Exodus 23
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Justice and Mercy

1“You shall not accept a lying voice. Neither shall you join your hand so as to give false testimony on behalf on the impious. 2You shall not follow the crowd in doing evil. Neither shall you go astray in judgment, by agreeing with the majority opinion, apart from the truth. 3Likewise, you shall not show pity in judgment of the poor.

4If you come across an ox or a donkey of your enemy, which has gone astray, lead it back to him. 5If you see the donkey of one who hates you, fallen under its burden, you shall not pass by without lifting it up with him.

6You shall not deviate in judgment of the poor. 7You shall flee from lies. The innocent and the just you shall not kill. For I shun the impious.

8Neither shall you accept bribes, which blind even the prudent and subvert the words of the just.

9You shall not harass a sojourner, for you know the life of a newcomer. For you yourselves also were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Sabbath Laws
(Leviticus 25:1–7; Deuteronomy 15:1–6)

10For six years, you shall sow your land and gather its produce. 11But in the seventh year, you shall release it and cause it to rest, so that the poor of your people may eat. And whatever remains, let the beasts of the field eat it. So shall you do with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12For six days, you shall work. On the seventh day, you shall cease, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the newcomer and the son of your handmaid may be refreshed. 13Preserve all that I have said to you. And by the names of foreign gods you shall not swear; neither shall these be heard from your mouth.

The Three Feasts of Pilgrimage
(Leviticus 23:1–3)

14Three times in each year, you shall celebrate feasts to me. 15You shall keep the solemnity of unleavened bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, just as I instructed you, at the time of the month of new grain, when you departed from Egypt. You shall not appear empty-handed in my sight, 16for it is the solemnity of the harvest of the first-fruits of your work, of whatever you have sown in the field. Likewise, it is a solemnity at the end of the season, when you will have gathered in all your crops from the field. 17Three times a year, all your males shall appear before the Lord your God.

18You shall not immolate the blood of my victim over leaven, nor shall the fat of my solemnity remain until morning.

19You shall carry the first grain of the land to the house of the Lord your God. You shall not cook a young goat in the milk of its mother.

God’s Angel to Lead
(Deuteronomy 7:12–26)

20Behold, I will send my Angel, who will go before you, and preserve you on your journey, and lead you into the place that I have prepared. 21Heed him, and hear his voice, and do not hold him in disregard. For he will not release you when you have sinned, and my name is in him. 22But if you listen to his voice and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will afflict those who afflict you. 23And my Angel will go before you, and he will bring you to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, whom I will crush. 24You shall not adore their gods, nor worship them. You shall not do their works, but you shall destroy them and break apart their statues. 25And you shall serve the Lord your God, so that I may bless your bread and your waters, and so that I may take away sickness from your midst. 26There will not be fruitless or barren ones in your land. I will fill up the number of your days. 27I will send my terror to run ahead of you, and I will kill all the people to whom you will enter. And I will turn the backs of all your enemies before you, 28sending wasps ahead, so that they will put to flight the Hivite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, before you enter. 29I will not cast them out from your face in one year, lest the land be reduced to a wilderness and the wild beasts increase against you. 30I will expel them little by little from your sight, until you have expanded and may possess the land. 31Then I will set your limits to be from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Palestinians, and from the desert all the way to the river. I will deliver into your hands the inhabitants of the land, and I will cast them out from your sight. 32You shall not enter into a pact with them, nor with their gods. 33They may not live on your land, lest perhaps they may cause you to sin against me, if you serve their gods, which certainly would be a temptation for you.”

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