and they will be burned with fire, so this kind of sin will not be among you. 15 If a man lies with an animal, he must be put to death. Kill the animal also. 16 If a woman goes near any animal to have sex with it, you must kill the woman and the animal. They must be put to death. They will suffer for their own sin.

17 ‘If a man takes his sister, his father’s or mother’s daughter, and he sees her without clothes on and she sees him, it is a shame. They will be punished in front of their people. He has taken off his sister’s clothes. He will suffer for his own sin. 18 If a man lies with a woman who has a flow of blood, and takes her clothes off, he has made her flow to show. And she has shown the flow of her blood. So both of them will not be numbered among God’s people. 19 Do not take the clothes off your mother’s sister or father’s sister. For that is putting to shame one of your own family. They will suffer for their own sin. 20 If a man lies with the wife of his father’s or mother’s brother, he has put to shame his father’s or mother’s brother. They will suffer for their own sin. They will die without children. 21 If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is sin. He has put his brother to shame. They will have no children.

22 ‘Keep all My Laws and do what I tell you, so the land where I am bringing you to live will not spit you out. 23 Do not follow the ways of the nation which I am driving out before you. For they did all these things, and so I hated them. 24 But I have said to you, “Their land will belong to you. I Myself will give it to you for your own, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, Who has set you apart from all other peoples. 25 You are to know the difference between the clean animal and the animal that is unclean, and between the clean bird and the bird that is unclean. Do not make yourselves a sinful people with animal or bird or anything that moves on the ground, which I have set apart from you as being unclean. 26 Be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy. I have divided you from the nations, so you belong to Me.

27 ‘A man or woman who speaks with bad spirits or who talks to the dead must be put to death. They will be killed with stones. They will suffer for their own sin.’”

New Life Version (NLV)

Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International

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