LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

1 The Lord told Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites:

              ‘An Israelite or foreigner who lives

              In Israel who sacrifices his

Child Sacrifice to Molek

Own children unto Molek shall be killed.

              Members of the community shall stone

              Him. 3 I myself will set my face against

Him and will separate him from his people;

              For when he sacrificed his children

              To Molek, he defiled my sanctuary

And he profaned my holy name, 4 and if

              People in the community shall close

              Their eyes when that man sacrifices his

Own child to Molek and if they do not

              Put him to death, 5 I will myself set my

              Own face against him and his family

And will cut them off from their people with

              All those who follow him in prostituting

              Themselves to Molek. 6 I will set my face

Against a man who turns to mediums

              And spiritists to prostitute themselves

              By following them, and I will cut them

Off from their people. 7 Consecrate yourselves;

              Be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

              8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am

The Lord, who makes you holy. 9 Anyone

              Who curses his own parents–father or

              Mother–you are to execute. Because

They’ve cursed their father or their mother, their

              Blood will be on their own head. 10 If a man

              Sleeps with somebody else’s wife—sleeps with

His neighbor’s wife—then you shall put to death      

              Th’adulterer and the adulteress.

                        11 And if a man has sexual relations

With his own father’s wife, he has disgraced

              His father. Both the man and woman shall

              Be put to death; their blood will be on their

Own heads; 12 and if a man has sex with his

              Daughter-in-law, you are to kill them both.

              What they have done is a perversion, and

Their blood will be on their own heads; 13 and if

              A man has sexual relations with

              A man as one does with a woman, both

Of them have done what is detestable.

              You shall put them to death; their blood will be

              On their own heads. 14 If a man marries both

A woman and her mother, it is wicked.

              You must burn them all in the fire, so that

              No wickedness will be among you. 15 If

A man has sexual relations with

              An animal, you are to execute

              Him, and you have to kill the animal;

16 And if a woman nears an animal

              For sex with it, kill both the woman and

              The animal. They shall be put to death;

Their blood will be on their own heads; 17 and if

              A man shall marry his own sister, daughter

              Of either his own father or his mother,

And they have sex, it’s a disgrace. You shall

              Publicly take them from their people. He’s

              Disgraced his sister and is responsible.

18 Now if a man has coitus with a woman

              During her monthly period, he has

              Exposed the source of her flow, and she has

Uncovered it, too. You shall cut them both

              Off from their people. 19 Don’t have sexual

              Relations with the sister of your mother

Or father, for that would disgrace close kin;

              And you both would be held responsible;

              20 And if a man has sex with his own aunt,

He has disgraced his uncle, and they will

              Be held responsible; they will die childless.

              21 If a man weds his brother’s wife, that is

Impure; he has disgraced his brother. They’ll

              Be childless. 22 Keep all my decrees and laws

              And follow them, so that the land where I

Am bringing you to live won’t barf you out.

              23 You must not live by customs of the nations

              That I’ll drive out before you. As they did

All these things, I abhorred them; 24 but I said

              To you, “You will possess their land; I will

              Give it to you as an inheritance,

A land that flows with milk and honey.” I’m

              The Lord your God, who has set you apart

              From nations, 25 so you must discriminate

Between the clean and unclean animals

              And clean and unclean birds. Do not defile

              Yourselves by any animal or bird

Or anything that moves along the ground—

              Those that I’ve stated are unclean for you.

              26 You must be holy to me because I,

The Lord, am holy; I’ve set you apart

              From nations as my own. 27 A man or woman

              Who is a medium or spiritist

Among you must be killed. You are to stone

              Them; their blood will be on their heads alone.’”

LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

1 The Lord told Moses, “Say to Aaron’s sons,

              The priests, ‘A priest must not make himself unclean

              Ceremonially for any of

His people who may die, 2 except for some

              Close relative, such as his mother or

              Father, his son or daughter, or his brother,

3 Or an unmarried sister who depends

              On him because she has no husband—for

              Her he may make himself unclean. 4 He must

Not make himself unclean for people who

              His kin by marriage, and defile himself.

              5 Priests must not shave their heads or shave off their

Beards’ edges nor are they to cut their bodies.

              6 They must be holy to their God and they

              Must not profane the name of their own God.

As they present food offerings to God,

              The food of their own God, they must be holy.

              7 They must not marry women who have been

Defiled by prostitution or divorced

              From their own husbands, for the priests are holy

              To God.  8 Treat them as holy, for they offer

Up your God’s food. Consider them as holy,

              For I the Lord am holy—I who make

              You holy, 9 and if a priest’s daughter should

Defile herself through whoredom, she disgraces

              Her father; you must burn her in the fire.

              10 The high priest, one among his brothers who

Has had anointing oil poured on his head

               And who has been ordained to wear the clothes

              For priests, is not to let his hair become

Unkempt or tear his clothes. 11 He must not go

              Inside a place where a dead body lies.

              He must not make himself unclean, not even

For his own father or his mother, 12 nor

              Leave from the sanctuary of his God

              Or desecrate it, for th’anointing oil

Of God has made him dedicated. I’m

              The Lord. 13 The woman whom he marries has

              To be a virgin. 14 He is not to marry a widow,

A woman who’s divorced, or one defiled

              By prostitution, but shall marry only

              A virgin from his people, 15 so that he

Will not defile his progeny among

              His people. I’m the Lord, who makes him holy.’”

              16 The Lord told Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For

The coming generations none of your

              Descendants with a defect may come near

              To offer his God’s food. 18 No man who has

A defect may come near: no man who’s blind

              Or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man

              Who has a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who’s

A hunchback or a dwarf, or who has an eye

              Defect, or who has sores that run or fester

              Or who has damaged testicles, 21 for no

Descendant of Priest Aaron who has any

              Defect shall come close to present the food

              Offerings to the Lord. He has a defect;

He is not to come near to offer food

              Of his own God; 22 although he may consume

              The holiest food of his God, as well

As holy food; 23 and yet due to his defect,

              He is not to go near the curtain or

              Approach the altar, and so desecrate

My sanctuary. I’m the Lord, who makes

              Them holy.’” 24 Moses therefore told this right

              To Aaron, his sons, and the Israelites.