Bible: Exodus 23
23:2 “You must not follow a crowd 7 in doing evil things; 8 in a lawsuit you must not offer testimony that agrees with a crowd so as to pervert justice, 9 23:3 and you must not show partiality 10 to a poor man in his lawsuit.
23:4 “If you encounter 11 your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, you must by all means return 12 it to him. 23:5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen under its load, you must not ignore him, 13 but be sure to help 14 him with it. 15
23:6 “You must not turn away justice for your poor people in their lawsuits. 23:7 Keep your distance 16 from a false charge 17 – do not kill the innocent and the righteous, 18 for I will not justify the wicked. 19
23:8 “You must not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see 20 and subverts the words of the righteous.23:10
Sabbaths and Feasts
“For six years 24 you are to sow your land and gather in its produce. 23:11 But in the seventh year 25 you must let it lie fallow and leave it alone so that the poor of your people may eat, and what they leave any animal in the field 26 may eat; you must do likewise with your vineyard and your olive grove. 23:12 For six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you must cease, in order that your ox and your donkey may rest and that your female servant’s son and any hired help 27 may refresh themselves. 28
23:14 “Three times 32 in the year you must make a pilgrim feast 33 to me. 23:15 You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days 34 you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time 35 you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before 36 me empty-handed.
23:16 “You are also to observe 37 the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors that you have sown in the field, and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year 38 when you have gathered in 39 your harvest 40 out of the field. 23:17 At 41 three times in the year all your males will appear before the Lord
23:18 “You must not offer 43 the blood of my sacrifice with bread containing yeast; the fat of my festal sacrifice must not remain until morning. 44 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of your soil you must bring to the house of the
“You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. 4523:20
The Angel of the Presence
“I am going to send 47 an angel 48 before you to protect you as you journey 49 and to bring you into the place that I have prepared. 50 23:21 Take heed because of him, and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name 51 is in him. 23:22 But if you diligently obey him 52 and do all that I command, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will be an adversary to your adversaries. 23:23 For my angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I will destroy them completely. 53
23:24 “You must not bow down to their gods; you must not serve them or do according to their practices. Instead you must completely overthrow them and smash their standing stones 54 to pieces. 55 23:25 You must serve 56 the
23:27 “I will send my terror 61 before you, and I will destroy 62 all the people whom you encounter; I will make all your enemies turn their backs 63 to you. 23:28 I will send 64 hornets before you that will drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite before you. 23:29 I will not drive them out before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild animals 65 multiply against you. 23:30 Little by little 66 I will drive them out before you, until you become fruitful and inherit the land. 23:31 I will set 67 your boundaries from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, 68 for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.
23:32 “You must make no covenant with them or with their gods. 23:33 They must not live in your land, lest they make you sin against me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare 69 to you.”