Leviticus 18
International Standard Version

Sexual Relations with Relatives Prohibited

1The LORD told Moses, 2“Tell the Israelis that I am the LORD your God. 3You are not to do what you used to do in the land of Egypt where you lived. You are not to do what Canaan does, where I’m about to bring you, so that you live according to their statutes. 4Obeya my ordinances and keep my statutes by living by them. I am the LORD your God. 5Keep my statutes and my ordinances, which a personb is to obey in order to live in them. I am the LORD.

6“A person is not to approach a near blood relative for sexual relations.c I am the LORD.

7“Neither your father’s nakedness nor your mother’s nakedness is to be exposed. She’s your mother, so you are not to have sexual relations with her.

8“You are not to have sexual relations with your father’s wife. It’s your own father’s nakedness.

9“You are not to have sexual relations with your sister, whether she’s your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she’s born in your home or outside your home. You are not to have sexual relations with her.

10“You are not to have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter. You are not to have sexual relations with them, because their nakedness is your own nakedness.

11“You are not to have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife. Born of your father, she’s your sister, so you are not to have sexual relations with her.

12“You are not to have sexual relations with your father’s sister. She’s your father’s near blood relative.

13“You are not to have sexual relations with your mother’s sister. She’s your mother’s near blood relative.

14“You are not to expose the nakedness of your father’s brother by having sexual relations with his wife. She’s your aunt.

15“You are not to expose the nakedness of your daughter-in-law. She’s the wife of your son. You are not to have sexual relations with her.

16“You are not to have sexual relations with your brother’s wife. She’s the nakedness of your brother.

17“You are not to have sexual relations with a woman and her daughter.

“You are not to have sexual relations with her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter. They’re near blood relatives. It’s wickedness.

18“You are not to marry a woman and then have sexual relations with her sister as a rival when your wifed is still alive.

19“You are not to approach a menstruating woman to have sexual relations with her.e

20“You are not to have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and thereby become ceremonially unclean with her.”

Child Sacrifice Prohibited

21“You are not to present any of your children to Molech as a sacrifice.f That way, you won’t defile the name of your God.”

Same Sex Unions Prohibited

“I am the LORD. 22You are not to have sexual relationsg with a male as you would with a woman. It’s detestable.”

Sexual Relations with Animals Prohibited

23“You are not to present yourself to an animal in order to have sexual relations with it and by doing so to defile yourself. A woman is not to present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it. It’s detestable.

24“You are not to defile yourselves by doing any of these things, since all of these nations that I’m casting out before you have defiled themselves this way. 25The land has been defiled, so I brought the punishment of its iniquity to it. As a result, the land is vomiting out its inhabitants.

26“Therefore, keep my statutes and ordinances. You are not to do any of these detestable things—this applies to the native born and the resident alien who lives among you— 27because the inhabitantsh of the land did all of these detestable things and by doing so defiled the land before you. 28So you are not to let the land vomit you up because of your uncleanness as it is vomiting the nations that were here before you. 29Anyone who does any of these detestable things—whoever the personi may be—is to be eliminated from contact with his people.j 30Therefore, keep my injunctions so that you won’t practice these detestable things that have been done before you, and so that you won’t be defiled in them. I am the LORD.”


Footnotes:
a 18:4 Lit. do
b 18:5 Lit. man
c 18:6 Lit. relative to expose nakedness, and so throughout the chapter
d 18:18 Lit. when she
e 18:19 The Heb. lacks to have sexual relations with her
f 18:21 Lit. to Molech to pass through; i.e. to incinerate an infant as a fire sacrifice
g 18:22 Lit. to lie down, and so throughout the chapter
h 18:27 Lit. men
i 18:29 Lit. souls
j 18:29 The Heb. lacks from contact with his people



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