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The Holiness code is a portion of the text of Leviticus considered as a distinct entity due to its highly repeated use of the term "holy". In the documentary hypothesis, it is considered part of the Priestly source, although as an originally separate text (known to scholars as "H"), embodied in the Priestly source by the Priestly source's writer.

It appears at Leviticus 17-26, excepting

  • the occasional introductory passages ("And God spoke unto to Moses, speak unto ...")
  • references to the tabernacle
  • references to anointing oil, and the head of the high priest
  • Leviticus 23:1-10a (reference to passover, and the sabbath)
  • Leviticus 23:23-44 (reference to the feasts of the seventh month)
  • Leviticus 24:1-15a (reference to an incident of blasphemy)
  • Leviticus 24:23 (reference to the stoning of a blasphemer)
  • Leviticus 25:9b (reference to the w:Yom Kippur)
  • Leviticus 25:23 and 25:26-34 (reference to land reverting to its original owner)
  • Leviticus 25:40, 25:42, 25:44-46, 25:48-52, and 25:54 (reference to only the heathen being allowed as slaves)
  • Leviticus 26:39-46 (reference to return from exile)

Outside the documentary hypothesis, the term "holiness code" is often used to refer to the whole of Leviticus 17-26. It is believed that the holiness code is a complition of laws collected from elsewhere. However, two portions of the holiness code, concerning sexual prohibitions, are believed to have been derived from a previous collection.

  • The holiness code is in black except
  • The list of sexual prohibitions, which is highlighted in navy blue (View in isolation)

The Holiness Code[edit]

1This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,

2What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat,

3And bringeth it not to offer an offering unto the LORD;

4Blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

5To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD,

6Unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.

7And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD,

8And burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

9And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring.

10Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,

11And bringeth it not to offer it unto the LORD;

12Even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

13And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood;

14I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

15For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls:

16For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

17Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

18And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you,

19Which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten;

20He shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

21For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:

22Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh:

23For the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

24I am the LORD your God. After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do:

25And after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

26Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

27Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

28None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

29The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover:

30She is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

31The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

32The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother,

33Whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

34The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover:

35For theirs is thine own nakedness.

36The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

37Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

38Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

39Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

40Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

41Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

42Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter,

43Neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness;

44For they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

45Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

46Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

47Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

48And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech,

49Neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

50Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

51Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith:

52Neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

53Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

54And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

55Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations;

56Neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

57(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

58That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

59For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

60Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you,

61And that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

62Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

63Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

64Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

65And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.

66It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.

67And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.

68Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD:

69And that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

70And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field,

71Neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.

72And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

73Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

74And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

75Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him:

76The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

77Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

78Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty:

79But in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

80Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:

81Neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.

82Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

83Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

84Ye shall keep my statutes.

85Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed:

86Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

87And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her;

88She shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.

89And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food,

90Then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.

91But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal.

92And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.

93Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.

94Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

95Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

96Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

97Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

98Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

99Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

100And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.

101But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself;

102For ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

103Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.

104Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have:

105I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.

106Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.

107Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech;

108He shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

109And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people;

110Because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

111And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

112Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off,

113And all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

114And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them,

115I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

116Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

117And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

118For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death:

119He hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

120And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife,

121The adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

122And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness:

123Both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

124And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death:

125They have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

126If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination:

127They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

128And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness:

129They shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

130And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

131And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast:

132They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

133And 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;

134It is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people:

135He hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

136And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness;

137He hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood:

138And both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

139And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister:

140For he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

141And 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.

142And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

143Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them:

144That the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

145And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you:

146For they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

147But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey:

148I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

149Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean:

150And ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

151And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

152A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death:

153They shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

154There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:

155But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother.

156And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

157But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

158They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

159They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God:

160For the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

161They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane;

162Neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

163Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God:

164He shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.

165And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

166Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

167Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God;

168And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

169A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take:

170But he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

171Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.

172Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

173For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach:

174A blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,

175Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,

176Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;

177Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish;

178That he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

179That they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel,

180And that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD.

181Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations,

182That goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him,

183That soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD.

184What man soever is a leper, or hath a running issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean.

185And whoso toucheth any thing that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him;

186Or whosoever toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean,

187Or a man of whom he may take uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath;

188The soul which hath touched any such shall be unclean until even, and shall not eat of the holy things, unless he wash his flesh with water.

189And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food.

190That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith; I am the LORD.

191They shall therefore keep mine ordinance, lest they bear sin for it, and die therefore, if they profane it: I the LORD do sanctify them.

192There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing.

193But if the priest buy any soul with his money, he shall eat of it, and he that is born in his house: they shall eat of his meat.

194If the priest's daughter also be married unto a stranger, she may not eat of an offering of the holy things.

195But if the priest's daughter be a widow, or divorced, and have no child, and is returned unto her father's house, as in her youth,

196She shall eat of her father's meat: but there shall be no stranger eat thereof.

197And if a man eat of the holy thing unwittingly, then he shall put the fifth part thereof unto it,

198And shall give it unto the priest with the holy thing.

199And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the LORD;

200Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when they eat their holy things: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

201Whatsoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows,

202And for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering;

203Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats.

204But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

205And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep,

206It shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.

207Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD,

208Nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD.

209Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts,

210That mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

211Ye shall not offer unto the LORD that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make any offering thereof in your land.

212Neither from a stranger's hand shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these;

213Because their corruption is in them, and blemishes be in them: they shall not be accepted for you.

214When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam;

215And from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

216And whether it be cow, or ewe, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day.

217And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.

218On the same day it shall be eaten up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: I am the LORD.

219Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.

220Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,

221That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.

222Ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

223And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you:

224On the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

225And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

226And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour:

227And the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.

228And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

229It shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

230And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering;

231Seven sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days;

232And ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals;

233They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

234And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams:

235They shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings,

236Even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD.

237Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings.

238And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs:

239They shall be holy to the LORD for the priest.

240And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest,

241Neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

242Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

243And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him:

244As well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

245And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

246And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

247And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

248Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

249And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

250Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

251The land shall keep a sabbath unto the LORD.

252Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

253But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD:

254Thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

255That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed:

256For it is a year of rest unto the land.

257And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you;

258For thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee.

259And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.

260And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years;

261And the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

262Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month,

263And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you;

264And ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

265In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

266And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another:

267According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof,

268And according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it:

269For according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee.

270Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God:for I am the LORD your God.

271Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.

272And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.

273And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:

274Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.

275And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.

276And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.

277If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession,

278And if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.

279And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him:

280Yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

281Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.

282Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.

283I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

284And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:

285And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him,

286And shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.

287Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

288And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor,

289And sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family:

290And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him in thy sight.

291For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt:

292I am the LORD your God.

293Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image,

294Neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

295Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

296If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

297Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

298And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time:

299And ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

300And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid:

301And I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

302And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

303And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight:

304And your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

305For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

306And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

307And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.

308And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

309I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen;

310And I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

311But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

312And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments,

313So that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you;

314I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart:

315And ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

316And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies:

317They that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

318And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

319And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

320And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

321And 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.

322I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number;

323And your high ways shall be desolate.

324And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

325Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

326And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant:

327And when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

328And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven,

329And they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

330And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

331Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

332And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

333And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images,

334And cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

335And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

336And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

337And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

338Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land;

339Even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

340As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

341And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies;

342And the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.

343And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth:

344And ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

345And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.