Exodus 23
King James 2000

Ethical Instructions

1You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

2You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you testify in a dispute to follow after a crowd to pervert judgment:

3Neither shall you be partial to a poor man in his cause.

4If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

5If you see the donkey of him who hates you lying under its burden, and would refrain to help him, you shall surely help with him.

6You shall not pervert the justice of your poor in his dispute.

7Keep far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay you not: for I will not justify the wicked.

8And you shall take no bribe: for the bribe blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.

9Also you shall not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Sabbath Laws

10And six years you shall sow your land, and shall gather in the fruits of it:

11But the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie still; that the poor of your people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner you shall deal with your vineyard, and with your oliveyard.

12Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest: that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

13And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of your mouth.

Three Yearly Feasts

14Three times you shall keep a feast unto me in the year.

15You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread: (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it you came out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

16And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of your labors, which you have sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labors out of the field.

17Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

18You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.

19The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk.

God's Angel Will Lead

20Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.

21Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

22But if you shall indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto your enemies, and an adversary unto your adversaries.

23For my Angel shall go before you, and bring you in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.

24You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but you shall utterly overthrow them, and completely break down their images.

25And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

26There shall nothing miscarry, nor be barren, in your land: the number of your days I will fulfill.

27I will send my fear before you, and will destroy all the people to whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs unto you.

28And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before you.

29I will not drive them out from before you in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beasts of the field multiply against you.

30Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you be increased, and inherit the land.

31And I will set your bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and you shall drive them out before you.

32You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

33They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me: for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto you.

Exodus 22
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