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Leviticus chapter 20

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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him.
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I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name.
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If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death,
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I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech.
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"'I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.
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"'Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.
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Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
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"'If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head.
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"'If a man commits adultery with another man's wife-- with the wife of his neighbor-- both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
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"'If a man sleeps with his father's wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
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"'If a man sleeps with his daughter-in-law, both of them must be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads.
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"'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
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"'If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you.
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"'If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.
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"'If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
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"'If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.
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"'If a man lies with a woman during her monthly period and has sexual relations with her, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them must be cut off from their people.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with the sister of either your mother or your father, for that would dishonor a close relative; both of you would be held responsible.
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"'If a man sleeps with his aunt, he has dishonored his uncle. They will be held responsible; they will die childless.
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"'If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.
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"'Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.
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You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.
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But I said to you, "You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.
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"'You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground-- those which I have set apart as unclean for you.
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You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.
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"'A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'"

Leviticus chapter 21

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The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: 'A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,
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except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
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or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband-- for her he may make himself unclean.
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He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
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"'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
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They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the offerings made to the LORD by fire, the food of their God, they are to be holy.
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"'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
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Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy-- I who make you holy.
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"'If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.
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"'The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes.
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He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,
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nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.
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"'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
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He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people,
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so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. '"
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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.
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No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
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no man with a crippled foot or hand,
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or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.
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No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.
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He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
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yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy. '"
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So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

Leviticus chapter 22

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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD.
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"Say to them: 'For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD.
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"'If a descendant of Aaron has an infectious skin disease or a bodily discharge, he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse or by anyone who has an emission of semen,
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or if he touches any crawling thing that makes him unclean, or any person who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be.
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The one who touches any such thing will be unclean till evening. He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.
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When the sun goes down, he will be clean, and after that he may eat the sacred offerings, for they are his food.
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He must not eat anything found dead or torn by wild animals, and so become unclean through it. I am the LORD.
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"'The priests are to keep my requirements so that they do not become guilty and die for treating them with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.
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"'No one outside a priest's family may eat the sacred offering, nor may the guest of a priest or his hired worker eat it.
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But if a priest buys a slave with money, or if a slave is born in his household, that slave may eat his food.
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If a priest's daughter marries anyone other than a priest, she may not eat any of the sacred contributions.
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But if a priest's daughter becomes a widow or is divorced, yet has no children, and she returns to live in her father's house as in her youth, she may eat of her father's food. No unauthorized person, however, may eat any of it.
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"'If anyone eats a sacred offering by mistake, he must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value to it.
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The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings the Israelites present to the LORD
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by allowing them to eat the sacred offerings and so bring upon them guilt requiring payment. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.'"
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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: 'If any of you-- either an Israelite or an alien living in Israel-- presents a gift for a burnt offering to the LORD, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,
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you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf.
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Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.
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When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable.
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Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as an offering made to the LORD by fire.
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You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow.
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You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut. You must not do this in your own land,
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and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.'"
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The LORD said to Moses,
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"When a calf, a lamb or a goat is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as an offering made to the LORD by fire.
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Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day.
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"When you sacrifice a thank offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
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It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning. I am the LORD.
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"Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD.
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Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy
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and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD."

Acts chapter 20

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When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia.
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He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece,
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where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.
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He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
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These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.
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But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
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On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
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There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
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Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
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Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"
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Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
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The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
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We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.
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When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
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The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.
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Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
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From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
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When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.
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I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.
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You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
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I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
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"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
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I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
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"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.
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Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
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For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
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Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
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I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
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Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.
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So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
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"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
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I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
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You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.
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In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
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When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
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They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.
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What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
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