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~ Laws on Immoral Relations, including Incest

Lev 18:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Lev 18:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

Lev 18:3  After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Lev 18:4  Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

Lev 18:5  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:6  None of you [men] shall approach to any that is near of kin [a close relative] to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.
[for women, this verse could be worded: None of you [women] shall approach to any that is near of kin to her, to uncover their nakedness:]

Lev 18:7  The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
[Note that this verse can apply to both genders, men and women.]
[see Gen 9:18-27 for an example of how this verse applied to Noah [the father] and his 3 sons]

Lev 18:8  The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.
[Note that this verse literally states that "it [the nakedness of thy father's wife]" is thy father's nakedness, i.e., "it" belongs to thy father.]

[for women, this verse could be worded: The nakedness of thy mother's husband shalt thou not uncover: it is thy mother's nakedness.]
[In this case "it [the nakedness of thy mother's husband]" is thy mother's nakedness, i.e., "it" belongs to thy mother.]

[Note that there is no verse here that mentions sons and daughters.  This may be because parents routinely change diapers, dress, and undress their young children.  Lev 18:6 above does include sons and daughters.]

Lev 18:9  The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
[for women, this verse could be worded: The nakedness of thy brother, the son of thy father, or son of thy mother, whether he be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.]

Lev 18:10  The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, [i.e. a grand-daughter] even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.
[ The phrase: "for theirs is thine own nakedness" may refer to blood descendants being a product of thine own nakedness with thy spouse.]
[for women, this verse could be worded: The nakedness of thy son's son, or of thy daughter's son, [i.e. a grand-son] even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

Lev 18:11  The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy [step] sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:12  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister [an aunt]: she is thy father's near kinswoman [a close relative].

Lev 18:13  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman [a close relative].

Lev 18:14  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother [an uncle], thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

Lev 18:15  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:16  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.
[Note that this verse literally states that "it [the nakedness of thy brother's wife]" is thy brother's nakedness, i.e., "it" belongs to thy brother.]

[for women, this verse could be worded: The nakedness of thy sister's husband shalt thou not uncover: it is thy sister's nakedness.]
[In this case "it [the nakedness of thy sister's husband]" is thy sister's nakedness, i.e., "it" belongs to thy sister.]

Lev 18:17  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

Lev 18:18  Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

Lev 18:19  Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

Lev 18:20  Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

Lev 18:21  And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 18:23  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.

Lev 18:24  Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

Lev 18:25  And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Lev 18:26  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

Lev 18:27  (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

Lev 18:28  That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

Lev 18:29  For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

Lev 18:30  Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.
 
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