THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Leviticus (Author Moses)

17:1¤ And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

17:2Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel, saying to them: This is the word, which the Lord hath commanded, saying:

17:3Any 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,

17:4And 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.

17:5Therefore 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.

17:6And 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.

17:7And 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.

17:8And 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 victim,

17:9And bringeth it not to the door of the tabernacle of the testimony, that it may be offered to the Lord, shall perish from among his people.

17:10If 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.

17:11Because 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.

17:12Therefore I have said to the children of Israel: No soul of you, nor of the strangers that sojourn among you, shall eat blood.

17:13Any 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.

17:14For 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.

17:15The 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.

17:16But if he do not wash his clothes, and his body, he shall bear his iniquity.

18:1¤ And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

18:2Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: I am the Lord your God.

18:3You 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 their ordinances.

18:4You shall do my judgments, and shall observe my precepts, and shall walk in them. I am the Lord your God.

18:5Keep my laws and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them, I am the Lord.

18:6No man shall approach to her that is near of kin to him, to uncover her nakedness. I am the Lord.

18:7Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother: she is thy mother, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:8Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife: for it is the nakedness of thy father.

18:9Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy sister by father or by mother: whether born at home or abroad.

18:10Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy son's daughter, or thy daughter's daughter: because it is thy own nakedness.

18:11Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, whom she bore to thy father: and who is thy sister.

18:12Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: because she is the flesh of thy father.

18:13Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: because she is thy mother's flesh.

18:14Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother: neither shalt thou approach to his wife, who is joined to thee by affinity.

18:15Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: because she is thy son's wife, neither shalt thou discover her shame.

18:16Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: because it is the nakedness of thy brother.

18:17Thou 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.

18:18Thou shalt not take thy wife's sister for a harlot, to rival her: neither shalt thou discover her nakedness, while she is yet living.

18:19Thou shalt not approach to a woman having her flowers: neither shalt thou uncover her nakedness.

18:20Thou shalt not lie with thy neighbour's wife: nor be defiled with mingling of seed.

18:21Thou 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.

18:22Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: because it is an abomination.

18:23Thou 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.

18:24Defile not yourselves with any of these things with which all the nations have been defiled, which I will cast out before you,

18:25And with which the land is defiled: the abominations of which I will visit, that it may vomit out its inhabitants.

18:26Keep 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.

18:27For all these detestable things the inhabitants of the land have done, that were before you, and have defiled it.

18:28Beware 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.

18:29Every soul that shall commit any of these abominations, shall perish from the midst of his people.

18:30Keep my commandments. Do not the things which they have done, that have been before you: and be not defiled therein. I am the Lord your God.

19:1¤ The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

19:2Speak 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.

19:3Let every one fear his father, and his mother. Keep my sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.

19:4Turn ye not to idols: nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your God.

19:5If ye offer in sacrifice a peace offering to the Lord, that he may be favourable:

19:6You 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 with fire.

19:7If after two days any man eat thereof, he shall be profane and guilty of impiety:

19:8And shall bear his iniquity, because he hath defiled the holy thing of the Lord. And that soul shall perish from among his people.

19:9When 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.

19:10Neither 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.

19:11You shall not steal. You shall not lie: neither shall any man deceive his neighbour.

19:12Thou shalt not swear falsely by my name, nor profane the name of thy God. I am the Lord.

19:13Thou 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.

19:14Thou 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 the Lord.

19:15Thou 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.

19:16Thou 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.

19:17Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: But reprove him openly, lest thou incur sin through him.

19:18Seek not revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of thy citizens. Thou shalt love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord.

19:19Keep 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.

19:20If 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.

19:21And for his trespass he shall offer a ram to the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of the testimony.

19:22And 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.

19:23When 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 them.

19:24But in the fourth year, all their fruit shall be sanctified, to the praise of the Lord.

19:25And in the fifth year you shall eat the fruits thereof, gathering the increase thereof. I am the Lord your God.

19:26You shall not eat with blood. You shall not divine nor observe dreams.

19:27Nor shall you cut your hair roundwise: nor shave your beard.

19:28You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead: neither shall you make in yourselves any figures or marks. I am the Lord.

19:29Make not thy daughter a common strumpet, lest the land be defiled, and filled with wickedness.

19:30Keep ye my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

19:31Go not aside after wizards: neither ask any thing of soothsayers, to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

19:32Rise up before the hoary head, and honour the person of the aged man: and fear the Lord thy God. I am the Lord.

19:33If a stranger dwell in your land, and abide among you, do not upbraid him:

19:34But 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.

19:35Do not any unjust thing in judgment, in rule, in weight, or in measure.

19:36Let 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.

19:37Keep all my precepts, and all my judgments: and do them. I am the Lord.



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