Leviticus 18

God's Sex Laws
18:1-30

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

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

God said to Moses,
Say to the Israelites,
I am the Lord your God. [1]

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.

Don't behave like the Egyptians or the Canaanites.

And don't obey their laws.

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

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.

Do what I tell you to do and obey my laws.

I am your God.

18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Don't have sex with [2] your close relatives. [3]

I am God.

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.

Don't have sex with your father or mother.

18:8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Don't have sex with your father's wife. [4]

(It is your father's nakedness.)

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.

Don't have sex with your sister, your father's daughter or your mother's daughter.

18:10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

Don't have sex with your granddaughter, your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter.

(It is your your own nakedness.)

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

Don't have sex with your father's wife's daughter.

18:12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

Don't have sex with your father's sister.

18:13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

Don't have sex with your mother's sister.

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

Don't have sex with your father's brother's wife.

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.

Don't have sex with your daughter in law.

18:16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

Don't have sex with your brother's wife.

(It is your brother's nakedness.)

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.

Don't have sex with a woman and her daughter, or a woman and her son's daughter, or a woman and her daughter's daughter.

(Don't have sex with a woman and her daughter, or a woman and her granddaughter.)

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.

Don't marry your wife's sister (or have sex with her) while your wife is still alive.

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

Don't have sex with a menstruating woman.

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

Don't have sex with your neighbor's wife.

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.

Don't burn your children as a sacrifice to Molech. [5]

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

Don't have sex with another man like you would with a woman.

It is an abomination. [6]

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.

Don't have sex with animals.

It is confusion.

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:

Don't do any of these things. That's what the other nations do, the ones that I cast out before you.

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

If you do any of these things, the land is defiled and it will vomit out its inhabitants.

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:

Keep my statutes and don't commit any of these abominations.

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

(Because all of these abominations were done by the people who lived on the land before you, and the land is defiled.)

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

Don't make the land vomit you out, like it did to the other people who lived here before you.

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

Whoever does any of these abominations will be cut off from their people.

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.

So keep my laws and don't commit any of these abominations, like those who were before you, so you don't defile yourselves.

If am the Lord your God.