Exodus 23 ©

Of false report and witness, vs. 1, etc. Right must not be wrested, 2. Men ought to do good to their enemies, 4. Judges may take no bribes, 8. Nor oppress the strangers, 9. Of the seventh year, which was to be a year of rest, 10. Of the Sabbath day, 12. The name of other gods shall not be named, 13. Of the three high feasts in the year, 14. No sacrifice was to be offered with leavened bread, 18. God promises the people that an Angel would go before them, Whom they were to obey, 20. The honoring of strange gods forbidden, 23. God promises to bless them that serve Him, 25. The hornets would expel the enemies of the Israelites, 28. The borders and limits of the land of the Israelites, 31. They are forbidden to make a covenant with the heathens, or their gods, 32. Or to let them inhabit among them, 33.


THOU shalt not 1raise a 2false report: 3put not thine hand with the wicked to be an 4unrighteous witness.


¶Thou shalt not follow a 5multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:


¶Neithera shalt thou 6countenance a poor man in his cause.


¶Ifb thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt 7surely bring it back to him again.


Ifc thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and 8wouldest forbear to help him, 9thou shalt surely help 10with him.


11Thoud shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.


Keep thee far from a false 12matter; and the innocent and righteous 13slay thou not: for I will not justify 14the wicked.


¶Ande thou shalt take 15no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the 16words of the righteous.


¶Also thouf shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye 17know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.


And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:


Butg the seventh year thou shalt let it 18rest and lie still; 19that the poor of thy people may 20eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.


Sixh days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and 21the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.


And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of thei name of other gods, neither 22let it be heard out of thy mouth.


¶Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.


Thou shalt keep 23the feastj of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the 24month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: andk25none shall appear before me 26empty:)


And 27the feast of 28harvest, the firstfruits 29of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and 30the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.


31Three times in the year 32all thy males shall appear before 33the Lord GOD.


Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice 34with leavened bread; neither shall the fat 35of my sacrifice remain until the morning.


36Thel first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring 37into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shaltm not seethen a kid in his mother's milk.


¶Behold,o I send 38an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into 39the place which I have prepared.


Beware of 40him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for 41my name is in him.


But if thou shalt 42indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; thenp I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.


For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in 43unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.


Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after theirq works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and 44quite break down their images.


And ye shall serve the LORD your God, andr he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.


¶Theres shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the 45number of thy days I will fulfil.


It will send 46my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and 47I will make all thine enemies turn 48their backs unto thee.


And Iu will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the 49Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.


I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become 50desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.


By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.


Andv I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from 51the desert unto the 52river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.


Thouw shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.


Theyx shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.