Laws in the Book of Leviticus

Incest is forbidden: None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 18:6-18.

Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. – Leviticus 18:20.

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. – Leviticus 18:22-25.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. – Leviticus 19:1-2.

You shall revere your mother and father, and keep the Sabbaths. – Leviticus 19:3

Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods. – Leviticus 19:4.

You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. – Leviticus 19:11

You shall not swear by God's name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God. – Leviticus 19:12.

Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. – Leviticus 19:13.

Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:14.

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. – Leviticus 19:15.

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:16.

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. – Leviticus 19:17>

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18.

Laws of degree and kind: Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee. – Leviticus 19:19.

Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. – Leviticus 19:26.

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks [tatoos] upon you: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:28.

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. – Leviticus 19:31.

Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:3.

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have. – Leviticus 19:35-36.

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According to tradition, Moses wrote Leviticus and the other four books of the Torah. Modern Bible scholars are divided over how the book emerged into its final form; many believe that the book had multiple authors and was a product of the Exilic and Persian periods (6th and 5th centuries B.C.). Leviticus holds the laws binding on the priesthood of Israel, in addition to the laws for the people.

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list.


The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

Peter Kirby has formulated an impressive collection of early Jewish documents and links available at: Early Jewish Writings

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