Bible: Exodus 23




“You must not give 2  a false report. 3  Do not make common cause 4  with the wicked 5  to be a malicious 6  witness.

23:2You 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.

23:4If 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 

23:6You 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 

23:8You must not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see 20  and subverts the words of the righteous.

23:9You must not oppress 21  a foreigner, since you know the life 22  of a foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.


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 

23:13Pay attention to do 29  everything I have told you, and do not even mention 30  the names of other gods – do not let them be heard on your lips. 31 

23:14Three 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.

23:16You 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 God. 42 

23:18You 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 Lord your God.

You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. 45 


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 

23:24You 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 Lord your God, and he 57  will bless your bread and your water, 58  and I will remove sickness from your midst. 23:26 No woman will miscarry her young 59  or be barren in your land. I will fulfill 60  the number of your days.

23:27I 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.

23:32You 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.”

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