Levítico 20

1 Jehovah continued to speak to Moses:

2 »Tell the Israelites: ‘If Israelites or foreigners living among you give one of their children as a sacrifice to the god Molech, they must be put to death. The common people must stone them to death.

3 »‘I will condemn them and exclude them from the people. They gave one of their children to Molech. They made my holy tent unclean, and dishonored my holy name.

4 »‘If the people of the land ignore those who give their children to Molech and do not put them to death,

5 »‘I will condemn them and their families. I will exclude them from the people. I will exclude from the people everyone who chases after Molech as if he were a prostitute.

6 »‘If any of you go for advice to people who consult the spirits of the dead, I will turn against you and will no longer consider you one of my people.

7 »‘Keep consecrate yourselves holy, because I am Jehovah your God!

8 »‘Obey my laws, because I am Jehovah and I make you holy.

9 »‘Jehovah gave the following regulations. Any of you that curse your father or mother shall be put to death. You are responsible for your own death.

10 »‘If a man commits adultery with the wife of an Israelite, both he and the woman should be put to death.

11 »‘A man who has intercourse with one of his father's wives disgraces his father. Both he and the woman must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death.

12 »‘If a man has sexual intercourse with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death. They have done a disgusting thing and deserve to die.

13 »‘When a man has sexual intercourse with another man as with a woman, both men are doing something disgusting and must be put to death. They deserve to die!

14 »‘When a man marries a woman and her mother, they have done a perverted thing. The man and the two women must be burned. Never do this perverted thing.

15 »‘If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he and the animal must be put to death.

16 »‘If a woman tries to have sexual relations with an animal, she and the animal must be put to death. They are responsible for their own death.

17 »‘If a man marries his sister or half sister, they must be publicly disgraced and driven out of the community. He has had intercourse with his sister and must suffer the consequences.

18 »‘If a man has intercourse with a woman during her monthly period, both of them are to be driven out of the community, because they have broken the regulations about ritual uncleanness.

19 »‘When a man has intercourse with his aunt, both of them must suffer the consequences for incest.

20 »‘Whoever has sexual intercourse with his uncle's wife violates his uncle's marriage. That man and woman are guilty of sin. They will die without children.

21 »‘He who marries his brother's wife violates his brother's marriage and does an unclean thing. That man and woman will have no children.

22 »‘If you carefully obey all my laws and my rules, the land I am bringing you to live in will not vomit you out.

23 »‘The nations I am chasing out did these disgusting things. I hated them for it! So do not follow their example.

24 »‘I am Jehovah your God. I have promised you their land that is rich with milk and honey. I have chosen you to be different from other people.

25 »‘That is why you must make a difference between animals and birds that I have said are clean and unclean. This will keep you from becoming disgusting to me.

26 »‘I am Jehovah, the Holy God. You have been chosen to be my people, and so you must be holy too.

27 »‘If you claim to receive messages from the dead, you will be put to death by stoning, just as you deserve.