Leviticus 20:1-27

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Leviticus 20

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

6And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

7Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

8And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

9For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

10And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

11And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

12And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

14And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

15And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

16And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

17And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

18And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

19And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

20And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.

21And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

22Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

23And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

24But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

25Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

26And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

27A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

Chronology of the Book of Leviticus

Ch. 1 Burnt offerings of the herds, flocks, and fowls Text Table
Ch. 2 Meat offerings Text Table
Ch. 3 Peace offerings of the herds and flocks Text Table
Ch. 4 Sin offering of ignorance for the priest, the congregation, for a ruler, or any of the people Text Table
Ch. 5 Trespass offerings for concealing uncleanness, vows, or for sacrilege or sins of ignorance Text Table
Ch. 6 Trespass offerings for sins done wittingly; burnt offerings; meat offerings; sin offerings Text Table
Ch. 7 The law of the trespass offering; the peace offerings; fat and blood are forbidden; the priests’ portion Text Table
Ch. 8 Aaron and sons are consecrated; their sin offering; burnt offering; aspects of their consecration Text
Ch. 9 Aaron’s sin offering and burnt offering for himself and the people Text
Ch. 10 Nadab and Abihu burned; priests forbidden wine when they enter the tabernacle; the law of eating holy things Text
Ch. 11 Of meats clean and unclean Text Table
Ch. 12 Purification of a woman after childbirth; her offerings Text
Ch. 13 Laws and tokens for discerning leprosy Text
Ch. 14 Cleansing of a leper; signs of leprosy in a house; cleansing the house Text
Ch. 15 Unclean issues of men and women; their cleansing Text
Ch. 16 How the priest must enter the holy place; sin offerings for himself and the people; the scapegoat; the feast of expiations Text
Ch. 17 Blood of beasts must be offered at the tabernacle door; eating of blood forbidden Text
Ch. 18 Unlawful marriages and lusts Text
Ch. 19 Various laws Text
Ch. 20 Giving seed to Molech; of going to wizards; of sanctification; of cursing parents; of adultery; incest; sodomy Text
Ch. 21 Priests’ mourning; their holiness; their marriages; blemished priests must not minister in the sanctuary Text
Ch. 22 Unclean priests must abstain from holy things; who may eat the holy things; unblemished sacrifices Text
Ch. 23 Feasts; the Sabbath; the passover; the day of atonement; the feast of tabernacles Text
Ch. 24 Oil for the lamps; the shewbread; of murder; the blasphemer stoned Text
Ch. 25 Seventh year sabbath; the year of jubile; of redeeming servants Text
Ch. 26 Of idolatry; of religiousness; blessings for obedience; curses for disobedience; a promise to the penitent Text
Ch. 27 Concerning vows; the Lord’s firstlings; no devoted thing may be redeemed; the tithe may not be changed Text


This book was so named because it treats of laws of service and worship of special importance to the Tribe of Levi. It has been aptly called ‘the Handbook of the Priests.” Many basic precepts of the New Testament are foreshadowed in this book, such as the seriousness of sin in God’s sight, the necessity of atonement for sin, the holiness of God, and the necessity of a mediator between God and man.

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