Leviticus 19
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Laws of Holiness

1The LORD spoke to Moses: 2Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holya because I, Yahweh your God, am holy.b

3Each of you is to respect his mother and father.c You are to keep My Sabbaths; I am Yahweh your God. 4Do not turn to idolsd or make cast imagese of gods for yourselves;f I am Yahweh your God.

5When you offer a fellowship sacrifice to the LORD, sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. 6It is to be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day, but what remains on the third day must be burned up.g 7If any is eaten on the third day, it is a repulsive thing; it will not be accepted.h 8Anyone who eats it will bear his punishment, for he has profaned what is holy to the LORD. That person must be cut off from his people.i

9When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleaningsj of your harvest. 10You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poork and the foreign resident;l I am Yahweh your God.

11You must not steal.m You must not act deceptivelyn or lieo to one another. 12You must not swear falsely by My name, profaning the name of your God;p I am Yahweh.

13You must not oppressq your neighbor or robr him. The wages due a hired hands must not remain with you until morning. 14You must not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,t but you are to fear your God;u I am Yahweh.v

15You must not act unjustlyw when deciding a case. Do not be partialx to the poor or give preference to the rich;y judge your neighbor fairly. 16You must not go about spreading slanderz among your people; you must not jeopardizeaa your neighbor’s life; I am Yahweh.

17You must not harbor hatred against your brother.ab, ac Rebuke your neighbor directly, and you will not incur guilt because of him.ad 18Do not take revengeae or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself;af I am Yahweh.

19You are to keep My statutes. You must not crossbreed two different kinds of your livestock, sow your fields with two kinds of seed, or put on a garment made of two kinds of material.ag

20If a man has sexual intercourse with a woman who is a slave designated for another man, but she has not been redeemedah or given her freedom, there must be punishment.ai They are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21However, he must bring a ram as his restitution offering to the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting.aj 22The priest will make atonement on his behalf before the LORD with the ram of the restitution offering for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven for the sin he committed.

23When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, you are to consider the fruit forbidden.ak It will be forbidden to you for three years; it is not to be eaten. 24In the fourth year all its fruit must be consecrated as a praise offeringal to the LORD. 25But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way its yield will increase for you;am I am Yahweh your God.

26You are not to eat anything with blood in it.an, ao You are not to practice divinationap or sorcery.aq 27You are not to cut off the hair at the sides of your head or mar the edge of your beard.ar 28You are not to make gashes on your bodies for the deadas or put tattoo marks on yourselves; I am Yahweh.

29Do not debaseat, au your daughter by making her a prostitute,av or the land will be prostituted and filled with depravity. 30You must keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary;aw I am Yahweh.

31Do not turn to mediumsax, ay or consult spiritists,az, ba or you will be defiled by them; I am Yahweh your God.

32You are to rise in the presence of the elderly and honor the old.bb Fear your God; I am Yahweh.

33When a foreigner lives with you in your land, you must not oppressbc him. 34You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself,bd for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt;be I am Yahweh your God.

35You must not be unfairbf in measurements of length, weight, or volume. 36You are to have honest balances,bg honest weights, an honest dry measure,bh and an honest liquid measure;bi, bj I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37You must keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them; I am Yahweh.”


Footnotes:
a. 19:2 Ex 19:5-6
b. 19:2 Lv 11:44; 21:8
c. 19:3 Ex 20:12; 21:15
d. 19:4 Lv 26:1
e. 19:4 Nm 33:52
f. 19:4 Ex 20:3,23; 32:31; Dt 4:15-16
g. 19:6 Lv 7:17
h. 19:7 Lv 1:4
i. 19:7-8 Lv 7:18,20
j. 19:9 Lv 23:22; Dt 24:19-22; Ru 2:2-7,15-19,23; Is 17:5
k. 19:10 Dt 15:11
l. 19:10 Ex 2:22; Dt 24:20-21; Is 17:5-6; 24:13
m. 19:11 Ex 20:15; 22:1; Rm 13:9; Eph 4:28
n. 19:11 Pr 30:9; Is 30:9; 59:13; Jr 5:12; Hs 4:2; 7:3; 9:2; 10:13; Nah 3:1; Hab 3:17; Zch 13:4
o. 19:11 Gn 21:23; Ex 20:16; 1Sm 15:29; Ps 44:18; 89:34; Is 63:8; Eph 4:25
p. 19:12 Ex 20:7; Lv 18:21; 20:3; Mal 3:5; Jms 5:12
q. 19:13 Dt 24:14
r. 19:13 Dt 28:29
s. 19:13 Ex 12:45; 22:14; Lv 22:10; 25:6,40,50,53; Is 7:20; Jr 46:21; Ezk 18:7; Mal 3:5; Jms 5:4
t. 19:14 Ex 4:11; Dt 27:18
u. 19:14 Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; Ac 10:2; Rv 14:7
v. 19:14 Ex 31:13
w. 19:15 Dt 25:16
x. 19:15 Ex 23:2-3; Dt 1:17; Jms 2:9
y. 19:15 Gn 24:35; Jb 34:19
z. 19:16 Ps 15:3; Jr 6:28; 9:4; Lk 6:22; 2Co 6:8; 12:20; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; Ti 3:2; 1Pt 2:1; 4:4; Rv 2:9
aa. 19:16 Lit not stand against
ab. 19:17 Or your fellow Israelite
ac. 19:17 2Th 3:15; 1Jn 2:9,11; 3:15; 4:20
ad. 19:17 Pr 9:8; 27:5; Ezk 3:18; Mt 18:15; Gl 6:1
ae. 19:18 Dt 32:35; Pr 20:22; Rm 12:17,19; Heb 10:30; Rv 19:2
af. 19:18 Pr 17:17; Mt 5:43; 22:39; Mk 12:31; Lk 10:27; Rm 13:9; Gl 5:14; Jms 2:8
ag. 19:19 Dt 22:9-11
ah. 19:20 Ex 6:6; 21:7-11; Lv 27:29; Dt 22:23-27
ai. 19:20 Or compensation
aj. 19:21 Ex 27:21
ak. 19:23 Lit uncircumcised
al. 19:24 Jdg 9:27
am. 19:25 Lv 25:18-22
an. 19:26 Or anything&dprbrk; over its blood
ao. 19:26 Gn 9:4; Lv 3:17; 17:10-12; 1Sm 14:32-35; Ezk 33:25
ap. 19:26 1Kg 20:33
aq. 19:26 Dt 18:10,14; Jdg 9:37; 2Kg 21:6; 2Ch 33:6; Is 2:6; 57:3; Jr 27:9
ar. 19:27 Lv 21:5; Dt 14:1; 2Sm 10:4-5; Jr 41:5; 48:37; Ezk 5:1-5; 44:20
as. 19:28 1Kg 18:28; Jr 16:6; 41:5; 47:5; 48:37
at. 19:29 Lit profane
au. 19:29 Lv 21:12
av. 19:29 Ex 34:31; Lv 21:9; Dt 23:17-18
aw. 19:30 Ex 15:17; Lv 20:3; 26:2; Nm 19:20
ax. 19:31 Or spirits of the dead
ay. 19:31 Lv 20:6
az. 19:31 Or familiar spirits
ba. 19:31 Dt 18:11; Ac 16:16
bb. 19:32 Jb 12:12; 32:4; Pr 23:22; Lm 5:12; 1Tm 5:1
bc. 19:33 Dt 23:16
bd. 19:34 Lv 19:18
be. 19:34 Ex 23:9; Lv 18:3; Dt 10:19; 23:7
bf. 19:35 Dt 25:16
bg. 19:36 Hs 12:8; Am 8:5; Mc 6:11
bh. 19:36 Lit honest ephah ; an ephah is a dry measure of grain equivalent to about 23 quarts.
bi. 19:36 Lit honest hin ; a hin is a liquid measure of about 1 gallon.
bj. 19:36 Dt 25:13-16; Pr 16:11; Ezk 45:10
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