Leviticus 18:1-30

Rules about sex

1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 ‘Tell Israel's people that I am the Lord their God. 3 They were living in Egypt, but they must not do as the people in Egypt do. Now I am bringing them to live in Canaan. They must not live in the way that the people in Canaan live. They must not do the things that those people do. 4 They must obey my rules. I am the Lord their God. 5 If they obey my rules and my laws, they will continue to live safely. I am the Lord.

6 Tell them this:

  • A person must not have sex with a anyone who belongs to his own family. I am the Lord.
  • 7 Do not have sex with your mother. That would cause your father to be ashamed.
  • 8 Do not have sex with any wife of your father. Your father would be ashamed.
  • 9 Do not have sex with your sister. Do not have sex with a sister who is your mother's daughter or your father's daughter. It does not matter if she was born in your house or in another house. Do not have sex with any sister.
  • 10 Do not have sex with any granddaughter. That would make you ashamed.
  • 11 Do not have sex with the daughter of your father and his wife. She is your sister.
  • 12 Do not have sex with your father's sister. She is his near relative.
  • 13 Do not have sex with your mother's sister. She is her near relative.
  • 14 Do not have sex with the wife of your father's brother. That would make your uncle ashamed. His wife is your aunt.
  • 15 Do not have sex with your son's wife.
  • 16 Do not have sex with your brother's wife. That would make your brother ashamed.
  • 17 Do not have sex with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sex with her son's daughter or with her daughter's daughter. They are her near relatives. It would be an evil thing to do.
  • 18 Do not marry your wife's sister as a second wife. If your wife is still alive, do not have sex with her sister.
  • 19 Do not have sex with a woman at the time when she bleeds each month. She is unclean during that time.
  • 20 Do not have sex with the wife of another man. You would become unclean.
  • 21 Do not offer your child as a sacrifice to the false god, Molech. This would spoil God's honour. He is the Lord.
  • 22 A man must not have sex with another man. That is an evil thing to do.
  • 23 Do not have sex with an animal. That would make you unclean. A woman must not offer herself to an animal have sex with it. She would be doing a strange thing.
  • 24 Do not do any of these things. They would make you unclean. The people who live in Canaan do these things. It made them unclean. God will send those people out of their country. 25 Canaan is unclean because the people did these things. This is why God pushed the people out of that land. 26 But you and the foreigners with you must not do these wrong things. 27 The people in Canaan did these bad things and the land became unclean. 28 If you do these bad things, I will push you out of Canaan's land. I will send you away, like the people before you.

    29 You must send away any person who does any of these bad things. 30 All the people must obey my rules. They must not do the bad things that the people in Canaan did. If they did them, my people would become unclean. I am the Lord your God.’