Chapter 19: Moral and Ceremonial Laws
1 And Yah spoke to Moshe saying: 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Ysrayl and say to them: You shall be qodesh for I Yah your Almighty am qodesh. 3 Everyone of you shall revere his mother and his father and keep My Shabbats: I am Yah your Power. 4 Do not turn to idols nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am Yah your Power. 5 And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace offering to Yah, you shall offer it of your own free will. 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it and on the next day. And if any remains until the third day, it shall be burned in the fire. 7 And if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination. It shall not be accepted. 8 Therefore, everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity because he has profaned the hallowed offering of Yah and that person shall be cut off from his people. 9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 And you shall not glean your vineyard nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I am Yah your Almighty. 11 You shall not steal nor deal falsely nor lie to one another. 12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely nor shall you profane the name of your Almighty: I am Yah. 13 You shall not cheat your neighbor nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind but shall fear your Almighty: I am Yah. 15 You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people. Nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor. I am Yah. 17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of your people but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Yah.
19 You shall keep My statutes. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you. 20 Whoever lies carnally with a woman who is betrothed to a man as a concubine and who has not at all been redeemed nor give her freedom, for this there shall be scourging but they shall not be put to death because she was not free. 21 And he shall bring his trespass offering to Yah, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a trespass offering. 22 The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before Yah for his sin which he has committed. And the sin which he has committed shall be forgiven him. 23 When you come into the land and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. 24 But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be qodesh, a praise to Yah. 25 And in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, that it may yield to you its increase: I am Yah your Almighty. 26 You shall not eat anything with the blood nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not shave around the sides of your head nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor tattoo any marks on you. I am Yah. 29 Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry and the land become full of wickedness. 30 You shall keep My Shabbats and reverence My sanctuary: I am Yah. 31 Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits. Do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am Yah your Power. 32 You shall rise before the gray-headed and honor the presence of an old man and fear your Almighty: I am Yah. 33 And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you and you shall love him as yourself. For you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am Yah your Power. 35 You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight or volume. 36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin: I am Yah your Almighty who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37 Therefore, you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments and perform them: I am Yah”.
Chapter 20: Penalties for Disobeying Yah’s Laws
1 Then Yah spoke to Moshe saying: 2 “Again you shall say to the children of Ysrayl: Whoever of the children of Ysrayl or of the strangers who dwell in Ysrayl who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I will set My face against that man and will cut him off from his people because he has given some of his descendants to Molech to defile My sanctuary and profane My qodesh name. 4 And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech and they do not kill him. 5 Then I will set My face against that man and against his family and I will cut him off from his people and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech. 6 And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people. 7 Consecrate yourselves therefore and be qodesh, for I am Yah your Almighty. 8 And you shall keep My statutes and perform them. I am Yah who sanctifies you. 9 For everyone who curses his father or mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. 10 The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness. Both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them. 13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. their blood shall be upon them.
14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. 15 If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them. 17 If a man takes his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter and sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a wicked thing. And they shall be cut off in the sight of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness. He shall bear his guilt. 18 If a man lies with a woman during her sickness and uncovers her nakedness, he has exposed her flow and she has uncovered the flow of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from their people. 19 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister nor of your father’s sister, for that would uncover his near of kin. They shall bear their guilt. 20 If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness. They shall bear their sin. They shall be childless. 21 If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They shall be childless. 22 You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. 23 And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you. For they commit all these things and therefore I abhor them. 24 But I have said to you, you shall inherit their land and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am Yah your Power who has separated you from the peoples. 25 You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground which I have separated from you as unclean. 26 You shall be qodesh to Me, for I, Yah am qodesh and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. 27 A man or a woman who is a medium or who has familiar spirits shall surely be put to death. They shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them”.