Exodus - Chapter 23
3 nor will you show partiality to the poor in a lawsuit.
4 'If you come on your enemy's ox or donkey straying, you will take it back to him.
6 'You will not cheat the poor among you of their rights at law.
7 Keep clear of fraud. Do not cause the death of the innocent or upright, and do not acquit the guilty.
9 'You will not oppress the alien; you know how an alien feels, for you yourselves were once aliens in Egypt.
10 'For six years you will sow your land and gather its produce,
11 but in the seventh year you will let it lie fallow and forgo all produce from it, so that those of your people who are poor can take food from it and the wild animals eat what they have left. You will do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
13 'Take notice of everything I have told you and do not mention the name of any other god: let none ever be heard from your lips.
14 'Three times a year you will hold a festival in my honour.
15 You will observe the feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you will eat unleavened bread, as I have commanded you, at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt. No one will appear before me empty-handed.
16 You will also observe the feast of Harvest, of the first-fruits of your labours in sowing the fields, and the feast of Ingathering, at the end of the year, once you have brought the fruits of your labours in from the fields.
20 'Look, I am sending an angel to precede you, to guard you as you go and bring you to the place that I have prepared.
21 Revere him and obey what he says. Do not defy him: he will not forgive any wrong-doing on your part, for my name is in him.
24 You will not bow down to their gods or worship them or observe their rites, but throw them down and smash their cultic stones.
29 I shall not drive them out ahead of you in a single year, or the land might become a desert where wild animals would multiply to your cost.
30 I shall drive them out little by little before you, until your numbers grow sufficient for you to take possession of the land.
31 And your frontiers I shall fix from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, for I shall put the inhabitants of the territory at your mercy, and you will drive them out before you.
32 You will make no pact with them or with their gods.
33 They may not stay in your country or they might make you sin against me, for you would serve their gods, and that would be a snare for you!'
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