Levítico 18

1 Jehovah told Moses:

2 »Speak to the people of Israel and say: ‘I am Jehovah your God!

3 »‘Do not follow the customs of Egypt where you used to live or those of Canaan where I am bringing you.

4 »‘I am Jehovah your God! You must obey my teachings.

5 »‘Obey them and you will live. I am Jehovah.

6 »‘Do not have sex with any of your close relatives,

7 especially your own mother. This would disgrace your father.

8 »‘Do not disgrace him by having sex with any of his other wives.

9 »‘Never have sexual intercourse with your stepsister, whether she is your father's daughter or your mother's daughter. It makes no difference whether or not she was born in your house.

10 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with your granddaughter, whether she is your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, because she is related to you.

11 »‘Never have sexual intercourse with a daughter of your father and his wife. She is your own sister.

12 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with your father's sister. She is your paternal aunt.

13 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with your mother's sister. She is your maternal aunt.

14 »‘Never have sexual intercourse with the wife of your father's brother. She, too, is your aunt.

15 »‘Never have sexual intercourse with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife. Never have sexual intercourse with her.

16 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with your sister-in-law. She is your brother's wife.

17 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with a woman and her daughter or a woman and her granddaughter. They are related. Doing this is perverted.

18 »‘While your wife is living, never marry her sister as a rival wife and have sexual intercourse with her.

19 »‘Never have sexual intercourse with a woman while she is unclean during her monthly period.

20 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with your neighbor's wife and become unclean with her.

21 »‘Never give your children as sacrifices to the god Molech by burning them alive. If you do, you are dishonoring the name of your God. I am Jehovah!

22 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with a man as with a woman. It is disgusting.

23 »‘Do not have sexual intercourse with any animal and become unclean with it. A woman must never offer herself to an animal for sexual intercourse. It is unnatural.

24 »‘Do not become unclean in any of these ways. By these practices all the nations that I am forcing out of your way have become unclean.

25 »‘The land has become unclean. I will punish it for its sins. The land will vomit out those who live in it.

26 »‘Live by my standards, and obey my rules. Neither you nor any foreigner should ever do any of these disgusting things.

27 »‘The people of the land who were there before you did all these disgusting things. As a result, the land has become unclean.

28 »‘If you make the land unclean, it will vomit you out as it has vomited out the people who were there before you.

29 »‘Whoever does any of these disgusting things must be excluded from the people.

30 »‘Therefore you must follow my instructions. Do not live by the standards of the people who lived there before you. What they do is disgusting. Never become unclean that way. I am Jehovah your God!’«