GOD'S WORD® Translation
1The LORD spoke to Moses,
2"Tell the whole congregation of Israel: Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy. 3"Respect your mother and father. Observe my days of worship. I am the LORD your God. 4"Don't turn to worthless gods or cast metal idols. Never make any gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
5"When you bring a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it [properly] so that you will be accepted. 6Eat your sacrifice on the day you bring it and on the next day. On the third day burn whatever is left over. 7If you eat any of it on the third day, it is repulsive and will not be accepted. 8Those who eat it will be punished because they have dishonored what is holy to the LORD. They must be excluded from the people.
9"When you harvest the grain in your land, don't harvest the grain in the corners of your fields or gather what is left after you're finished. 10Don't harvest your vineyard a second time or pick up fallen grapes. Leave them for poor people and foreigners. I am the LORD your God.
13"Never oppress or rob your neighbor. Never keep the pay you owe a hired worker overnight. 14Never curse deaf people or put anything in the way of blind people to make them stumble. Instead, fear your God. I am the LORD.
15"Don't be corrupt when administering justice. Never give special favors to poor people, and never show preference to important people. Judge your neighbor fairly. 16Never gossip. Never endanger your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.
17"Never hate another Israelite. Be sure to correct your neighbor so that you will not be guilty of sinning along with him. 18Never get revenge. Never hold a grudge against any of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the LORD.
19"Obey my laws. Never crossbreed different kinds of animals. Never plant two kinds of crops in your field. Never wear clothes made from two kinds of material.
20"If a man has sexual intercourse with a female slave who is engaged to another man and if her freedom was never bought or given to her, they should not be put to death. He will only pay a fine because she is a slave. 21He must bring a ram for his guilt offering to the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 22In the LORD's presence the priest will use them to make peace with the LORD for this sin. The man will be forgiven for this sin.
23"When you come into the land and plant all kinds of fruit trees, you must not eat the fruit for [the first] three years. 24In the fourth year all the fruit will be a holy offering of praise to the LORD. 25In the fifth year you may eat the fruit. Do this to make the trees produce more for you. I am the LORD your God.
26"Never eat any meat with blood still in it. "Never cast evil spells, and never consult fortunetellers. 27"Never shave the hair on your foreheads, and never cut the edges of your beard. 28Never slash your body to mourn the dead, and never get a tattoo. I am the LORD.
29"Never dishonor your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the country will turn to prostitution and be filled with people who are perverted. 30"Observe my days of worship and respect my holy tent. I am the LORD.
31"Don't turn to psychics or mediums to get help. That will make you unclean. I am the LORD your God.
32"Show respect to the elderly, and honor older people. In this way you show respect for your God. I am the LORD.
33"Never mistreat a foreigner living in your land. 34Foreigners living among you will be like your own people. Love them as you love yourself, because you were foreigners living in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
35"Don't be corrupt when administering justice concerning length, weight, or measuring liquid. 36Use honest scales, honest weights, and honest measures. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt. 37"Obey all my laws and all my rules, and live by them. I am the LORD."