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Leviticus 19 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:1 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:2 - “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:3 - “ ‘Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:4 - “ ‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:5 - “ ‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:6 - It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:7 - If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:8 - Whoever eats it will be held responsible because they have desecrated what is holy to the LORD; they must be cut off from their people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:9 - “ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:10 - Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:11 - “ ‘Do not steal. “ ‘Do not lie. “ ‘Do not deceive one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:12 - “ ‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:13 - “ ‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. “ ‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:14 - “ ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:15 - “ ‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:16 - “ ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “ ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:17 - “ ‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:18 - “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:19 - “ ‘Keep my decrees. “ ‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “ ‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “ ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:20 - “ ‘If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment.[fn] Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:21 - The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:22 - With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:23 - “ ‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[fn] For three years you are to consider it forbidden[fn]; it must not be eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:24 - In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:25 - But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:26 - “ ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. “ ‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:27 - “ ‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:28 - “ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:29 - “ ‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:30 - “ ‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:31 - “ ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:32 - “ ‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:33 - “ ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:34 - The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:35 - “ ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:36 - Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah[fn] and an honest hin.[fn] I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:37 - “ ‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the LORD.’ ”
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Hebrew uncircumcised
Hebrew uncircumcised
An ephah was a dry measure having the capacity of about 3/5 of a bushel or about 22 liters.
A hin was a liquid measure having the capacity of about 1 gallon or about 3.8 liters.

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