Leviticus

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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 20

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Moreover, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. [3]I also will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. [4]And if the people at the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and put him not to death; [5]then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that play the harlot after him, to play the harlot with Molech, from among their people.

[6]And the soul that turneth unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto the wizards, to play the harlot after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. [7]Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am Jehovah your God. [8]And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am Jehovah who sanctifieth you. [9]For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

[10]And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. [11]And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. [12]And if a man lie with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. [13]And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. [14] And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you. [15]And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. [16]And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

[17]And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a shameful thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. [18]And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath made naked her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. [19] And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister; for he hath made naked his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. [20]And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. [21]And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is impurity: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

[22]Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all mine ordinances, and do them; that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, vomit you not out. [23]And ye shall not walk in the customs of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they did all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. [24]But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey: I am Jehovah your God, who hath separated you from the peoples. [25]Ye shall therefore make a distinction between the clean beast and the unclean, and between the unclean fowl and the clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by bird, or by anything wherewith the ground teemeth, which I have separated from you as unclean. [26]And ye shall be holy unto me: for I, Jehovah, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that ye should be mine. [27]A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones; their blood shall be upon them.

Chapter 21

[1]And Jehovah said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none defile himself for the dead among his people; [2]except for his kin, that is near unto him, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother, [3]and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, that hath had no husband; for her may he defile himself. [4]He shall not defile himself, [being] a chief man among his people, to profane himself. [5]They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. [6]They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God; for the offerings of Jehovah made by fire, the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy. [7]They shall not take a woman that is a harlot, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God. [8]Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I Jehovah, who sanctify you, am holy. [9]And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

[10]And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not let the hair of his head go loose, nor rend his clothes; [11]neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; [12]neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am Jehovah. [13]And he shall take a wife in her virginity. [14]A widow, or one divorced, or a profane woman, a harlot, these shall he not take: but a virgin of his own people shall he take to wife. [15]And he shall not profane his seed among his people: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth him.

[16]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [17]Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. [18]For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or anything superfluous, [19]or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed, [20]or crook-backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or is scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; [21]no man of the seed of Aaron the priest, that hath a blemish, shall come nigh to offer the offerings of Jehovah made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. [22]He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy: [23]only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them. [24]So Moses spake unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.

Chapter 22

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, which they hallow unto me, and that they profane not my holy name: I am Jehovah. [3]Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed throughout your generations, that approacheth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto Jehovah, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from before me: I am Jehovah. [4]What man soever of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or hath an issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean. And whoso toucheth anything that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him; [5]or whosoever toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean, or a man of whom he may take uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath; [6]the soul that toucheth any such shall be unclean until the even, and shall not eat of the holy things, unless he bathe his flesh in water. [7]And when the sun is down, he shall be clean; and afterward he shall eat of the holy things, because it is his bread. [8]That which dieth of itself, or is torn of beasts, he shall not eat, to defile himself therewith: I am Jehovah. [9]They shall therefore keep my charge, lest they bear sin for it, and die therein, if they profane it: I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them.

[10]There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest's, or a hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing. [11]But if a priest buy any soul, the purchase of his money, he shall eat of it; and such as are born in his house, they shall eat of his bread. [12]And if a priest's daughter be married unto a stranger, she shall not eat of the heave-offering of the holy things. [13]But if a priest's daughter be a widow, or divorced, and have no child, and be returned unto her father's house, as in her youth, she shall eat of her father's bread: but there shall no stranger eat thereof. [14]And if a man eat of the holy thing unwittingly, then he shall put the fifth part thereof unto it, and shall give unto the priest the holy thing. [15]And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto Jehovah, [16]and [so] cause them to bear the iniquity that bringeth guilt, when they eat their holy things: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them.

[17]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [18]Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whosoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the sojourners in Israel, that offereth his oblation, whether it be any of their vows, or any of their freewill-offerings, which they offer unto Jehovah for a burnt-offering; [19]that ye may be accepted, [ye shall offer] a male without blemish, of the bullocks, of the sheep, or of the goats. [20]But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you. [21] And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace-offerings unto Jehovah to accomplish a vow, or for a freewill-offering, of the herd or of the flock, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. [22]Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto Jehovah, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto Jehovah. [23]Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill-offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted. [24]That which hath its stones bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut, ye shall not offer unto Jehovah; neither shall ye do [thus] in your land. [25] Neither from the hand of a foreigner shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption is in them, there is a blemish in them: they shall not be accepted for you.

[26]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [27]When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for the oblation of an offering made by fire unto Jehovah. [28]And whether it be cow or ewe, ye shall not kill it and its young both in one day. [29]And when ye sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto Jehovah, ye shall sacrifice it that ye may be accepted. [30]On the same day it shall be eaten; ye shall leave none of it until the morning: I am Jehovah. [31]Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am Jehovah. [32]And ye shall not profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am Jehovah who halloweth you, [33]who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Jehovah.

Chapter 23

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts. [3]Six days shall work be done: but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of work: it is a sabbath unto Jehovah in all your dwellings.

[4]These are the set feasts of Jehovah, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed season. [5]In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, is Jehovah's passover. [6]And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto Jehovah: seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. [7]In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work. [8]But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah seven days: in the seventh day is a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.

[9]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [10]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring the sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest: [11]and he shall wave the sheaf before Jehovah, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. [12]And in the day when ye wave the sheaf, ye shall offer a he-lamb without blemish a year old for a burnt-offering unto Jehovah. [13] And the meal-offering thereof shall be two tenth parts [of an ephah] of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto Jehovah for a sweet savor; and the drink-offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. [14]And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched grain, nor fresh ears, until this selfsame day, until ye have brought the oblation of your God: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

[15]And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave-offering; seven sabbaths shall there be complete: [16] even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meal-offering unto Jehovah. [17]Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves of two tenth parts [of an ephah]: they shall be of fine flour, they shall be baken with leaven, for first-fruits unto Jehovah. [18]And ye shall present with the bread seven lambs without blemish a year old, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be a burnt-offering unto Jehovah, with their meal-offering, and their drink-offerings, even an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Jehovah. [19]And ye shall offer one he-goat for a sin-offering, and two he-lambs a year old for a sacrifice of peace-offerings. [20]And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first-fruits for a wave-offering before Jehovah, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to Jehovah for the priest. [21]And ye shall make proclamation on the selfsame day; there shall be a holy convocation unto you; ye shall do no servile work: it is a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. [22]And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them for the poor, and for the sojourner: I am Jehovah your God.

[23]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [24]Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. [25]Ye shall do no servile work; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah. [26]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [27]Howbeit on the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah. [28]And ye shall do no manner of work in that same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before Jehovah your God. [29]For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day; he shall be cut off from his people. [30]And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any manner of work in that same day, that soul will I destroy from among his people. [31]Ye shall do no manner of work: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. [32]It shall be unto you a sabbath of solemn rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye keep your sabbath.

[33]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [34]Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto Jehovah. [35]On the first day shall be a holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work. [36]Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah: on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah: it is a solemn assembly; ye shall do no servile work. [37]These are the set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah, a burnt-offering, and a meal-offering, a sacrifice, and drink-offerings, each on its own day; [38] besides the sabbaths of Jehovah, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill-offerings, which ye give unto Jehovah.

[39]Howbeit on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruits of the land, ye shall keep the feast of Jehovah seven days: on the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. [40]And ye shall take you on the first day the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before Jehovah your God seven days. [41]And ye shall keep it a feast unto Jehovah seven days in the year: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations; ye shall keep it in the seventh month. [42]Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel shall dwell in booths; [43]that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your God. [44]And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the set feasts of Jehovah.

Chapter 24

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. [3]Without the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, shall Aaron keep it in order from evening to morning before Jehovah continually: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations. [4]He shall keep in order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before Jehovah continually.

[5]And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth parts [of an ephah] shall be in one cake. [6]And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before Jehovah. [7]And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be to the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto Jehovah. [8] Every sabbath day he shall set it in order before Jehovah continually; it is on the behalf of the children of Israel, an everlasting covenant. [9]And it shall be for Aaron and his sons; and they shall eat it in a holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of Jehovah made by fire by a perpetual statute.

[10]And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel; and the son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp: [11]and the son of the Israelitish woman blasphemed the Name, and cursed; and they brought him unto Moses. And his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. [12]And they put him in ward, that it might be declared unto them at the mouth of Jehovah.

[13]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [14]Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. [15]And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. [16]And he that blasphemeth the name of Jehovah, he shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the sojourner, as the home-born, when he blasphemeth the name [of Jehovah], shall be put to death. [17]And he that smiteth any man mortally shall surely be put to death. [18]And he that smiteth a beast mortally shall make it good, life for life. [19]And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbor; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him: [20]breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be rendered unto him. [21]And he that killeth a beast shall make it good: and he that killeth a man shall be put to death. [22]Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the sojourner, as for the home-born: for I am Jehovah your God. [23]And Moses spake to the children of Israel; and they brought forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stoned him with stones. And the children of Israel did as Jehovah commanded Moses.

Chapter 25

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, [2]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto Jehovah. [3]Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruits thereof; [4]but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto Jehovah: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. [5] That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou shalt not gather: it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. [6]And the sabbath of the land shall be for food for you; for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for thy stranger, who sojourn with thee. [7]And for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.

[8]And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and there shall be unto thee the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years. [9]Then shalt thou send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land. [10]And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. [11]A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather [the grapes] in it of the undressed vines. [12]For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.

[13]In this year of jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. [14]And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbor, or buy of thy neighbor's hand, ye shall not wrong one another. [15]According to the number of years after the jubilee thou shalt buy of thy neighbor, [and] according unto the number of years of the crops he shall sell unto thee. [16] According to the multitude of the years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of the years thou shalt diminish the price of it; for the number of the crops doth he sell unto thee. [17]And ye shall not wrong one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am Jehovah your God.

[18]Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep mine ordinances and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. [19]And the land shall yield its fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. [20]And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase; [21]then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for the three years. [22]And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat of the fruits, the old store; until the ninth year, until its fruits come in, ye shall eat the old store.

[23]And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine: for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. [24]And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land. [25]If thy brother be waxed poor, and sell some of his possession, then shall his kinsman that is next unto him come, and shall redeem that which his brother hath sold. [26]And if a man have no one to redeem it, and he be waxed rich and find sufficient to redeem it; [27]then let him reckon the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; and he shall return unto his possession. [28]But if he be not able to get it back for himself, then that which he hath sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubilee: and in the jubilee it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.

[29]And if a man sell a dwelling-house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; for a full year shall he have the right of redemption. [30]And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be made sure in perpetuity to him that bought it, throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubilee. [31]But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be reckoned with the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubilee. [32]Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time. [33]And if one of the Levites redeem, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the jubilee; for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel. [34]But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.

[35]And if thy brother be waxed poor, and his hand fail with thee; then thou shalt uphold him: [as] a stranger and a sojourner shall he live with thee. [36]Take thou no interest of him or increase, but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. [37]Thou shalt not give him thy money upon interest, nor give him thy victuals for increase. [38]I am Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, [and] to be your God.

[39]And if thy brother be waxed poor with thee, and sell himself unto thee; thou shalt not make him to serve as a bond-servant. [40]As a hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee; he shall serve with thee unto the year of jubilee: [41]then shall he go out from thee, he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return. [42]For they are my servants, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. [43]Thou shalt not rule over him with rigor, but shalt fear thy God. [44]And as for thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, whom thou shalt have; of the nations that are round about you, of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. [45]Moreover of the children of the strangers that sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they have begotten in your land: and they shall be your possession. [46]And ye shall make them an inheritance for your children after you, to hold for a possession; of them shall ye take your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel ye shall not rule, one over another, with rigor.

[47]And if a stranger or sojourner with thee be waxed rich, and thy brother be waxed poor beside him, and sell himself unto the stranger [or] sojourner with thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family; [48]after that he is sold he may be redeemed: one of his brethren may redeem him; [49]or his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be waxed rich, he may redeem himself. [50]And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he sold himself to him unto the year of jubilee: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years; according to the time of a hired servant shall he be with him. [51]If there be yet many years, according unto them he shall give back the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for. [52]And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubilee, then he shall reckon with him; according unto his years shall he give back the price of his redemption. [53]As a servant hired year by year shall he be with him: he shall not rule with rigor over him in thy sight. [54]And if he be not redeemed by these [means], then he shall go out in the year of jubilee, he, and his children with him. [55]For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your God.

Chapter 26

[1]Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a graven image, or a pillar, neither shall ye place any figured stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am Jehovah your God. [2]Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am Jehovah.

[3]If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; [4]then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. [5]And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. [6]And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. [7]And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. [8]And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. [9]And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and will establish my covenant with you. [10]And ye shall eat old store long kept, and ye shall bring forth the old because of the new. [11]And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. [12]And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. [13]I am Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright.

[14]But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; [15]and if ye shall reject my statutes, and if your soul abhor mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant; [16] I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the soul to pine away; and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. [17]And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be smitten before your enemies: they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. [18]And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins. [19]And I will break the pride of your power: and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass; [20]and your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

[21]And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me, I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. [22]And I will send the beast of the field among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your ways shall become desolate.

[23]And if by these things ye will not be reformed unto me, but will walk contrary unto me; [24] then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins. [25]And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities: and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. [26]When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

[27]And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; [28]then I will walk contrary unto you in wrath; and I also will chastise you seven times for your sins. [29]And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat. [30]And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-images, and cast your dead bodies upon the bodies of your idols; and my soul shall abhor you. [31]And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors. [32]And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it. [33]And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you: and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.

[34]Then shall the land enjoy its sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye are in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy its sabbaths. [35]As long as it lieth desolate it shall have rest, even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. [36]And as for them that are left of you, I will send a faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies: and the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one fleeth from the sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth. [37]And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before the sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies. [38]And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. [39] And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

[40]And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their trespass which they trespassed against me, and also that, because they walked contrary unto me, [41]I also walked contrary unto them, and brought them into the land of their enemies: if then their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity; [42]then will I remember my covenant with Jacob; and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. [43]The land also shall be left by them, and shall enjoy its sabbaths, while it lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred my statutes. [44]And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them; for I am Jehovah their God; [45]but I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am Jehovah. [46]These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which Jehovah made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by Moses.

Chapter 27

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall accomplish a vow, the persons shall be for Jehovah by thy estimation. [3]And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. [4]And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels. [5]And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels. [6]And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. [7]And if it be from sixty years old and upward; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels. [8]But if he be poorer than thy estimation, then he shall be set before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to the ability of him that vowed shall the priest value him.

[9]And if it be a beast, whereof men offer an oblation unto Jehovah, all that any man giveth of such unto Jehovah shall be holy. [10]He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then both it and that for which it is changed shall be holy. [11]And if it be any unclean beast, of which they do not offer an oblation unto Jehovah, then he shall set the beast before the priest; [12]and the priest shall value it, whether it be good or bad: as thou the priest valuest it, so shall it be. [13]But if he will indeed redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part thereof unto thy estimation.

[14]And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto Jehovah, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand. [15]And if he that sanctified it will redeem his house, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be his.

[16]And if a man shall sanctify unto Jehovah part of the field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the sowing thereof: the sowing of a homer of barley [shall be valued] at fifty shekels of silver. [17]If he sanctify his field from the year of jubilee, according to thy estimation it shall stand. [18]But if he sanctify his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain unto the year of jubilee; and an abatement shall be made from thy estimation. [19]And if he that sanctified the field will indeed redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be assured to him. [20]And if he will not redeem the field, or if he have sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed any more: [21]but the field, when it goeth out in the jubilee, shall be holy unto Jehovah, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest's. [22]And if he sanctify unto Jehovah a field which he hath bought, which is not of the field of his possession; [23] then the priest shall reckon unto him the worth of thy estimation unto the year of jubilee: and he shall give thine estimation in that day, as a holy thing unto Jehovah. [24]In the year of jubilee the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land belongeth. [25]And all thy estimations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel.

[26]Only the firstling among beasts, which is made a firstling to Jehovah, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox or sheep, it is Jehovah's. [27]And if it be of an unclean beast, then he shall ransom it according to thine estimation, and shall add unto it the fifth part thereof: or if it be not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to thy estimation. [28]Notwithstanding, no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto Jehovah of all that he hath, whether of man or beast, or of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto Jehovah. [29] No one devoted, that shall be devoted from among men, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

[30]And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is Jehovah's: it is holy unto Jehovah. [31]And if a man will redeem aught of his tithe, he shall add unto it the fifth part thereof. [32]And all the tithe of the herd or the flock, whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto Jehovah. [33]He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and that for which it is changed shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. [34]These are the commandments, which Jehovah commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.