Shemos 23

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Shemos (Book of Exodus), Chapter 23

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Thou shalt not utter a false report; put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou bear witness in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to pervert justice;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 neither shalt thou favour a poor man in his cause.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under its burden, thou shalt forbear to pass by him; thou shalt surely release it with him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not; for I will not justify the wicked.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blindeth them that have sight, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And a stranger shalt thou not oppress; for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof;

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of thy people may eat; and what they leave the beast of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may have rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And in all things that I have said unto you take ye heed; and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep; seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed in the month Abib--for in it thou camest out from Egypt; and none shall appear before Me empty;

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which thou sowest in the field; and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year, when thou gatherest in thy labours out of the field.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the L-rd GOD.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of My feast remain all night until the morning.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 The choicest first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of HaShem thy G-d. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 Behold, I send an angel before thee, to keep thee by the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 Take heed of him, and hearken unto his voice; be not rebellious against him; for he will not pardon your transgression; for My name is in him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 But if thou shalt indeed hearken unto his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 For Mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; and I will cut them off.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their doings; but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and break in pieces their pillars.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 And ye shall serve HaShem your G-d, and He will bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 None shall miscarry, nor be barren, in thy land; the number of thy days I will fulfil.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 I will send My terror before thee, and will discomfit all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 And I will send the hornet before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year, lest the land become desolate, and the beasts of the field multiply against thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001E-QINU`"'31 And I will set thy border from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness unto the River; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001F-QINU`"'32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000020-QINU`"'33 They shall not dwell in thy land--lest they make thee sin against Me, for thou wilt serve their gods--for they will be a snare unto thee.

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Portions © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant. Portions © 1998 by Larry Nelson.