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and fowls, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and
creepeth on the earth:
11:47. That you may know the differences of the clean, and unclean, and
know what you ought to eat, and what to refuse.
Leviticus Chapter 12
The purification of women after childbirth.
12:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
12:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: If a
woman having received seed shall bear a man child, she shall be unclean
seven days, according to the days of separation of her flowers.
12:3. And on the eighth day the infant shall be circumcised:
12:4. But she shall remain three and thirty days in the blood of her
purification. She shall touch no holy thing: neither shall she enter
into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification, be fulfilled.
12:5. But if she shall bear a maid child, she shall be unclean two
weeks, according to the custom of her monthly courses. And she shall
remain in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.
12:6. And when the days of her purification are expired, for a son, or
for a daughter, she shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of the
testimony, a lamb of a year old for a holocaust, and a young pigeon or
a turtle for sin: and shall deliver them to the priest.
12:7. Who shall offer them before the Lord, and shall pray for her: and
so she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law
for her that beareth a man child or a maid child.
12:8. And if her hand find not sufficiency, and she is not able to
offer a lamb, she shall take two turtles, or two young pigeons, one for
a holocaust, and another for sin: and the priest shall pray for her,
and so she shall be cleansed.
Leviticus Chapter 13
The law concerning leprosy in men, and in garments.
13:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
13:2. The man in whose skin or flesh shall arise a different colour or
a blister, or as it were something shining, that is the stroke of the
leprosy, shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or any or of his sons.
13:3. And if he see the leprosy in his skin, and the hair turned white
and the place where the leprosy appears lower than the skin and the
rest of the flesh: it is the stroke of the leprosy, and upon his
judgment he shall be separated.
13:4. But if there be a shining whiteness in the skin, and not lower
than the other flesh, and the hair be of the former colour, the priest
shall shut him up seven days.
13:5. And the seventh day he shall look on him: and if the leprosy be
grown no farther, and hath not spread itself in the skin, he shall shut
him up again other seven days.
13:6. And on the seventh day, he shall look on him. If the leprosy be
somewhat obscure, and not spread in the skin, he shall declare him
clean, because it is but a scab: and the man shall wash his clothes,
and shall be clean.
13:7. But, if the leprosy grow again, after he was seen by the priest
and restored to cleanness, he shall be brought to him:
13:8. And shall be condemned of uncleanness.
13:9. If the stroke of the leprosy be in a man, he shall be brought to
13:10. And he shall view him. And when there shall be a white colour in
the skin, and it shall have changed the look of the hair, and the
living flesh itself shall appear:
13:11. It shall be judged an inveterate leprosy, and grown into the
skin. The priest therefore shall declare him unclean: and shall not
shut him up, because he is evidently unclean.
13:12. But if the leprosy spring out running about in the skin, and
cover all the skin from the head to the feet, whatsoever falleth under
the sight of the eyes:
13:13. The priest shall view him, and shall judge that the leprosy
which he has is very clean: because it is all turned into whiteness,
and therefore the man shall be clean.
13:14. But when the live flesh shall appear in him:
13:15. Then by the judgment of the priest he shall be defiled, and
shall be reckoned among the unclean. For live flesh, if it be spotted
with leprosy, is unclean.
13:16. And if again it be turned into whiteness, and cover all the man:
13:17. The priest shall view him, and shall judge him to be clean.
13:18. When also there has been an ulcer in the flesh and the skin, and
it has been healed:
13:19. And in the place of the ulcer, there appeareth a white scar, or
somewhat red, the man shall be brought to the priest.
13:20. And when he shall see the place of the leprosy lower than the
other flesh, and the hair turned white: he shall declare him unclean,
for the plague of leprosy is broken out in the ulcer.
13:21. But if the hair be of the former colour, and the scar somewhat
obscure, and be not lower than the flesh that is near it: he shall shut
him up seven days.
13:22. And if it spread, he shall judge him to have the leprosy:
13:23. But if it stay in its place, it is but the scar of an ulcer: and
the man shall be clean.
13:24. The flesh also and skin that hath been burnt, and after it is
healed hath a white or a red scar:
13:25. The priest shall view it, and if he see it turned white, and the
place thereof is lower than the other skin: he shall declare him
unclean, because the evil of leprosy is broken out in the scar.
13:26. But if the colour of the hair be not changed, nor the blemish
lower than the other flesh, and the appearance of the leprosy be
somewhat obscure: he shall shut him up seven days,
13:27. And on the seventh day he shall view him. If the leprosy be
grown farther in the skin, he shall declare him unclean.
13:28. But if the whiteness stay in its place, and be not very clear,
it is the sore of a burning: and therefore he shall be cleansed,
because it is only the scar of a burning.
13:29. If the leprosy break out in the head or the beard of a man or
woman, the priest shall see them,
13:30. And if the place be lower than the other flesh, and the hair
yellow, and thinner than usual: he shall declare them unclean, because
it is the leprosy of the head and the beard;
13:31. But if he perceive the place of the spot is equal with the flesh
that is near it, and the hair black: he shall shut him up seven days,
13:32. And on the seventh day he shall look upon it. If the spot be not
grown, and the hair keep its colour, and the place of the blemish be
even with the other flesh:
13:33. The man shall be shaven all but the place of the spot: and he
shall be shut up other seven days.
13:34. If on the seventh day the evil seem to have stayed in its place,
and not lower than the other flesh, he shall cleanse him: and his
clothes being washed he shall be clean.
13:35. But if after his cleansing the spot spread again in the skin:
13:36. He shall seek no more whether the hair be turned yellow, because
he is evidently unclean.
13:37. But if the spot be stayed, and the hair be black, let him know
that the man is healed: and let him confidently pronounce him clean.
13:38. If a whiteness appear in the skin of a man or a woman,
13:39. The priest shall view them. If he find that a darkish whiteness
shineth in the skin, let him know that it is not the leprosy, but a
white blemish, and that the man is clean.
13:40. The man whose hair falleth off from his head, he is bald and
13:41. And if the hair fall from his forehead, he is bald before and
13:42. But if in the bald head or in the bald forehead there be risen a
white or reddish colour:
13:43. And the priest perceive this, he shall condemn him undoubtedly
of leprosy which is risen in the bald part.
13:44. Now whosoever shall be defiled with the leprosy, and is
separated by the judgment of the priest:
13:45. Shall have his clothes hanging loose, his head bare, his mouth
covered with a cloth: and he shall cry out that he is defiled and
13:46. All the time that he is a leper and unclean he shall dwell alone
without the camp.
13:47. A woollen or linen garment that shall have the leprosy
13:48. In the warp, and the woof: or skin, or whatsoever is made of a
13:49. If it be infected with a white or red spot, it shall be
accounted the leprosy, and shall be shewn to the priest.
13:50. And he shall look upon it and shall shut it up seven days.
13:51. And on the seventh day when he looketh on it again, if he find
that it is grown, it is a fixed leprosy. He shall judge the garment
unclean, and every thing wherein it shall be found.
13:52. And therefore it shall be burnt with fire.
13:53. But if he see that it is not grown,
13:54. He shall give orders, and they shall wash that part wherein the
leprosy is: and he shall shut it up other seven days.
13:55. And when he shall see that the former colour is not returned,
nor yet the leprosy spread, he shall judge it unclean: and shall burn
it with fire, for the leprosy has taken hold of the outside of the
garment, or through the whole.
13:56. But if the place of the leprosy be somewhat dark, after the
garment is washed, he shall tear it off, and divide it from that which
13:57. And if after this there appear in those places that before were
without spot, a flying and wandering leprosy: it must be burnt with
13:58. If it cease, he shall wash with water the parts that are pure,
the second time: and they shall be clean.
13:59. This is the law touching the leprosy of any woollen or linen
garment, either in the warp or woof, or any thing of skins: how it
ought to be cleaned, or pronounced unclean.
Leviticus Chapter 14
The rites of sacrifices in cleansing the leprosy. Leprosy in houses.
14:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
14:2. This is the rite of a leper, when he is to be cleansed. He shall
be brought to the priest:
14:3. Who going out of the camp, when he shall find that the leprosy is
14:4. Shall command him that is to be purified, to offer for himself
two living sparrows, which it is lawful to eat, and cedar wood, and
scarlet, and hyssop.
14:5. And he shall command one of the sparrows to be immolated in an
earthen vessel over living waters.
Living waters. . .That is, waters taken from a spring, brook, or river.
14:6. But the other that is alive, he shall dip, with the cedar wood,
and the scarlet and the hyssop, in the blood of the sparrow that is
14:7. Wherewith he shall sprinkle him that is to be cleansed seven
times, that he may be rightly purified. And he shall let go the living
sparrow, that it may fly into the field.
14:8. And when the man hath washed his clothes, he shall shave all the
hair of his body, and shall be washed with water: and being purified he
shall enter into the camp, yet so that he tarry without his own tent
14:9. And on the seventh day he shall shave the hair of his head, and
his beard and his eyebrows, and the hair of all his body. And having
washed again his clothes, and his body,
14:10. On the eighth day, he shall take two lambs without blemish, and
an ewe of a year old without blemish, and three tenths of flour
tempered with oil for a sacrifice, and a sextary of oil apart.
A sextary. . .Heb. log: a measure of liquids, which was the twelfth part
of a hin; and held about as much as six eggs.
14:11. And when the priest that purifieth the man, hath presented him,
and all these things before the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of
14:12. He shall take a lamb, and offer it for a trespass offering with
the sextary of oil. And having offered all before the Lord,
14:13. He shall immolate the lamb, where the victim for sin is wont to
be immolated, and the holocaust, that is, in the holy place. For as
that which is for sin, so also the victim for a trespass offering
pertaineth to the priest: it is holy of holies.
14:14. And the priest taking of the blood of the victim that was
immolated for trespass, shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of
him that is cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand and the
great toe of his right foot.
Taking of the blood, etc. . .These ceremonies used in the cleansing of a
leper, were mysterious and very significative. The sprinkling seven
times with the blood of the little bird, the washing himself and his
clothes, the shaving his hair and his beard, signify the means which
are to be used in the reconciliation of a sinner, and the steps by
which he is to return to God, viz., by the repeated application of the
blood of Christ: the washing his conscience with the waters of
compunction: and retrenching all vanities and superfluities, by
employing all that is over and above what is necessary in alms deeds.
The sin offering, and the holocaust or burnt offering, which he was to
offer at his cleansing, signify the sacrifice of a contrite and humble
heart, and that of adoration in spirit and truth, with gratitude and
thankfulness, for the forgiveness of sins, with which we are ever to
appear before the Almighty. The touching the right ear, the thumb of
the right hand, and the great toe of the right foot, first with the
blood of the victim, and then with the remainder of the oil, which had
been sprinkled seven times before the Lord, signify the application of
the blood of Christ, and the unction of the sevenfold grace of the Holy
Ghost; to the sinner's right ear, that he may duly hearken to and obey
the law of God; and to his right hand and foot, that the works of his
hands, and all the steps or affections of his soul, signified by the
feet, may be rightly directed to God.
14:15. And he shall pour of the sextary of oil into his own left hand,
14:16. And shall dip his right finger in it, and sprinkle it before the
Lord seven times.
14:17. And the rest of the oil in his left hand, he shall pour upon the
tip of the right ear of him that is cleansed, and upon the thumb of his
right hand and the great toe of his right foot, and upon the blood that
was shed for trespass:
14:18. And upon his head.
14:19. And he shall pray for him before the Lord, and shall offer the
sacrifice for sin. Then shall he immolate the holocaust.
14:20. And put it on the altar with the libations thereof: and the man
shall be rightly cleansed.
14:21. But if he be poor, and his hand cannot find the things
aforesaid: he shall take a lamb for an offering for trespass, that the
priest may pray for him, and a tenth part of flour tempered with oil
for a sacrifice, and a sextary of oil:
14:22. And two turtles or two young pigeons, of which one may be for
sin, and the other for a holocaust.
14:23. And he shall offer them on the eighth day of his purification to
the priest, at the door of the tabernacle of the testimony before the
14:24. And the priest receiving the lamb for trespass, and the sextary
of oil, shall elevate them together.
14:25. And the lamb being immolated, he shall put of the blood thereof
upon the tip of the right ear of him that is cleansed, and upon the
thumb of his right hand, and the great toe of his right foot.
14:26. But he shall pour part of the oil into his own left hand,
14:27. And dipping the finger of his right hand in it, he shall
sprinkle it seven times before the Lord.
14:28. And he shall touch the tip of the right ear of him that is
cleansed, and the thumb of his right hand and the great toe of his
right foot, in the place of the blood that was shed for trespass.
14:29. And the other part of the oil that is in his left hand, he shall
pour upon the head of the purified person, that he may appease the Lord
14:30. And he shall offer a turtle, or young pigeon:
14:31. One for trespass, and the other for a holocaust, with their
14:32. This is the sacrifice of a leper, that is not able to have all
things that appertain to his cleansing.
14:33. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
14:34. When you shall come into the land of Chanaan, which I will give
you for a possession, if there be the plague or leprosy in a house:
14:35. He whose house it is, shall go and tell the priest, saying: It
seemeth to me, that there is the plague of leprosy in my house,
14:36. And he shall command, that they carry forth all things out of
the house, before he go into it, and see whether it have the leprosy,
let all things become unclean that are in the house. And afterwards he
shall go in to view the leprosy of the house.
14:37. And if he see in the walls thereof as it were little dints,
disfigured with paleness or redness, and lower than all he rest:
14:38. He shall go out of the door of the house, and forthwith shut it
up seven days,
14:39. And returning on the seventh day, he shall look upon it. If he
find that the leprosy is spread,
14:40. He shall command, that the stones wherein the leprosy is, be
taken out, and cast without the city into an unclean place:
14:41. And that the house be scraped on the inside round about, and the
dust of the scrapings be scattered without the city into an unclean
14:42. And that other stones be laid in the place of them that were
taken away, and the house be plastered with other mortar.
14:43. But if after the stones be taken out, and the dust scraped off,
and it be plastered with other earth.
14:44. The priest going in perceive that the leprosy is returned, and
the walls full of spots, it is a lasting leprosy, and the house is
14:45. And they shall destroy it forthwith, and shall cast the stones
and timber thereof, and all the dust without the town into an unclean
14:46. He that entereth into the house when it is shut, shall be
unclean until evening,
14:47. And he that sleepeth in it, and eateth any thing, shall wash his
14:48. But if the priest going in perceive that the leprosy is not
spread in the house, after it was plastered again, he shall purify it,
it being cured.
14:49. And for the purification thereof he shall take two sparrows, and
cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.
14:50. And having immolated one sparrow in an earthen vessel, over
14:51. He shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet,
and the living sparrow, and shall dip all in the blood of the sparrow
that is immolated, and in the living water: and he shall sprinkle the
house seven times.
14:52. And shall purify it as well with the blood of the sparrow, as
with the living water, and with the living sparrow, and with the cedar
wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet.
14:53. And when he hath let go the sparrow to fly freely away into the
field, he shall pray for the house: and it shall be rightly cleansed.
14:54. This is the law of every kind of leprosy and stroke.
14:55. Of the leprosy of garments and houses,
14:56. Of a scar and of blisters breaking out of a shining spot, and
when the colours are diversely changed:
14:57. That it may be known when a thing is clean or unclean.
Leviticus Chapter 15
Other legal uncleannesses.
15:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
15:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: The man that
hath an issue of seed, shall be unclean.
Issue of seed shall be unclean. . .These legal uncleannesses were
instituted in order to give the people a horror of carnal impurities.
15:3. And then shall he be judged subject to this evil, when a filthy
humour, at every moment, cleaveth to his flesh, and gathereth there.
15:4. Every bed on which he sleepeth, shall be unclean, and every place
on which he sitteth.
15:5. If any man touch his bed, he shall wash his clothes and being
washed with water, he shall be unclean until the evening.
15:6. If a man sit where that man hath sitten, he also shall wash his
clothes: and being washed with water, shall be unclean until the
15:7. He that toucheth his flesh, shall wash his clothes: and being
himself washed with water shall be unclean until the evening.
15:8. If such a man cast his spittle upon him that is clean, he shall
wash his clothes: and being washed with water, he shall be unclean
until the evening.
15:9. The saddle on which he hath sitten shall be unclean.
15:10. And whatsoever has been under him that hath the issue of seed,
shall be unclean until the evening. He that carrieth any of these
things, shall wash his clothes: and being washed with water, he shall
be unclean until the evening.
15:11. Every person whom such a one shall touch, not having washed his
hands before, shall wash his clothes: and being washed with water,
shall be unclean until the evening.
15:12. If he touch a vessel of earth, it shall be broken: but if a
vessel of wood, it shall be washed with water.
15:13. If he who suffereth this disease be healed, he shall number
seven days after his cleansing: and having washed his clothes, and all
his body in living water, he shall be clean.
15:14. And on the eighth day he shall take two turtles, or two young
pigeons, and he shall come before the Lord, to the door of the
tabernacle of the testimony, and shall give them to the priest.
15:15. Who shall offer one for sin, and the other for a holocaust: and
he shall pray for him before the Lord, that he may be cleansed of the
issue of his seed.
15:16. The man from whom the seed of copulation goeth out, shall wash
all his body with water: and he shall be unclean until the evening.
15:17. The garment or skin that he weareth, he shall wash with water:
and it shall be unclean until the evening.
15:18. The woman, with whom he copulateth, shall be washed with water:
and shall be unclean until the evening.
15:19. The woman, who at the return of the month, hath her issue of
blood, shall be separated seven days.
15:20. Every one that toucheth her, shall be unclean until the evening.
15:21. And every thing that she sleepeth on, or that she sitteth on in
the days of her separation, shall be defiled.
15:22. He that toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes: and being
himself washed with water, shall be unclean until the evening.
15:23. Whosoever shall touch any vessel on which she sitteth, shall
wash his clothes: and himself being washed with water, shall be defiled
until the evening.
15:24. If a man copulateth with her in the time of her flowers, he
shall be unclean seven days: and every bed on which he shall sleep,
shall be defiled.
15:25. The woman that hath still issue of blood many days out of her
ordinary time, or that ceaseth not to flow after the monthly courses,
as long as she is subject to this disease, shall be unclean, in the
same manner as if she were in her flowers.
15:26. Every bed on which she sleepeth, and every vessel on which she
sitteth, shall be defiled.
15:27. Whosoever toucheth them shall wash his clothes: and himself
being washed with water, shall be unclean until the evening.
15:28. If the blood stop and cease to run, she shall count seven days
of her purification:
15:29. And on the eighth day she shall offer for herself to the priest,
two turtles, or two young pigeons, at the door of the tabernacle of the
15:30. And he shall offer one for sin, and the other for a holocaust,
and he shall pray for her before the Lord, and for the issue of her
15:31. You shall teach therefore the children of Israel to take heed of
uncleanness, that they may not die in their filth, when they shall have
defiled my tabernacle that is among them.
15:32. This is the law of him that hath the issue of seed, and that is
defiled by copulation.
15:33. And of the woman that is separated in her monthly times, or that
hath a continual issue of blood, and of the man that sleepeth with her.
Leviticus Chapter 16
When and how the high priest must enter into the sanctuary. The feast
16:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, after the death of the two sons of
Aaron when they were slain upon their offering strange fire:
16:2. And he commanded him, saying: Speak to Aaron thy brother, that he
enter not at all into the sanctuary, which is within the veil before
the propitiatory, with which the ark is covered, lest he die, (for I
will appear in a cloud over the oracle),
Enter not. . .No one but the high priest, and he but once a year, could
enter into the sanctuary; to signify that no one could enter into the
sanctuary of heaven, till Christ our high priest opened it by his
passion. Heb. 10.8.
16:3. Unless he first do these things. He shall offer a calf for sin,
and a ram for a holocaust.
16:4. He shall be vested with a linen tunick: he shall cover his
nakedness with linen breeches: he shall be girded with a linen girdle,
and he shall put a linen mitre upon his head. For these are holy
vestments: all which he shall put on, after he is washed.
16:5. And he shall receive from the whole multitude of the children of
Israel two buck goats for sin, and one ram for a holocaust.
16:6. And when he hath offered the cattle and prayed for himself and
for his own house:
16:7. He shall make the two buck goats to stand before the Lord in the
door of the tabernacle of the testimony.
16:8. And casting lots upon them both, one to be offered to the Lord,
and the other to be the emissary goat:
16:9. That whose lot fell to be offered to the Lord, he shall offer for
16:10. But that whose lot was to be the emissary goat, he shall present
before the Lord, that he may pour prayers upon him, and let him go into
16:11. After these things are duly celebrated, he shall offer the calf:
and praying for himself and for his own house, he shall immolate it.
16:12. And taking the censer, which he hath filled with the burning
coals of the altar, and taking up with his hands the compounded perfume
for incense, he shall go in within the veil into the holy place:
16:13. That when the perfumes are put upon the fire, the cloud and
vapour thereof may cover the oracle, which is over the testimony, and
he may not die.
16:14. He shall take also of the blood of the calf, and sprinkle with
his finger seven times towards the propitiatory to the east.
16:15. And when he hath killed the buck goat for the sin of the people,
he shall carry in the blood thereof within the veil, as he was
commanded to do with the blood of the calf, that he may sprinkle it
over against the oracle:
16:16. And may expiate the sanctuary from the uncleanness of the
children of Israel, and from their transgressions, and all their sins.
According to this rite shall he do to the tabernacle of the testimony,
which is fixed among them in the midst of the filth of their
16:17. Let no man be in the tabernacle when the high priest goeth into
the sanctuary, to pray for himself and his house, and for the whole
congregation of Israel, until he come out.
16:18. And when he is come out to the altar that is before the Lord,
let him pray for himself: and taking the blood of the calf, and of the
buck goat, let him pour it upon the horns thereof round about.
16:19. And sprinkling with his finger seven times, let him expiate, and
sanctify it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
16:20. After he hath cleaned the sanctuary, and the tabernacle, and the
altar, then let him offer the living goat.
16:21. And putting both hands upon his head, let him confess all the
iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their offences and sins.
And praying that they may light on its head, he shall turn him out by a
man ready for it, into the desert.
16:22. And when the goat hath carried all their iniquities into an
uninhabited land, and shall be let go into the desert:
16:23. Aaron shall return into the tabernacle of the testimony, and
putting off the vestments, which he had on him before when he entered
into the sanctuary, and leaving them there,
16:24. He shall wash his flesh in the holy place, and shall put on his
own garments. And after that he is come out and hath offered his own
holocaust, and that of the people, he shall pray both for himself, and
for the people.
16:25. And the fat that is offered for sins, he shall burn on the
16:26. But he that hath let go the emissary goat, shall wash his
clothes, and his body with water, and so shall enter into the camp.
16:27. But the calf and the buck goat, that were sacrificed for sin,
and whose blood was carried into the sanctuary, to accomplish the
atonement, they shall carry forth without the camp, and shall burn with
fire: their skins and their flesh, and their dung.
16:28. And whosoever burneth them shall wash his clothes, and flesh
with water: and so shall enter into the camp.
16:29. And this shall be to you an everlasting ordinance. The seventh
month, the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and
shall do no work, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger
that sojourneth among you.
16:30. Upon this day shall be the expiation for you, and the cleansing
from all your sins. You shall be cleansed before the Lord.
16:31. For it is a sabbath of rest: and you shall afflict your souls by
a perpetual religion.
16:32. And the priest that is anointed, and whose hands are consecrated
to do the office of the priesthood in his father's stead, shall make
atonement. And he shall be vested with the linen robe and the holy
16:33. And he shall expiate the sanctuary and the tabernacle of the
testimony and the altar: the priest also and all the people.
16:34. And this shall be an ordinance for ever, that you pray for the
children of Israel, and for all their sins once a year. He did
therefore as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Leviticus Chapter 17
No sacrifices to be offered but at the door of the tabernacle: a
prohibition of blood.
17:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
17:2. Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel,
saying to them: This is the word, which the Lord hath commanded,
17:3. Any man whosoever of the house of Israel, if he kill an ox, or a
sheep, or a goat in the camp, or without the camp,
If he kill, etc. . .That is, in order to sacrifice. The law of God
forbids sacrifices to be offered in any other place but at the
tabernacle or temple of the Lord; to signify that no sacrifice would be
acceptable to God, out of his true temple, the one holy, catholic,
17:4. And offer it not at the door of the tabernacle an oblation to the
Lord, shall be guilty of blood. As if he had shed blood, so shall he
perish from the midst of his people.
17:5. Therefore the children of Israel shall bring to the priest their
victims, which they kill in the field, that they may be sanctified to
the Lord before the door of the tabernacle of the testimony: and they
may sacrifice them for peace offerings to the Lord.
17:6. And the priest shall pour the blood upon the altar of the Lord,
at the door of the tabernacle of the testimony: and shall burn the fat
for a sweet odour to the Lord.
17:7. And they shall no more sacrifice their victims to devils, with
whom they have committed fornication. It shall be an ordinance for ever
to them and to their posterity.
17:8. And thou shalt say to them: The man of the house of Israel, and
of the strangers who sojourn among you, that offereth a holocaust or a
17:9. And bringeth it not to the door of the tabernacle of the
testimony, that it may be offered to the Lord, shall perish from among
17:10. If any man whosoever of the house of Israel, and of the
strangers that sojourn among them, eat blood, I will set my face
against his soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Eat blood. . .To eat blood was forbidden in the law; partly, because God
reserved it to himself, to be offered in sacrifices on the altar, as to
the Lord of life and death; and as a figure of the blood of Christ; and
partly, to give men a horror of shedding blood. Gen. 9.4, 5, 6.
17:11. Because the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given
it to you, that you may make atonement with it upon the altar for your
souls, and the blood may be for an expiation of the soul.
17:12. Therefore I have said to the children of Israel: No soul of you,
nor of the strangers that sojourn among you, shall eat blood.
17:13. Any man whosoever of the children of Israel, and of the
strangers that sojourn among you, if by hunting or fowling, he take a
wild beast or a bird, which is lawful to eat, let him pour out its
blood, and cover it with earth.
17:14. For the life of all flesh is in the blood. Therefore I said to
the children of Israel: you shall not eat the blood of any flesh at
all, because the life of the flesh is in the blood, and whosoever
eateth it, shall be cut off.
17:15. The soul that eateth that which died of itself, or has been
caught by a beast, whether he be one of your own country or a stranger,
shall wash his clothes and himself with water, and shall be defiled
until the evening: and in this manner he shall be made clean.
17:16. But if he do not wash his clothes, and his body, he shall bear
Leviticus Chapter 18
Marriage is prohibited in certain degrees of kindred: Anda all
18:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
18:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: I am
the Lord your God.
18:3. You shall not do according to the custom of the land of Egypt, in
which you dwelt: neither shall you act according to the manner of the
country of Chanaan, into which I will bring you. Nor shall you walk in
18:4. You shall do my judgments, and shall observe my precepts, and
shall walk in them. I am the Lord your God.
18:5. Keep my laws and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live
in them, I am the Lord.
18:6. No man shall approach to her that is near of kin to him, to
uncover her nakedness. I am the Lord.
18:7. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father, or the
nakedness of thy mother: she is thy mother, thou shalt not uncover her
18:8. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife: for it
is the nakedness of thy father.
18:9. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy sister by father or
by mother: whether born at home or abroad.
18:10. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy son's daughter, or
thy daughter's daughter: because it is thy own nakedness.
18:11. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife's
daughter, whom she bore to thy father: and who is thy sister.
18:12. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister:
because she is the flesh of thy father.
18:13. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister:
because she is thy mother's flesh.
18:14. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother:
neither shalt thou approach to his wife, who is joined to thee by
18:15. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law:
because she is thy son's wife, neither shalt thou discover her shame.
18:16. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife:
because it is the nakedness of thy brother.
18:17. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy wife and her
daughter. Thou shalt not take her son's daughter or her daughter's
daughter, to discover her shame: because they are her flesh, and such
copulation is incest.
18:18. Thou shalt not take thy wife's sister for a harlot, to rival
her: neither shalt thou discover her nakedness, while she is yet
18:19. Thou shalt not approach to a woman having her flowers: neither
shalt thou uncover her nakedness.
18:20. Thou shalt not lie with thy neighbour's wife: nor be defiled
with mingling of seed.
18:21. Thou shalt not give any of thy seed to be consecrated to the
idol Moloch, nor defile the name of thy God. I am the Lord.
18:22. Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: because it is
18:23. Thou shalt not copulate with any beast: neither shalt thou be
defiled with it. A woman shall not lie down to a beast, nor copulate
with it: because it is a heinous crime.
Because it is a heinous crime. . .In Hebrew, this word heinous crime is
expressed by the word confusion, signifying the shamefulness and
baseness of this abominable sin.
18:24. Defile not yourselves with any of these things with which all
the nations have been defiled, which I will cast out before you,
18:25. And with which the land is defiled: the abominations of which I
will visit, that it may vomit out its inhabitants.
18:26. Keep ye my ordinances and my judgments: and do not any of these
abominations. Neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that
sojourneth among you.
18:27. For all these detestable things the inhabitants of the land have
done, that were before you, and have defiled it.
18:28. Beware then, lest in like manner, it vomit you also out, if you
do the like things: as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
18:29. Every soul that shall commit any of these abominations, shall
perish from the midst of his people.
18:30. Keep my commandments. Do not the things which they have done,
that have been before you: and be not defiled therein. I am the Lord
Leviticus Chapter 19
Divers ordinances, partly moral, partly ceremonial or judicial.
19:1. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
19:2. Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel. And thou
shalt say to them: Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy.
19:3. Let every one fear his father, and his mother. Keep my sabbaths.
I am the Lord your God.
19:4. Turn ye not to idols: nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am
the Lord your God.
19:5. If ye offer in sacrifice a peace offering to the Lord, that he
may be favourable:
19:6. You shall eat it on the same day it was offered, and the next
day. And whatsoever shall be left until the third day, you shall burn
19:7. If after two days any man eat thereof, he shall be profane and
guilty of impiety:
19:8. And shall bear his iniquity, because he hath defiled the holy
thing of the Lord. And that soul shall perish from among his people.
19:9. When thou reapest the corn of thy land, thou shalt not cut down
all that is on the face of the earth to the very ground: nor shalt thou
gather the ears that remain.
19:10. Neither shalt thou gather the bunches and grapes that fall down
in thy vineyard: but shalt leave them to the poor and the strangers to
take. I am the Lord your God.
19:11. You shall not steal. You shall not lie: neither shall any man
deceive his neighbour.
19:12. Thou shalt not swear falsely by my name, nor profane the name of
thy God. I am the Lord.
19:13. Thou shalt not calumniate thy neighbour, nor oppress him by
violence. The wages of him that hath been hired by thee shall not abide
with thee until the morning.
19:14. Thou shalt not speak evil of the deaf, nor put a stumbling block
before the blind: but thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, because I am
19:15. Thou shalt not do that which is unjust, nor judge unjustly.
Respect not the person of the poor: nor honour the countenance of the
mighty. But judge thy neighbour according to justice.
19:16. Thou shalt not be a detractor nor a whisperer among the people.
Thou shalt not stand against the blood of thy neighbour. I am the Lord.
19:17. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: But reprove him
openly, lest thou incur sin through him.
19:18. Seek not revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of thy citizens.
Thou shalt love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord.
19:19. Keep ye my laws. Thou shalt not make thy cattle to gender with
beasts of any other kind. Thou shalt not sow thy field with different
seeds. Thou shalt not wear a garment that is woven of two sorts.
Different seeds, etc. . .This law tends to recommend simplicity and
plain dealing in all things, and to teach the people not to join any
false worship or heresy with the worship of the true God.
19:20. If a man carnally lie with a woman that is a bondservant and
marriageable, and yet not redeemed with a price, nor made free: they
both shall be scourged: and they shall not be put to death, because she
was not a free woman.
19:21. And for his trespass he shall offer a ram to the Lord, at the
door of the tabernacle of the testimony.
19:22. And the priest shall pray for him: and for his sin before the
Lord: and he shall have mercy on him, and the sin shall be forgiven.
19:23. When you shall be come into the land, and shall have planted in
it fruit trees, you shall take away the firstfruits of them. The fruit
that comes forth shall be unclean to you: neither shall you eat of
Firstfruits. . .Proeputia, literally, their foreskins; it alludes to
circumcision, and signifies that for the first three years the trees
were to be as uncircumcised, and their fruit unclean: till in the
fourth year their increase was sanctified and given to the Lord, that
is, to the priests.
19:24. But in the fourth year, all their fruit shall be sanctified, to
the praise of the Lord.
19:25. And in the fifth year you shall eat the fruits thereof,
gathering the increase thereof. I am the Lord your God.
19:26. You shall not eat with blood. You shall not divine nor observe
19:27. Nor shall you cut your hair roundwise: nor shave your beard.
19:28. You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead:
neither shall you make in yourselves any figures or marks. I am the
19:29. Make not thy daughter a common strumpet, lest the land be
defiled, and filled with wickedness.
19:30. Keep ye my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
19:31. Go not aside after wizards: neither ask any thing of
soothsayers, to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
19:32. Rise up before the hoary head, and honour the person of the aged
man: and fear the Lord thy God. I am the Lord.
19:33. If a stranger dwell in your land, and abide among you, do not
19:34. But let him be among you as one of the same country. And you
shall love him as yourselves: for you were strangers in the land of
Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
19:35. Do not any unjust thing in judgment, in rule, in weight, or in
19:36. Let the balance be just and the weights equal, the bushel just,
and the sextary equal. I am the Lord your God, that brought you out of
the land of Egypt.
19:37. Keep all my precepts, and all my judgments: and do them. I am
Leviticus Chapter 20
Divers crimes to be punished with death.
20:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
20:2. Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: If any man of the
children Israel, or of the strangers that dwell in Israel, give of his
seed to the idol Moloch, dying let him die. The people of the land
shall stone him.
20:3. And I will set my face against him: and I will cut him off from
the midst of his people, because he hath given of his seed to Moloch,
and hath defiled my sanctuary, and profaned my holy name.
20:4. And if the people of the land neglecting, and as it were little
regarding my commandment, let alone the man that hath given of his seed
to Moloch, and will not kill him:
20:5. I will set my face against that man, and his kindred, and will
cut off both him and all that consented with him, to commit fornication
with Moloch, out of the midst of their people.
20:6. The soul that shall go aside after magicians, and soothsayers,
and shall commit fornication with them: I will set my face against that
soul, and destroy it out of the midst of its people.
20:7. Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy: because I am the Lord your
20:8. Keep my precepts, and do them. I am the Lord that sanctify you.
20:9. He that curseth his father, or mother, dying let him die. He hath
cursed his father, and mother: let his blood be upon him.
20:10. If any man commit adultery with the wife of another, and defile
his neighbour's wife: let them be put to death, both the adulterer and
20:11. If a man lie with his stepmother, and discover the nakedness of
his father, let them both be put to death: their blood be upon them.
20:12. If any man lie with his daughter in law: let both die, because
they have done a heinous crime. Their blood be upon them.
20:13. If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed
an abomination: let them be put to death. Their blood be upon them.
20:14. If any man after marrying the daughter, marry her mother, he
hath done a heinous crime. He shall be burnt alive with them: neither
shall so great an abomination remain in the midst of you.
20:15. He that shall copulate with any beast or cattle, dying let him
die: the beast also ye shall kill.
The beast also ye shall kill. . .The killing of the beast was for the
greater horror of the crime, and to prevent the remembrance of such
20:16. The woman that shall lie under any beast, shall be killed
together with the same. Their blood be upon them.
20:17. If any man take his sister, the daughter of his father, or the
daughter of his mother, and see her nakedness, and she behold her
brother's shame: they have committed a crime. They shall be slain, in
the sight of their people, because they have discovered one another's
nakedness. And they shall bear their iniquity.
20:18. If any man lie with a woman in her flowers, and uncover her
nakedness, and she open the fountain of her blood: both shall be
destroyed out of the midst of their people.
20:19. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy aunt by thy mother,
and of thy aunt by thy father. He that doth this, hath uncovered the
shame of his own flesh: both shall bear their iniquity.
20:20. If any man lie with the wife of his uncle by the father, or of
his uncle by the mother, and uncover the shame of his near akin, both
shall bear their sin. They shall die without children.
20:21. He that marrieth his brother's wife, doth an unlawful thing: he
hath uncovered his brother's nakedness. They shall be without children.
20:22. Keep my laws and my judgments, and do them: lest the land into
which you are to enter to dwell therein, vomit you also out.
20:23. Walk not after the laws of the nations, which I will cast out
before you. For they have done all these things: and therefore I
20:24. But to you I say: Possess their land which I will give you for
an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the Lord your
God, who have separated you from other people.
20:25. Therefore do you also separate the clean beast from the unclean,
and the clean fowl from the unclean. Defile not your souls with beasts,
or birds, or any things that move on the earth, and which I have shewn
you to be unclean:
20:26. You shall be holy unto me, because I the Lord am holy: and I
have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.
20:27. A man, or woman, in whom there is a pythonical or divining
spirit, dying let them die. They shall stone them. Their blood be upon
Leviticus Chapter 21
Ordinances relating to the priests.
21:1. The Lord said also to Moses: Speak to the priests the sons of
Aaron, and thou shalt say for them: Let not a priest incur an
uncleanness at the death of his citizens.
An uncleanness. . .Viz., such as was contracted in laying out the dead
body, or touching it; or in going into the house, or assisting at the
21:2. But only for his kin, such as are near in blood: that is to say,
for his father and for his mother, and for his son, and for his
daughter, for his brother also:
21:3. And for a maiden sister, who hath had no husband.
21:4. But not even for the prince of his people shall he do any thing
that may make him unclean.
21:5. Neither shall they shave their head, nor their beard, nor make
incisions in their flesh.
21:6. They shall be holy to their God, and shall not profane his name.
For they offer the burnt offering of the Lord, and the bread of their
God: and therefore they shall be holy.
21:7. They shall not take to wife a harlot or a vile prostitute, nor
one that has been put away from her husband: because they are
consecrated to their God,
21:8. And offer the loaves of proposition. Let them therefore be holy
because I also am holy: the Lord, who sanctify them.
21:9. If the daughter of a priest be taken in whoredom and dishonour
the name of her father, she shall be burnt with fire.
21:10. The high priest, that is to say, the priest who is the greatest
among his brethren, upon whose head the oil of unction hath been
poured; and whose hands have been consecrated for the priesthood; and
who hath been vested with the holy vestments. He shall not uncover his
head: he shall not rend his garments.
21:11. Nor shall he go in at all to any dead person: not even for his
father, or his mother, shall he be defiled.
21:12. Neither shall he go out of the holy places, lest he defile the
sanctuary of the Lord: because the oil of the holy unction of his God
is upon him. I am the Lord.
21:13. He shall take a virgin unto his wife.
21:14. But a widow or one that is divorced, or defied, or a harlot, he
shall not take: but a maid of his own people.
21:15. He shall not mingle the stock of his kindred with the common
people of this nation: for I am the Lord who sanctify him.
21:16. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
21:17. Say to Aaron: Whosoever of thy seed throughout their families,
hath a blemish, he shall not offer bread to his God.
21:18. Neither shall he approach to minister to him: If he be blind; if
he be lame; if he have a little, or a great, or a crooked nose;
21:19. If his foot, or if his hand be broken;
21:20. If he be crookbacked; or blear eyed; or have a pearl in his eye,
or a continual scab, or a dry scurf in his body, or a rupture.
21:21. Whosoever of the seed of Aaron the priest hath a blemish: he
shall not approach to offer sacrifices to the Lord, nor bread to his
21:22. He shall eat nevertheless of the loaves that are offered in the
21:23. Yet so that he enter not within the veil, nor approach to the
altar: because he hath a blemish, and he must not defile my sanctuary.
I am the Lord who sanctify them.
21:24. Moses, therefore spoke to Aaron, and to his sons and to all
Israel, all the things that had been commanded him.
Leviticus Chapter 22
Who may eat the holy things: and what things may be offered.
22:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses saying:
22:2. Speak to Aaron and to his sons, that they beware of those things
that are consecrated of the children of Israel: and defile not the name
of the things sanctified to me, which they offer. I am the Lord.
22:3. Say to them and to their posterity: Every man of your race, that
approacheth to those things that are consecrated, and which the
children of Israel have offered to the Lord, in whom there is
uncleanness, shall perish before the Lord. I am the Lord.
Approacheth, etc. . .This is to give us to understand, with what purity
of soul we are to approach to the blessed sacrament of which these
meats that had been offered in sacrifice were a figure.
22:4. The man of the seed of Aaron, that is a leper, or that suffereth
a running of the seed, shall not eat of those things that are
sanctified to me, until he be healed. He that toucheth any thing
unclean by occasion of the dead: and he whose seed goeth from him as in
22:5. And he that toucheth a creeping thing, or any unclean thing, the
touching of which is defiling:
22:6. Shall be unclean until the evening, and shall not eat those
things that are sanctified. But when he hath washed his flesh with
22:7. And the sun is down, then being purified, he shall eat of the
sanctified things, because it is his meat.
22:8. That which dieth of itself, and that which was taken by a beast,
they shall not eat, nor be defiled therewith. I am the Lord.
22:9. Let them keep my precepts, that they may not fall into sin, and
die in the sanctuary, when they shall have defiled it. I am the Lord
who sanctify them.
22:10. No stranger shall eat of the sanctified things: a sojourner of
the priests, or a hired servant, shall not eat of them.
22:11. But he whom the priest hath bought, and he that is his servant,
born in his house, these shall eat of them.
22:12. If the daughter of a priest be married to any of the people, she
shall not eat of those things that are sanctified nor of the
22:13. But if she be a widow, or divorced, and having no children
return to her father's house, she shall eat of her father's meats, as
she was wont to do when she was a maid. No stranger hath leave to eat
22:14. He that eateth of the sanctified things through ignorance, shall
add the fifth part with that which he ate, and shall give it to the
priest into the sanctuary.
22:15. And they shall not profane the sanctified things of the children
of Israel, which they offer to the Lord:
22:16. Lest perhaps they bear the iniquity of their trespass, when they
shall have eaten the sanctified things. I am the Lord who sanctify
22:17. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
22:18. Speak to Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of
Israel, and thou shalt say to them: The man of the house of Israel, and
of the strangers who dwell with you, that offereth his oblation, either
paying his vows, or offering of his own accord, whatsoever it be which
he presenteth for a holocaust of the Lord,
22:19. To be offered by you: it shall be a male without blemish of the
beeves, or of the sheep, or of the goats.
22:20. If it have a blemish you shall not offer it: neither shall it be
22:21. The man that offereth a victim of peace offerings to the Lord,
either paying his vows, or offering of his own accord, whether of
beeves or of sheep, shall offer it without blemish, that it may be
acceptable. There shall be no blemish in it.
22:22. If it be blind, or broken, or have a scar or blisters, or a
scab, or a dry scurf: you shall not offer them to the Lord, nor burn
any thing of them upon the Lord's altar.
22:23. An ox or a sheep, that hath the ear and the tail cut off, thou
mayst offer voluntarily: but a vow may not be paid with them.
22:24. you shall not offer to the Lord any beast that hath the
testicles bruised, or crushed, or cut and taken away: neither shall you
do any such things in your land.
22:25. you shall not offer bread to your God, from the hand of a
stranger, nor any other thing that he would give: because they are all
corrupted, and defiled. You shall not receive them.
22:26. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
22:27. When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, they
shall be seven days under the udder of their dam: but the eighth day,
and thenceforth, they may be offered to the Lord.
22:28. Whether it be a cow, or a sheep, they shall not be sacrificed
the same day with their young ones.
22:29. If you immolate a victim for thanksgiving to the Lord, that he
may be favourable,
22:30. You shall eat it the same day. There shall not any of it remain
until the morning of the next day. I am the Lord.
22:31. Keep my commandments, and do them. I am the Lord.
22:32. Profane not my holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst
of the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctify you:
22:33. And who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that I might be
your God. I am the Lord.
Leviticus Chapter 23
Holy days to be kept.
23:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
23:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them:
These are the feasts of the Lord, which you shall call holy.
23:3. Six days shall ye do work: the seventh day, because it is the
rest of the sabbath, shall be called holy. You shall do no work on that
day: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your habitations.
23:4. These also are the holy days of the Lord, which you must
celebrate in their seasons.
23:5. The first month, the fourteenth day of the month at evening, is
the phase of the Lord.
23:6. And the fifteenth day of the same month is the solemnity of the
unleavened bread of the Lord. Seven days shall you eat unleavened
23:7. The first day shall be most solemn unto you, and holy: you shall
do no servile work therein.
23:8. But you shall offer sacrifice in fire to the Lord seven days. And
the seventh day shall be more solemn, and more holy: and you shall do
no servile work therein.
23:9. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
23:10. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them:
When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, and
shall reap your corn, you shall bring sheaves of ears, the firstfruits
of your harvest to the priest.
23:11. Who shall lift up the sheaf before the Lord, the next day after
the sabbath, that it may be acceptable for you, and shall sanctify it.
23:12. And on the same day that the sheaf is consecrated, a lamb
without blemish of the first year shall be killed for a holocaust of
23:13. And the libations shall be offered with it: two tenths of flour
tempered with oil, for a burnt offering of the Lord, and a most sweet
odour. Libations also of wine, the fourth part of a hin.
23:14. You shall not eat either bread, or parched corn, or frumenty or
the harvest, until the day that you shall offer thereof to your God. It
is a precept for ever throughout your generations, and all your
23:15. You shall count therefore from the morrow after the sabbath,
wherein you offered the sheaf of firstfruits, seven full weeks.
23:16. Even unto the morrow after the seventh week be expired, that is
to say, fifty days: and so you shall offer a new sacrifice to the Lord.
23:17. Out of all your dwellings, two loaves of the firstfruits, of two
tenths of flour leavened, which you shall bake for the firstfruits of
23:18. And you shall offer with the loaves seven lambs without blemish
of the first year, and one calf from the herd, and they shall be for a
holocaust with their two rams: and they shall be for a holocaust with
their libations for a most sweet odour to the Lord.
23:19. You shall offer also a buck goat for sin, and two lambs of the
first year for sacrifices of peace offerings.
23:20. And when the priest hath lifted them up with the loaves of the
firstfruits before the Lord, they shall fall to his use.
23:21. And you shall call this day most solemn, and most holy. You
shall do no servile work therein. It shall be an everlasting ordinance
in all your dwellings and generations.
23:22. And when you reap the corn of your land, you shall not cut it to
the very ground: neither shall you gather the ears that remain. But you
shall leave them for the poor and for the strangers. I am the Lord your
23:23. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
23:24. Say to the children of Israel: The seventh month, on the first
day of the month, you shall keep a sabbath, a memorial, with the sound
of trumpets, and it shall be called holy.
23:25. You shall do no servile work therein, and you shall offer a
holocaust to the Lord.
23:26. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
23:27. Upon the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the day of
atonement. It shall be most solemn, and shall be called holy: and you
shall await your souls on that day, and shall offer a holocaust to the
23:28. You shall do no servile work in the time of this day: because it
is a day of propitiation, that the Lord your God may be merciful unto
23:29. Every soul that is not afflicted on this day, shall perish from
among his people.
23:30. And every soul that shall do any work, the same will I destroy
from among his people.
23:31. You shall do no work therefore on that day: it shall be an
everlasting ordinance unto you in all your generations, and dwellings.
23:32. It is a sabbath of rest, and you shall afflict your souls
beginning on the ninth day of the month. From evening until evening you
shall celebrate your sabbaths.
23:33. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
23:34. Say to the children of Israel: From the fifteenth day of this
same seventh month, shall be kept the feast of tabernacles, seven days
to the Lord.
23:35. The first day shall be called most solemn and most holy: you
shall do no servile work therein. And seven days you shall offer
holocausts to the Lord.
23:36. The eighth day also shall be most solemn and most holy: and you
shall offer holocausts to the Lord. For it is the day of assembly and
congregation. You shall do no servile work therein.
23:37. These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall call most
solemn and most holy, and shall offer on them oblations to the Lord:
holocausts and libations according to the rite of every day.
23:38. Besides the sabbaths of the Lord, and your gifts, and those
things that you offer by vow, or which you shall give to the Lord
23:39. So from the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you shall
have gathered in all the fruits of your land, you shall celebrate the
feast of the Lord seven days. On the first day and the eighth shall be
a sabbath: that is a day of rest.
23:40. And you shall take to you on the first day the fruits of the
fairest tree, and branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick trees,
and willows of the brook: And you shall rejoice before the Lord your
23:41. And you shall keep the solemnity thereof seven days in the year.
It shall be an everlasting ordinance in your generations. In the
seventh month shall you celebrate this feast.
23:42. And you shall dwell in bowers seven days. Every one that is of
the race of Israel, shall dwell in tabernacles:
23:43. That your posterity may know, that I made the children of Israel
to dwell in tabernacles, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.
I am the Lord your God.
23:44. And Moses spoke concerning the feasts of the Lord to the
children of Israel.
Leviticus Chapter 24
The oil for the lamps. The loaves of proposition. The punishment of
24:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
24:2. Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee the
finest and clearest oil of olives, to furnish the lamps continually,
24:3. Without the veil of the testimony in the tabernacle of the
covenant. And Aaron shall set them from evening until morning before
the Lord, by a perpetual service and rite in your generations.
24:4. They shall be set upon the most pure candlestick before the Lord
24:5. Thou shalt take also fine flour, and shalt bake twelve loaves
thereof, two tenths shall be in every loaf.
24:6. And thou shalt set them six and six, one against another, upon
the most clean table before the Lord.
24:7. And thou shalt put upon them the clearest frankincense, that the
bread may be for a memorial of the oblation of the Lord.
24:8. Every sabbath they shall be changed before the Lord: being
received of the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
24:9. And they shall be Aaron's and his sons', that they may eat them
in the holy place: because it is most holy of the sacrifices of the
Lord by a perpetual right.
24:10. And behold there went out the son of a woman of Israel, whom she
had of an Egyptian, among the children of Israel: and fell at words in
the camp with a man of Israel.
24:11. And when he had blasphemed the name, and had cursed it, he was
brought to Moses. (Now his mother was called Salumith, the daughter of
Dabri, of the tribe of Dan.)
24:12. And they put him into prison, till they might know what the Lord
24:13. And the Lord spoke to Moses,
24:14. Saying: Bring forth the blasphemer without the camp: and let
them that heard him, put their hands upon his head: and let all the
people stone him.
24:15. And thou shalt speak to the children of Israel: The man that
curseth his God, shall bear his sin:
24:16. And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, dying let him die.
All the multitude shall stone him, whether he be a native or a
stranger. He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, dying let him die.
24:17. He that striketh and killeth a man: dying let him die.
24:18. He that killeth a beast, shall make it good that is to say,
shall give beast for beast.
24:19. He that giveth a blemish to any of his neighbours: as he hath
done, so shall it be done to him:
24:20. Breach for breach, eye for ere, tooth for tooth, shall he
restore. What blemish he gave, the like shall he be compelled to
24:21. He that striketh a beast, shall render another. He that striketh
a man shall be punished.
24:22. Let there be equal judgment among you, whether he be a stranger,
or a native that offends: because I am the Lord your God.
24:23. And Moses spoke to the children of Israel. And they brought
forth him that had blasphemed, without the camp: and they stoned him.
And the children of Israel did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Leviticus Chapter 25
The law of the seventh and of the fiftieth year of jubilee.
25:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses in mount Sinai, saying:
25:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When
you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, observe the
rest of the sabbath of the Lord.
25:3. Six years thou shalt sow thy field and six years thou shalt prune
thy vineyard, and shalt gather the fruits thereof.
25:4. But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath to the land, of
the resting of the Lord. Thou shalt not sow thy field, nor prune thy
25:5. What the ground shall bring forth of itself, thou shalt not reap:
neither shalt thou gather the grapes or the firstfruits as a vintage.
For it is a year of rest to the land.
25:6. But they shall be unto you for meat, to thee and to thy
manservant, to thy maidservant and thy hireling, and to the strangers
that sojourn with thee.
25:7. All things that grow shall be meat to thy beasts and to thy
25:8. Thou shalt also number to thee seven weeks of years: that is to
say, seven times seven, which together make forty-nine years.
25:9. And thou shalt sound the trumpet in the seventh month, the tenth
day of the month, in the time of the expiation in all your land.
25:10. And thou shalt sanctify the fiftieth year, and shalt proclaim
remission to all the inhabitants of thy land: for it is the year of
jubilee. Every man shall return to his possession, and every one shall
go back to his former family:
Remission. . .That is, a general release and discharge from debts and
bondage, and a reinstating of every man in his former possessions.
25:11. Because it is the jubilee and the fiftieth year. You shall not
sow, nor reap the things that grow in the field of their own accord,
neither shall you gather the firstfruits of the vines,
25:12. Because of the sanctification of the jubilee. But as they grow
you shall presently eat them.
25:13. In the year of the jubilee all shall return to their
25:14. When thou shalt sell any thing to thy neighbour, or shalt buy of
him: grieve not thy brother. But thou shalt buy of him according to the
number of years from the jubilee.
25:15. And he shall sell to thee according to the computation of the
25:16. The more years remain after the jubilee, the more shall the
price increase: and the less time is counted, so much the less shall
the purchase cost. For he shall sell to thee the time of the fruits.
25:17. Do not afflict your countrymen: but let every one fear his God.
Because I am the Lord your God.
25:18. Do my precepts, and keep my judgments, and fulfil them: that you
may dwell in the land without any fear.
25:19. And the ground may yield you its fruits, of which you may eat
your fill, fearing no man's invasion.
25:20. But if you say: What shall we eat the seventh year, if we sow
not, nor gather our fruits?
25:21. I will give you my blessing the sixth year: and it shall yield
the fruits of three years.
25:22. And the eighth year you shall sow, and shall eat of the old
fruits, until the ninth year: till new grow up, you shall eat the old
25:23. The land also shall not be sold for ever: because it is mine,
and you are strangers and sojourners with me.
25:24. For which cause all the country of your possession shall be
under the condition of redemption.
25:25. If thy brother being impoverished sell his little possession,
and his kinsman will: he may redeem what he had sold.
25:26. But if he have no kinsman, and he himself can find the price to
25:27. The value of the fruits shall be counted from that time when he
sold it. And the overplus he shall restore to the buyer, and so shall
receive his possession again.
25:28. But if his hands find not the means to repay the price, the
buyer shall have what he bought, until the year of the jubilee. For in
that year all that is sold shall return to the owner, and to the
25:29. He that selleth a house within the walls of a city, shall have
the liberty to redeem it, until one year be expired.
25:30. If he redeem it not, and the whole year be fully out, the buyer
shall possess it, and his posterity for ever, and it cannot be
redeemed, not even in the jubilee.
25:31. But if the house be in a village, that hath no walls, it shall
be sold according to the same law as the fields. If it be not redeemed
before, in the jubilee it shall return to the owner.
25:32. The houses of Levites, which are in cities, may always be
25:33. If they be not redeemed, in the jubilee they shall all return to
the owners: because the houses of the cities of the Levites are for
their possessions among the children of Israel.
25:34. But let not their suburbs be sold, because it is a perpetual
25:35. If thy brother be impoverished, and weak of hand, and thou
receive him as a stranger and sojourner, and he live with thee:
25:36. Take not usury of him nor more than thou gavest. Fear thy God,
that thy brother may live with thee.
25:37. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury: nor exact of him
any increase of fruits.
25:38. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, that I might give you the land of Chanaan, and might be your
25:39. If thy brother constrained by poverty, sell himself to thee:
thou shalt not oppress him with the service of bondservants.
25:40. But he shall be as a hireling, and a sojourner: he shall work
with thee until the year of the jubilee.
25:41. And afterwards he shall go out with his children: and shall
return to his kindred and to the possession of his fathers.
25:42. For they are my servants, and I brought them out of the land of
Egypt: let them not be sold as bondmen.
25:43. Afflict him not by might: but fear thy God.
25:44. Let your bondmen, and your bondwomen, be of the nations that are
round about you:
25:45. And of the strangers that sojourn among you, or that were born
of them in your land. These you shall have for servants:
25:46. And by right of inheritance shall leave them to your posterity,
and shall possess them for ever. But oppress not your brethren the
children of Israel by might.
25:47. If the hand of a stranger or a sojourner grow strong among you,
and thy brother being impoverished sell himself to him, or to any of
25:48. After the sale he may be redeemed. He that will of his brethren
shall redeem him:
25:49. Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, or his kinsman, by blood,
or by affinity. But if he himself be able also, he shall redeem
25:50. Counting only the years from the time of his selling unto the
year of the jubilee: and counting the money that he was sold for,
according to the number of the years and the reckoning of a hired
25:51. If there be many years that remain until the jubilee, according
to them shall he also repay the price.
25:52. If few, he shall make the reckoning with him according to the
number of the years: and shall repay to the buyer of what remaineth of
25:53. His wages being allowed for which he served before: he shall not
afflict him violently in thy sight.
25:54. And if by these means he cannot be redeemed, in the year of the
jubilee he shall go out with his children.
25:55. For the children of Israel are my servants, whom I brought forth
out of the land of Egypt.
Leviticus Chapter 26
God's promises to them that keep his commandments. And the many
punishments with which he threatens transgressors.
26:1. I am the Lord your God. You shall not make to yourselves any idol
or graven thing: neither shall you erect pillars, nor set up a
remarkable stone in your land, to adore it. For I am the Lord your God.
26:2. Keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
26:3. If you walk in my precepts, and keep my commandments, and do
them, I will give you rain in due seasons.
26:4. And the ground shall bring forth its increase: and the trees
shall be filled with fruit.
26:5. The threshing of your harvest shall reach unto the vintage, and
the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and you shall eat your
bread to the full, and dwell in your land without fear.
26:6. I will give peace in your coasts: you shall sleep, and there
shall be none to make you afraid. I will take away evil beasts: and the
sword shall not pass through your quarters.
26:7. You shall pursue your enemies: and they shall fall before you.
26:8. Five of yours shall pursue a hundred others: and a hundred of you
ten thousand. Your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
26:9. I will look on you, and make you increase: you shall be
multiplied, and I will establish my covenant with you.
26:10. You shall eat the oldest of the old store: and, new coming on,
you shall cast away the old.
26:11. I will set my tabernacle in the midst of you: and my soul shall
not cast you off.
26:12. I will walk among you, and will be your God: and you shall be my
26:13. I am the Lord your God: who have brought you out of the land of
the Egyptians, that you should not serve them: and who have broken the
chains of your necks, that you might go upright.
26:14. But if you will not hear me, nor do all my commandments:
26:15. If you despise my laws, and contemn my judgments so as not to do
those things which are appointed by me, and to make void my covenant:
26:16. I also will do these things to you. I will quickly visit you
with poverty, and burning heat, which shall waste your eyes, and
consume your lives. You shall sow your seed in vain, which shall be
devoured by your enemies.
26:17. I will set my face against you, and you shall fall down before
your enemies: and shall be made subject to them that hate you. You
shall flee when no man pursueth you.
26:18. But if you will not yet for all this obey me: I will chastise
you seven times more for your sins.
26:19. And I will break the pride of your stubbornness: and I will make
to you the heaven above as iron, and the earth as brass.
26:20. Your labour shall be spent in vain: the ground shall not bring
forth her increase: nor the trees yield their fruit.
26:21. If you walk contrary to me, and will not hearken to me, I will
bring seven times more plagues upon you for your sins.
26:22. And I will send in upon you the beasts of the field, to destroy
you and your cattle, and make you few in number: and that your highways
may be desolate.
26:23. And if even so you will not amend, but will walk contrary to me:
26:24. I also will walk contrary to you, and will strike you seven
times for your sins.
26:25. And I will bring in upon you the sword that shall avenge my
covenant. And when you shall flee into the cities, I will send the
pestilence in the midst of you. And you shall be delivered into the
hands of your enemies,
26:26. After I shall have broken the staff of your bread: so that ten
women shall bake your bread in one oven, and give it out by weight: and
you shall eat, and shall not be filled,
26:27. But if you will not for all this hearken to me, but will walk
26:28. I will also go against you with opposite fury: and I will
chastise you with seven plagues for your sins,
26:29. So that you shall eat the flesh of your sons and of your
26:30. I will destroy your high places, and break your idols. You shall
fall among the ruins of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
26:31. Insomuch that I will bring your cities to be a wilderness: and I
will make your sanctuaries desolate: and will receive no more your
26:32. And I will destroy your land: and your enemies shall be
astonished at it, when they shall be the inhabitants thereof.
26:33. And I will scatter you among the Gentiles: and I will draw out
the sword after you. And your land shall be desert, and your cities
26:34. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths all the days of her
desolation. When you shall be
26:35. In the enemy's land, she shall keep a sabbath, and rest in the
sabbaths of her desolation: because she did not rest in your sabbaths,
when you dwelt therein.
26:36. And as to them that shall remain of you I will send fear in
their hearts in the countries of their enemies. The sound of a flying
leaf shall terrify them: and they shall flee as it were from the sword.
They shall fall, when no man pursueth them.
26:37. And they shall every one fall upon their brethren as fleeing
from wars: none of you shall dare to resist your enemies.
26:38. You shall perish among the Gentiles: and an enemy's land shall
26:39. And if of them also some remain, they shall pine away in their
iniquities, in the land of their enemies: and they shall be afflicted
for the sins of their fathers, and their own.
26:40. Until they confess their iniquities, and the iniquities of their
ancestors, whereby they have transgressed against me, and walked
contrary unto me.
26:41. Therefore I also will walk against them, and bring them into
their enemies' land until their uncircumcised mind be ashamed. Then
shall they pray for their sins.
26:42. And I will remember my covenant, that I made with Jacob, and
Isaac, and Abraham. I will remember also the land:
26:43. Which when she shall be left by them, shall enjoy her sabbaths,
being desolate for them. But they shall pray for their sins, because
they rejected my judgments, and despised my laws.
26:44. And yet for all that when they were in the land of their
enemies, I did not cast them off altogether. Neither did I so despise
them that they should be quite consumed: and I should make void my
covenant with them. For I am the Lord their God.
26:45. And I will remember my former covenant, when I brought them out
of the land of Egypt, in the sight of the Gentiles, to be their God. I
am the Lord. These are the judgments, and precepts, and laws, which the
Lord gave between him and the children of Israel, in mount Sinai, by
the hand of Moses.
Leviticus Chapter 27