Êxodo 23

1 »Do not spread false rumors. Do not help a guilty person by offering false testimony.

2 »Do not follow the majority to do wrong. Do not give testimony that perverts justice.

3 »Do not show partiality to a poor man at his trial.

4 »If you see your enemy’s cow or donkey running loose, take it back to him.

5 »If your enemy’s donkey falls under its load, help him get the donkey to its feet again. Do not just walk away.

6 »Do not deny justice to a poor person at his trial.

7 »Do not make false accusations. Do not put an innocent person to death. I will condemn anyone who does this evil thing.

8 »Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe makes the discerning blind to what is right and perverts the words of the righteous.

9 »Do not mistreat a foreigner. You know how it feels to be a foreigner. After all you were foreigners in Egypt.

10 »Plant your land and gather in what it produces for six years.

11 »Let your land rest the seventh year. Do not harvest anything that grows on it. The poor may eat what grows there. The wild animals may have what is left. Do the same with your vineyards and your olive trees.

12 »Work six days a week. Do no work on the seventh day. Allow your slaves and the foreigners who work for you and even your animals to rest.

13 »Listen to everything Jehovah has said to you. Do not pray to other gods! Do not even mention their names.

14 »Celebrate three festivals a year to honor me.

15 »In the month of Abib, the month in which you left Egypt, celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread in the way that I commanded you. Do not eat any bread made with yeast during the seven days of this festival. Never come to worship me without bringing an offering.

16 »Celebrate the Harvest Festival when you begin to harvest your crops. Celebrate the Festival of Shelters in the autumn, when you gather the fruit from your vineyards and orchards.

17 »All your males should appear before Jehovah God three times a year.

18 »Do not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread. Do not allow the fat of my feast to remain overnight until morning.

19 »Bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of Jehovah your God. Do not boil a young goat in the milk of its mother.

20 »I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place that I have prepared.

21 »Be on your guard before him and obey his voice. Do not be rebellious toward him. He will not pardon your transgression, since my name is in him. He has my honor, authority and character

22 »If you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

23 »My messenger will go ahead of you. I will lead you to the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites. I will wipe them out.

24 »Do not worship or serve their gods or follow their practices. You must destroy their gods and crush their sacred stones.

25 »You must serve Jehovah your God! I will bless your food and water. I will take away all sickness from among you.

26 »No woman in your land will miscarry or be unable to have children. I will let you live a normal life span.

27 »I will send my terror ahead of you and throw any nation you meet into a panic. I will make all your enemies flee from you.

28 »I will throw your enemies into panic! I will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites as you advance.

29 »I will not drive them out within a year’s time. If I did, the land would become deserted. There would be too many wild animals for you.

30 »I will drive them a few at a time, until there are enough of you to take possession of the land.

31 »I will make the borders of your land extend from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Mediterranean Sea and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give you power over the inhabitants of the land. You will drive them out as you advance.

32 »Do not make any agreement with them or with their gods.

33 »Do not allow them to live in your land for they will make you sin against me. If you serve their gods it will be a snare to you.«