February 4 - Leviticus 19.1-18
Laws of Holiness and JusticeLeviticus 19 The LORD told Moses 2to say to the community of Israel, "Be holy, because I, the LORD your God, am holy. 3Each of you must respect your mother and your father, and must keep the Sabbath, as I have commanded. I am the LORD your God.
4"Do not abandon me and worship idols; do not make gods of metal and worship them. I am the LORD your God.
5"When you kill an animal for a fellowship offering, keep the regulations that I have given you, and I will accept the offering. 6The meat must be eaten on the day the animal is killed or on the next day. Any meat left on the third day must be burned, 7because it is ritually unclean, and if anyone eats it, I will not accept the offering. 8Any who eat it will be guilty of treating as ordinary what is dedicated to me, and they will no longer be considered my people.
9"When you harvest your fields, do not cut the grain at the edges of the fields, and do not go back to cut the heads of grain that were left. 10Do not go back through your vineyard to gather the grapes that were missed or to pick up the grapes that have fallen; leave them for poor people and foreigners. I am the LORD your God.
11"Do not steal or cheat or lie. 12Do not make a promise in my name if you do not intend to keep it; that brings disgrace on my name. I am the LORD your God.
13"Do not rob or take advantage of anyone. Do not hold back the wages of someone you have hired, not even for one night. 14Do not curse the deaf or put something in front of the blind so as to make them stumble over it. Obey me; I am the LORD your God.
15"Be honest and just when you make decisions in legal cases; do not show favoritism to the poor or fear the rich. 16Do not spread lies about anyone, and when someone is on trial for his life, speak out if your testimony can help him. I am the LORD.
17"Do not bear a grudge against others, but settle your differences with them, so that you will not commit a sin because of them. 18Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the LORD.
This reading is from The Holy
Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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