Leviticus 24

1The Lord said to Moses, 2“Command the people of Israel to bring to you pure oil from crushed olives. That oil is for the lamps. Those lamps must burn without stopping. 3Aaron will keep the light burning in the Meeting Tent before the Lord from evening until morning. The light will be outside the curtain ˻that hangs˼ in front of the ˻Box of the˼ Agreement. This law will continue forever. 4Aaron must always keep the lamps burning on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord. 5“Take fine flour and bake twelve loaves with it. Use 16 cups of flour for each loaf. 6Put them in two rows on the golden table before the Lord. Six loaves will be in each row. 7Put pure frankincense on each row. This will help the Lord remember the offering by fire to the Lord. 8Every Sabbath day Aaron will put the bread in order before the Lord. This must be done forever. This Agreement with the people of Israel will continue forever. 9That bread will belong to Aaron and his sons. They will eat the bread in a holy place. Why? Because that bread is one of the offerings made by fire to the Lord. That bread is Aaron’s share forever.” 10There was a son of an Israelite woman. His father was an Egyptian. This Israelite woman’s son was an Israelite. He was walking among the people of Israel, and he started fighting in camp. 11The Israelite woman’s son began cursing and saying bad things about the Lord’s name. So the people brought this man to Moses. (The name of the man’s mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, from the family group of Dan.) 12The people held the man as a prisoner and waited for the Lord’s command to be made clear to them. 13Then the Lord said to Moses, 14“Bring the man who cursed to a place outside the camp. Then bring together all the people who heard him curse. Those people will put their hands on his head. And then all the people must throw stones at him and kill him. 15You must tell the people of Israel: If a person curses his God, then he must be punished. 16Any person who speaks against the name of the Lord must be put to death. All the people must stone him. Foreigners must be punished just like the person who was born in Israel. If a person curses the ˻Lord’s˼ name, then he must be put to death. 17“And if one person kills another person, he must be put to death. 18The person who kills an animal ˻that belongs to another person˼ must give another animal to take its place. 19“And if a person causes an injury to his neighbor, then the same kind of injury must be given that person. 20A broken bone for a broken bone; an eye for an eye; and a tooth for a tooth. The same kind of injury a person gives another person must be given that person. 21So if a person kills an animal, then that person must pay for the animal. But if a person kills another person, then he must be put to death. 22“The law will be ˻fair˼—it will be the same for foreigners and for people from your own country. Why? Because I am the Lord your God.” 23Then Moses spoke to the people of Israel, and they brought the man who cursed to a place outside the camp. Then they killed him with stones. So the people of Israel did just what the Lord had commanded Moses.

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