- And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 18:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, I am the Lord your God.
Lev 18:3 Ye shall not do according to the devices of Egypt, in which ye dwelt: and according to the devices of the land of Chanaan, into which I bring you, ye shall not do; and ye shall not walk in their ordinances.
Lev 18:4 Ye shall observe my judgments, and shall keep my ordinances, and shall walk in them; I am the Lord your God.
Lev 18:5 So ye shall keep all my ordinances, and all my judgments, and do them; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord your God.
Lev 18:6 No man shall draw nigh to any of his near kindred to uncover their nakedness; I am the Lord.
Lev 18:7 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, for she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:8 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife; it is thy father's nakedness.
Lev 18:9 The nakedness of thy sister by thy father or by thy mother, born at home or abroad, their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
Lev 18:10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or thy daughter's daughter, their nakedness thou shalt not uncover; because it is thy nakedness.
Lev 18:11 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of the daughter of thy father's wife; she is thy sister by the same father: thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister, for she is near skin to thy father.
Lev 18:13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, for she is near akin to thy mother.
Lev 18:14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, and thou shalt not go in to his wife; for she is thy relation.
Lev 18:15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter-in-law, for she is thy son's wife, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife; it is thy brother's nakedness.
Lev 18:17 The nakedness of a woman and her daughter shalt thou not uncover; her son's daughter, and her daughter's daughter, shalt thou not take, to uncover their nakedness, for they are thy kinswomen: it is impiety.
Lev 18:18 Thou shalt not take a wife in addition to her sister, as a rival, to uncover her nakedness in opposition to her, while she is yet living.
Lev 18:19 And thou shalt not go in to a woman under separation for her uncleanness, to uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:20 And thou shalt not lie with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.
Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not give of thy seed to serve a ruler; and thou shalt not profane my holy name; I am the Lord.
Lev 18:22 And thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman, for it is an abomination.
Lev 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any quadruped for copulation, to be polluted with it; neither shall a woman present herself before any quadruped to have connexion with it; for it is an abomination.
Lev 18:24 Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for in all these things the nations are defiled, which I drive out before you,
Lev 18:25 and the land is polluted; and I have recompensed their iniquity to them because of it, and the land is aggrieved with them that dwell upon it.
Lev 18:26 And ye shall keep all my statutes and all my ordinances, and ye shall do none of these abominations; neither the native, nor the stranger that joins himself with you:
Lev 18:27 (for all these abominations the men of the land did who were before you, and the land was defiled,)
Lev 18:28 and lest the land be aggrieved with you in your polluting it, as it was aggrieved with the nations before you.
Lev 18:29 For whosoever shall do any of these abominations, the souls that do them shall be destroyed from among their people.
Lev 18:30 And ye shall keep mine ordinances, that ye may not do any of the abominable practices, which have taken place before your time: and ye shall not be polluted in them; for I am the Lord your God.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]