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The Third Book of Moses

also called Leviticus from the Latin

 

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The 16th Chapter

      And the Lord spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they had offered before the Lord and died: And he said unto Moses: speak unto Aaron thy brother that he go not at all times into the holy place, that is within the veil that hangeth before the mercy seat which is upon the ark that he die not. For I will appear in a cloud upon the mercy seat.
      But of this manner shall Aaron go in into the holy place: with a bullock for a sinoffering, and a ram for a burntoffering. And he shall put the holy linen alb upon him, and shall have a linen breech upon his flesh, and shall gird him with a linen girdle, and put the linen mitre upon his head: for they are holy raiments. And he shall wash his flesh with water, and put them on. And he shall take of the multitude of the children of Israel two goats for a sinoffering and a ram for a burntoffering.
      And Aaron shall offer the bullock his sinoffering and make an atonement for him and for his house. And he shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord in the door of the tabernacle of witness. And Aaron cast lots over the two goats: one lot for the Lord, and another for a scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lords lot fell, and offer him for a sinoffering. But the goat on which the lot fell to escape, he shall set alive before the Lord to reconcile with and to let him go free into the wilderness. And Aaron shall bring the bullock of his sinoffering, and reconcile for himself and for his household, and kill him.
      And then he shall take a censer full of burning coals out of the altar that is before the Lord, and his handful of sweet cense beaten small and bring them within the veil and put the cense upon the fire before the Lord: that the cloud of the cense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the witness, that he die not. And he shall take of the blood of the bullock and sprinkle it with his finger before the mercy seat eastward: even seven times.
      Then shall he kill the goat that is the peoples sinoffering, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with his blood as he did with the blood of the bullock and let him sprinkle it toward the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: and reconcile the holy place from the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and from their trespasses and all their sins. And so let him do also unto the tabernacle of witness that dwelleth with them, even among their uncleannesses.
      And there shall be nobody in the tabernacle of witness, when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out again. And he shall make an atonement for himself and for his household, and for all the multitude of Israel. Then he shall go out unto the altar that standeth before the Lord, and reconcile it, and shall take of the blood of the bullock and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about, and sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the children of Israel.
      And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place and the tabernacle of witness and the altar, let him bring the live goat and let Aaron put both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the misdeeds of the children of Israel, and all their trespasses, and all their sins: and let him put them upon the head of the goat and send him away by the hands of one that is acquainted in the wilderness. And the goat shall bear upon him all their misdeeds unto the wilderness, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.
      And let Aaron go into the tabernacle of witness and put off the linen clothes which he put on when he went in into the holy place, and leave them there. And let him wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his own raiment, and then come out and offer his burntoffering and the burntoffering of the people, and make an atonement for himself and for the people, and the fat of the sinoffering let him burn upon the altar. And let him that carried forth the scapegoat, wash his clothes and bathe his flesh in water, and then come into the host again.       And the bullock of the sinoffering and the goat of the sinoffering (whose blood was brought in to make an atonement in the holy place) let one carry out without the host and burn with fire: both their skins, their flesh and their dung. And let him that burneth them, wash his clothes and bathe his flesh in water, and then come into the host again. And this shall be an ordinance for ever unto you. And even in the tenth day of the seventh month, ye shall humble your souls and shall do no work at all: whether it be one of yourselves or a stranger that sojourneth among you, for that day shall an atonement be made for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the Lord, and ye shall be clean. It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall humble your souls, and it shall be an ordinance for ever.
      And the Priest that is anointed and whose hand was filled to minister in his fathers stead, shall make the atonement and shall put on the holy linen clothes and holy vestments, and reconcile the holy sanctuary and the tabernacle of witness and the altar, and shall make an atonement also for the priests and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting ordinance unto you to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year: and it was done even as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

 

 

The 17th Chapter

      And the Lord talked with Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and unto his sons and unto all the children of Israel and say unto them, this is the thing which the Lord charged saying: whatsoever he be of the house of Israel that killeth an ox, lamb or goat in the host or out of the host and bringeth them not unto the door of the tabernacle of witness, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the dwelling place of the Lord, blood shall be imputed unto that man, as though he had shed blood, and that man shall perish from among his people.
      Wherefore let the children of Israel bring their offerings they offer in the wide field, unto the Lord: even unto the door of the tabernacle of witness and unto the priest, and offer them for peaceofferings unto the Lord. And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the Lord in the door of the tabernacle of witness, and burn the fat to be a sweet savour unto the Lord. And let them no more offer their offerings unto devils, after whom they go an whoring. And this shall be an ordinance for ever unto you throughout your generations.
      And thou shalt say unto them: whatsoever man it be of the house of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn among you that offereth a burntoffering or any other offering, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of witness to offer unto the Lord, that fellow shall perish from among his people. And whatsoever man it be of the house of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn among you that eateth any manner of blood, I will set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will destroy him from among his people, for the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it unto you upon the altar, to make an atonement for your souls, for blood shall make an atonement for the soul. And therefore I said unto the children of Israel: see that no soul of you eat blood, nor yet any stranger that sojourneth among you.
      Whatsoever man it be of the children of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn among you that hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten, he shall pour out the blood and cover it with earth. For the life of all flesh is in the blood, therefore I said unto the children of Israel, ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh, for the life of all flesh is in his blood, and whosoever therefore eateth it shall perish. And whatsoever soul it be that eateth that which died alone or that which was torn with wild beasts: whether it be one of yourselves or a stranger, he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and shall be unclean unto the evening, and then is he clean. But and if he wash them not nor wash his flesh he shall bear his sin.

 

 

 

The 18th Chapter

      And the Lord talked with Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God. Wherefore after the doings of the land of Egypt wherein ye dwelt, see that ye do not: neither after the doings of the land of Canaan, whether I will bring you, neither walk ye in their ordinances, but do after my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: for I am the Lord your God. Keep therefore mine ordinances, and my judgments which if a man do he shall live thereby: for I am the Lord.
      See that ye go to none of your nighest kindred for to uncover their secrets, for I am the Lord. The secrets of thy father and thy mother, see thou *unhele not: she is thy mother, therefore shalt thou not discover her secrets. The secrets of thy fathers wife shalt thou not discover, for they are thy fathers secrets. Thou shalt not discover the privity of thy sister, the daughter of thy father or of thy mother: whether she be born at home or without. Thou shalt not discover the secrets of thy sons daughter or thy daughters daughter, for that is thine own privity: Thou shalt not discover the secrets of thy fathers wifes daughter, which she bare to thy father, for she is thy sister: thou shalt therefore not discover her secrets. Thou shalt not uncover the secrets of thy fathers sister, for she is thy fathers next kinswoman. Thou shalt not discover the secrets of thy mothers sister, for she is thy mothers next kinswoman.
      Thou shalt not uncover the secrets of thy fathers brother: that is thou shalt not go in to his wife, for she is thine aunt. Thou shalt not discover the secrets of thy daughter in law she is thy sons wife: therefore uncover not her secrets. Thou shalt not unhele the secrets of thy brothers wife, for that is thy brothers privity. Thou shalt not discover the privities of the wife and her daughter also, neither shalt thou take her sons daughter or her daughters daughter to uncover their secrets, they are her next kin, it were therefore wickedness. Thou shalt not take a wife and her sister thereto, to vex her that thou wouldest open her secrets as long as she liveth. Thou shalt not go unto a woman to uncover her privity, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. Thou shalt not lie with thy neighbors wife, to defile thyself with her. Thou shalt not give of thy seed to offer it unto *Moloch, that thou defile not the name of thy God, for I am the Lord. Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, for that is abomination. Thou shalt lie with no manner of beast to defile thyself therewith, neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto, for that is abomination.
      Defile not yourselves in any of these things, for with all these things are these nations defiled which I cast out before you: and the land is defiled, and I will visit the wickedness thereof upon it. And the land shall spew out her inhabiters. Keep ye therefore mine ordinances and judgements, and see that ye commit none of these abominations: neither any of you nor any stranger that sojourneth among you (for all these abominations have the men of the land done which were there before you, and the land is defiled) lest that the land spew you out when ye have defiled it, as it spewed out the nations that were there before you. For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, the same souls that commit them shall perish from among their people. Therefore see that ye keep mine ordinances, that ye commit none of these abominable customs which were committed before you: that ye defile not yourselves therewith for I am the Lord your God.

 

*unhele: to loose from self control, desires of the flesh ...”private” things and matters of others and between people ...”intimacies”that we are NOT to look to ...for it is outside of the will of God for us to do such things ...kept of heart for Gods loving ordinances. *Moloch= "king" from the Heb RN

 

 

 

The 19th Chapter

      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: speak unto all the multitude of the children of Israel, and say unto them. Be holy for I the Lord your God am holy. See that ye fear every man his father and his mother, and that ye keep my Sabbaths, for I am the Lord your God. Ye shall not turn unto idols nor make you gods of metal: I am the Lord your God.
      When ye offer your peaceofferings unto the Lord, ye shall offer them that ye may be accepted. And it shall be eaten the same day ye offer it and on the morrow, but whatsoever is left on the third day shall be burnt in the fire. If it be eaten the third day, it shall be unclean and not accepted. And he that eateth it shall bear his sin, because he hath defiled the hallowed things of the Lord, and that soul shall perish from among his people.
      When ye reap down the ripe corn of your land, ye shall not reap down the utmost borders of your fields, neither shalt thou gather that which is left behind in thy harvest. Thou shalt not pluck in all thy vineyard clean, neither gather in the grapes that are overscaped. But thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger. I am the Lord your God.
      Ye shall not steal neither lie, neither deal falsely one with another. Ye shall not swear by my name falsely: that thou defilest not the name of thy God, I am the Lord. Thou shalt not beguile thy neighbor with *cavillations, nether rob him violently, neither shall the workmans labor abide with thee until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, neither put a stumbling block before the blind: but shalt fear thy God. I am the Lord. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgement. Thou shalt not favor the poor nor honor the mighty, but shalt judge thy neighbor righteously.
      Thou shalt not go up and down a *privy accuser among thy people, neither shalt thou help to shed the blood of thy neighbor: I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart but shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor: that thou bear not sin for his sake. Thou shalt not avenge thyself nor bear hate in thy mind against the children of thy people, but shalt love thy neighbor even as thyself. I am the Lord.
       Keep mine ordinances. Let none of thy cattle gender with a contrary kind, neither sow thy field with mingled seed, neither shalt thou put on any garment of linen and woollen.
      If a man have to do with a woman that is bond and hath been meddled with all of another man which neither is bought nor freedom given her, there shall be a pain upon it: but they shall not die, because she was not made free. And he shall bring for his trespassoffering unto the Lord: even unto the door of the tabernacle of witness, a ram for a trespass offering. And the Priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespassoffering before the Lord, for his sin which he hath done: and it shall be forgiven him, as concerning the sin which he hath done.
      And when ye come to the land and have planted all manner of trees whereof men eat, ye shall hold them uncircumcised as concerning their fruit: even three year shall they be uncircumcised unto you and shall not be eaten of, and the fourth year all the fruit of them shall be holy and acceptable to the Lord. And the fifth year may ye eat of the fruit of them, and gather in the increase of them: I am the Lord your God.
      Ye shall eat nothing with the blood, ye shall use no witchcraft, nor observe dismal days, ye shall not round the locks of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the tufts of thy beard. Ye shall not rent your flesh for any souls sake, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord. Thou shalt not pollute thy daughter, that thou wouldest maintain her to be an whore: lest the land fall to whoredom, and wax full of wickedness. See that ye keep my Sabbaths and fear my sanctuary: I am the Lord. Turn not to them that work with spirits, neither regard them that observe dismal days: that ye be not defiled by them, for I am the Lord your God.
      Thou shalt rise up before the *hoarhead, and reverence the face of the old man and dread thy God, for I am the Lord. If a stranger sojourn by thee in your land, see that ye vex him not: But let the stranger that dwelleth with you, be as one of yourselves, and love him as thyself, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
      Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgement neither in meteyard, weight or measure. But ye shall have true balances, true weights, A true Epha and a true hin. I am the Lord your God which brought you out of the land of Egypt, that ye should observe all mine ordinances and judgments and that ye should keep them: I am the Lord.


*cavillations is petty accusations, bickering and being strifeful
*privy accuser = private accuser (in secret) *hoarhead (grey headed)

 

 

 

The 20th Chapter

      And the Lord talked with Moses saying: tell the children of Israel, whosoever he be of the children of Israel or of the strangers that dwell in Israel, that giveth of his seed unto *Moloch he shall die for it: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face upon that fellow, and will destroy him from among his people: because he hath given of his seed unto Moloch, for to defile my sanctuary and to pollute mine holy name. And though that the people of the land hide their eyes from that fellow, when he giveth of his seed unto Moloch, so that they kill him not: yet I will put my face upon that man and upon his generation, and will destroy him and all that go a whoring with him and commit whoredom with Moloch from among their people.
      If any soul turn unto him to enchanters or expounders of tokens and go a whoring after them, I will put my face upon that soul and will destroy him from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And see that ye keep mine ordinances and do them. For I am the Lord which sanctify you.
      Whosoever curseth his father or mother, shall die for it, his blood on his head, because he hath cursed his father or mother. He that breaketh wedlock with another mans wife shall die for it, because he hath broke wedlock with his neighbors wife, and so shall she likewise. If a man lie with his fathers wife and uncover his fathers secrets, they shall both die for it, their blood be upon their heads. If a man lie with his daughter in law they shall die both of them: they have wrought abomination, their blood upon their heads. If a man lie with the mankind after the manner as with womankind, they have both committed an abomination and shall die for it. Their blood be upon their heads.
      If a man take a wife and her mother thereto, it is wickedness. Men shall burn with fire both him and them, that there be no wickedness among you. If a man lie with a beast he shall die, and ye shall slay the beast.
      If a woman go unto a beast and lie down thereto: thou shalt kill the woman and the beast also, they shall die, and their blood be upon their heads. If a man take his sister, his fathers daughter or his mothers daughter, and see her secrets, and she see his secrets also: it is a wicked thing. Therefore let them perish in the sight of their people, he hath seen his sisters secretness, he shall therefore bear his sin. If a man lie with a woman in time of her natural disease and uncover her secrets and open her fountain, and she also open the fountain of her blood, they shall both perish from among their people. Thou shalt not uncover the secrets of thy mothers sister nor of thy fathers sister, for he that doth so, uncovereth his next kin: and they shall bear their misdoing.
      If a man lie with his uncles wife, he hath uncovered his uncles secrets: they shall bear their sin, and shall die childless.
      If a man take his brothers wife, it is an unclean thing, he hath uncovered his brothers secrets, they shall be childless therefore.
      See that ye keep therefore all mine ordinances and all my judgements, and that ye do them: that the land whither I bring you to dwell therein, spew you not out. And see that ye walk not in the manners of the nations which I cast out before you: For they committed all these things, and I abhorred them.
      But I have said unto you that ye shall enjoy their land, and that I will give it unto you to possess it: even a land that floweth with milk and honey. I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other nations: that ye should put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and them that are clean. Make not your souls therefore abominable with beasts and fowls, and with all manner thing that creepeth upon the ground, which I have separated unto you to hold them unclean. Be holy unto me, for I the Lord am holy and have severed you from other nations: that ye should be mine.
      If there be man or woman that worketh with a spirit or expoundeth tokens they shall die for it. Men shall stone them with stones, and their blood shall be upon them.

 

*Marginal note: MN Moloch, under this name molock is forbidden all manner of idolatry, specially the exercising of children thereto for that is an abomination before the Lord. Molock was an Idol of the children of Ammnon, whose Image was hollow, having in it seven closets, one was to offer in fine flour, another for turtle doves, the third for sheep, the fourth for a ram, the fifth for a calf, the sixth for an ox, and for him that would offer his son was opened the seventh closet. And the face of this Idol was like the face of a calf, his hands made plain ready to receive of them that stood by.

 

 

 

The 21st Chapter

      And the Lord said unto Moses: speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron and say unto them: A priest shall defile himself at the death of none of his people, but upon his kin that is nigh unto him: as his mother, father, son, daughter and brother: and on his sister as long as she is a maid and dwelleth nigh him and was never given to man: on her he may defile himself. But he shall not make himself unclean upon a ruler of his people to pollute himself withal.
      They shall make them no baldness upon their heads or shave off the locks of their beards, nor make any marks in their flesh. They shall be holy unto their God, and not pollute the name of their God, for the sacrifices of the Lord and the bread of their God they do offer: therefore they must be holy.
      They shall take no wife that is an whore, or polluted, or put from her husband: for a priest is holy unto his God. Sanctify him therefore, for he offereth up the bread of God: he shall therefore be holy unto thee, for I the Lord which sanctify you, am holy.
      If a priests daughter fall to play the whore, she polluteth her father: therefore she shall be burnt with fire.
      He that is the high priest among his brethren upon whose head the anointing oil was poured and whose hand was filled to put on the vestments, shall not uncover his head nor rent his clothes, neither shall go to any dead body nor make himself unclean: no not on his father or mother, neither shall go out of the sanctuary, that he pollute not the holy place of his God, for the crown of the anointing oil of God, is upon him. I am the Lord. He shall take a maiden unto his wife: but no widow nor divorced nor polluted whore. But he shall take a maiden of his own people to wife, that he defile not his seed upon his people. For I am the Lord which sanctify him.
      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, speak unto Aaron and say: No man of thy seed in their generations that hath any deformity upon him, shall *preace for to offer the bread of his God: for none that hath any blemish shall come near: whether he be blind, lame, snoutnosed, or that hath any misshapen member, or broken footed, or broken handed, or crook backed, or perleyed, or goggle eyed, or mangy or scald, or hath his *stones broken.
      No man that is deformed of the seed of Aaron the priest, shall come nigh to offer the sacrifices of the Lord. If he have a deformity, he shall not *prese to offer the bread of his God. Notwithstanding he shall eat of the bread of his God: even as well of the most holy, as of the holy: but shall not go in unto the veil nor come nigh the altar, because he is deformed, that he pollute not my sanctuary, for I am the Lord that sanctify them. And Moses told it unto Aaron and to his sons, and unto all the Children of Israel.

 

*preace (plead, press or push strain ) *prese (plead? not found in sources) *stones (testicle)

 

 

 

The 22nd Chapter

      And the Lord communed with Moses saying: bid Aaron and his sons that they abstain from the hallowed things of the children of Israel which they have hallowed unto me, that they pollute not my holy name: for I am the Lord. Say unto them: whosoever he be of all your seed among your generation after you, that goeth unto the hallowed things which the children of Israel shall have hallowed unto the Lord, his uncleanness shall be upon him: and that soul shall perish from out of my sight. I am the Lord.
      None of the seed of Aaron that is a leper or that hath a running sore, shall eat of the hallowed things until he be clean. And whosoever toucheth any unclean soul or man whose seed runneth from him by night, or whosoever toucheth any worm that is unclean to him, or man that is unclean to him, whatsoever uncleanness he hath: the same soul that hath touched any such thing, shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the hallowed things until he have washed his flesh with water. And then when the *son is down he shall be clean and shall afterward eat of the hallowed things: for they are his food. Of a beast that dieth alone or is rent with wild beasts, he shall not eat, to defile himself therewith: I am the Lord. But let them keep therefore mine ordinance, lest they lade sin upon them and die therein when they have defiled themselves: for I am the Lord which sanctify them.
      There shall no stranger eat of the hallowed things, neither a guest of the priests, or an hired servant. But if the priest buy any fowl with money he may eat of it, and he also that is born in his house may eat of his bread. If the priests daughter be married unto a stranger, she may not eat of the hallowed heave offerings. Notwithstanding if the priests daughter be a widow or divorced and have no child but is returned unto her fathers house again, she shall eat of her fathers bread as well as she did in her youth. But there shall no stranger eat thereof. If a man eat of the hallowed things unwittingly, he shall put the fifth part thereunto, and make good unto the priest the hallowed thing. And let the priests see, that they defile not the hallowed things of the children of Israel which they have offered unto the Lord, lest they lade themselves with misdoing and trespass in eating their hallowed things, for I am the Lord which hallow them.
      And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and his sons and unto all the children of Israel and say unto them, whatsoever he be of the house of Israel or stranger in Israel that will offer his offering: whatsoever vow or freewill offering it be which they will offer unto the Lord for a burntoffering to reconcile themselves, it must be a male without blemish of the oxen, sheep or goats, let them offer nothing that is deformed for they shall get no favour therewith.
      If a man will offer a peaceoffering unto the Lord and separate a vow or a freewill offering of the oxen or the flock, it must be without deformity, that it may be accepted. There may be no blemish therein: whether it be blind, broken, wounded or have a *wen, or be mangy or scabbed, see that ye offer no such unto the Lord, nor put an offering of any such upon the altar unto the Lord.
      An ox or a sheep that hath any member out of proportion, mayst thou offer for a freewill offering: but in a vow it shall not be accepted. Thou shalt not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised broken, plucked out or cut away, neither shalt make any such in your land, neither of a strangers hand shall ye offer an offering to your God of any such. For they mar all in that they have deformities in them, and therefore cannot be accepted for you. And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: when an ox, a sheep or a goat is brought forth, it shall be seven days under the dam. And from the eighth day forth, it shall be accepted unto a gift in the sacrifice of the Lord. And whether it be ox or sheep, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day.
      When ye will offer a thankoffering unto the Lord, ye shall so offer it that ye may be accepted. And the same day it must be eaten up, so that ye leave none of it until the morrow. For I am the Lord, keep now my commandments and do them, for I am the Lord. And pollute not my holy name, that I may be hallowed among the children of Israel. For I am the Lord which hallow you, and brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: for I am the Lord.

 

*sonne is the exact spelling, as sunne is the exact for sun, found else where in this text. RN *wen (cyst)

 

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