Leviticus – Chapter 24

The Bible – Old Testament



Chapter 24


The LORD said to Moses,


«Order the Israelites to bring you clear oil of crushed olives for the light, so that you may keep lamps burning regularly.


In the meeting tent, outside the veil that hangs in front of the commandments, Aaron shall set up the lamps to burn before the LORD regularly, from evening till morning. Thus, by a perpetual statute for you and your descendants,


the lamps shall be set up on the pure gold lampstand, to burn regularly before the LORD.


«You shall take fine flour and bake it into twelve cakes, using two tenths of an ephah of flour for each cake.


These you shall place in two piles, six in each pile, on the pure gold table before the LORD.


On each pile put some pure frankincense, which shall serve as an oblation to the LORD, a token offering for the bread.


Regularly on each sabbath day this bread shall be set out afresh before the LORD, offered on the part of the Israelites by an everlasting agreement.


It shall belong to Aaron and his sons, who must eat it in a sacred place, since, as something most sacred among the various oblations to the LORD, it is his by perpetual right.»


Among the Israelites there was a man born of an Israelite mother (Shelomith, daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan) and an Egyptian father.


This man quarreled publicly with another Israelite and cursed and blasphemed the LORD’S name. So the people brought him to Moses,


who kept him in custody till a decision from the LORD should settle the case for them.


The LORD then said to Moses,


«Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and when all who heard him have laid their hands on his head, let the whole community stone him.


Tell the Israelites: Anyone who curses his God shall bear the penalty of his sin;


whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death. The whole community shall stone him; alien and native alike must be put to death for blaspheming the LORD’S name.


«Whoever takes the life of any human being shall be put to death;


whoever takes the life of an animal shall make restitution of another animal. A life for a life!


Anyone who inflicts an injury on his neighbor shall receive the same in return.


Limb for limb, eye for eye, tooth for tooth! The same injury that a man gives another shall be inflicted on him in return.


Whoever slays an animal shall make restitution, but whoever slays a man shall be put to death.


You shall have but one rule, for alien and native alike. I, the LORD, am your God.»


When Moses told this to the Israelites, they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him; they carried out the command that the LORD had given Moses.