Laws of Justice and Mercy
23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not
thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither
shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest
23:3 Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his
23:4 If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray,
thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.
23:5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying
under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou
shalt surely help with him.
23:6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his
23:7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent
and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the
23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the
wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know
the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the
land of Egypt.
23:10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and
shalt gather in the fruits thereof:
23:11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie
still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they
leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou
shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh
day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest,
and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be
23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be
circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods,
neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
The Three Annual
23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in
23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou
shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee,
in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou
camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me
23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy
labors, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of
ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast
gathered in thy labors out of the field.
23:17 Three items in the year all thy males shall appear
before the LORD God.
23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with
leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain
until the morning.
23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt
bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not
seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Godís Angel to
Prepare the Way
23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep
thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I
23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;
for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is
23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all
that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies,
and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee
in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites,
and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I
will cut them off.
23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve
them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly
overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall
bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness
away from the midst of thee.
23:26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren,
in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.
23:27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all
the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all
thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.
23:28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall
drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from
23:29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one
year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the
field multiply against thee.
23:30 By little and little I will drive them out from
before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto
the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the
river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into
your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their
23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee
sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely
be a snare unto thee.