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Passage Lookup: Leviticus 17-18

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Leviticus 17:1
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Eating Blood Forbidden

The Lord said to Moses,
Leviticus 17:2
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"Speak to Aaron and his sons(a) and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded:
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Leviticus 17:3
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Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,[a] a lamb(b) or a goat(c) in the camp or outside of it
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Leviticus 17:4
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instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting(d) to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord (e)—that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people.(f)
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Leviticus 17:5
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This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord , at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings.(g)
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Leviticus 17:6
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The priest is to splash the blood against the altar(h) of the Lord (i) at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord .(j)
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Leviticus 17:7
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They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols[b](k) to whom they prostitute themselves.(l) This is to be a lasting ordinance(m) for them and for the generations to come.'(n)
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Leviticus 17:8
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"Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice
Leviticus 17:9
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and does not bring it to the entrance to the tent(o) of meeting(p) to sacrifice it to the Lord (q) must be cut off from the people of Israel.
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Leviticus 17:10
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"‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood,(r) and I will cut them off from the people.
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Leviticus 17:11
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For the life of a creature is in the blood,(s) and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.[c](t)
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Leviticus 17:12
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Therefore I say to the Israelites, "None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood."
Leviticus 17:13
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"‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,(u)
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Leviticus 17:14
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because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off."(v)
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Leviticus 17:15
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"‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything(w) found dead or torn by wild animals(x) must wash their clothes and bathe with water,(y) and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening;(z) then they will be clean.
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Leviticus 17:16
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But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.(aa)'"
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Leviticus 18:1
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Unlawful Sexual Relations

The Lord said to Moses,
Leviticus 18:2
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"Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God.(a)
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Leviticus 18:3
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You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.(b)
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Leviticus 18:4
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You must obey my laws(c) and be careful to follow my decrees.(d) I am the Lord your God.(e)
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Leviticus 18:5
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Keep my decrees and laws,(f) for the person who obeys them will live by them.(g) I am the Lord .
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Leviticus 18:6
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"‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord .
Leviticus 18:7
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"‘Do not dishonor your father(h) by having sexual relations with your mother.(i) She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
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Leviticus 18:8
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife;(j) that would dishonor your father.(k)
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Leviticus 18:9
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister,(l) either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.(m)
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Leviticus 18:10
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.
Leviticus 18:11
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
Leviticus 18:12
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister;(n) she is your father's close relative.
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Leviticus 18:13
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister,(o) because she is your mother's close relative.
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Leviticus 18:14
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"‘Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.(p)
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Leviticus 18:15
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law.(q) She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.(r)
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Leviticus 18:16
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife;(s) that would dishonor your brother.
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Leviticus 18:17
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter.(t) Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
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Leviticus 18:18
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"‘Do not take your wife's sister(u) as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
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Leviticus 18:19
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"‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness(v) of her monthly period.(w)
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Leviticus 18:20
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife(x) and defile yourself with her.
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Leviticus 18:21
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"‘Do not give any of your children(y) to be sacrificed to Molek,(z) for you must not profane the name of your God.(aa) I am the Lord .(ab)
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Leviticus 18:22
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman;(ac) that is detestable.(ad)
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Leviticus 18:23
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"‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.(ae)
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Leviticus 18:24
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"‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you(af) became defiled.(ag)
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Leviticus 18:25
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Even the land was defiled;(ah) so I punished it for its sin,(ai) and the land vomited out its inhabitants.(aj)
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Leviticus 18:26
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But you must keep my decrees and my laws.(ak) The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things,
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Leviticus 18:27
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for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.
Leviticus 18:28
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And if you defile the land,(al) it will vomit you out(am) as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
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Leviticus 18:29
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"‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people.
Leviticus 18:30
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Keep my requirements(an) and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.(ao)'"
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