1611 King James Bible

Exodus 23

Of slander and false witness.

Exodus 23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to bee an vnrighteous witnesse.

Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to doe euill: neither shalt thou speake in a cause, to decline after many, to wrest [iudgement]:

Of justice.

Exodus 23:3 Neither shalt thou countenance a poore man in his cause.

Of charitableness.

Exodus 23:4 If thou meete thine enemies oxe or his asse going astray, thou shalt surely bring it backe to him againe. Exodus 23:5 If thou see the asse of him that hateth thee, lying vnder his burden, and wouldest forbeare to helpe him, thou shalt surely helpe with him.

Of justice.

Exodus 23:6 Thou shalt not wrest the iudgement of thy poore in his cause. Exodus 23:7 Keepe thee farre from a false matter: and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not iustifie the wicked.

Exodus 23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and peruerteth the words of the righteous.

Exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppresse a stranger: for yee know the heart of a stranger, seeing yee were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Of the year of rest.

Exodus 23:10 And sixe yeres thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruites thereof: Exodus 23:11 But the seuenth [yeere] thou shalt let it rest, and lie still, that the poore of thy people may eate, and what they leaue, the beasts of the field shall eate. In like maner thou shalt deale with thy vineyard, [and] with thy oliue yard.

Of the Sabbath.

Exodus 23:12 Sixe dayes thou shalt doe thy worke, and on the seuenth day thou shalt rest: that thine oxe and thine asse may rest, and the sonne of thy handmayd, & the stranger may be refreshed.

Of idolatry.

Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I haue said vnto you, be circumspect: and make no mention of the names of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Of the three feasts.

Exodus 23:14 Three times thou shalt keepe a feast vnto me in the yeere. Exodus 23:15 Thou shalt keepe the feast of vnleauened bread: thou shalt eate vnleauened bread seuen daies, as I commanded thee in the time appointed of the moneth Abib: for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appeare before me emptie: Exodus 23:16 And the feast of haruest, the first fruits of thy labours, which thou hast sowen in the field: and the feast of ingathering [which is] in the end of the yeere, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. Exodus 23:17 Three times in the yeere all thy males shall appeare before the Lord GOD.

Of the blood and the fat of the sacrifice.

Exodus 23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leauened bread, neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remaine vntill the morning. Exodus 23:19 The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God: thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mothers milke.

An angel is promised, with a blessing, if they obey him.

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee to keepe thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I haue prepared. Exodus 23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, prouoke him not: for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. Exodus 23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and doe all that I speake, then I wil be an enemie vnto thine enemies, and an aduersarie vnto thine aduersaries. Exodus 23:23 For mine Angel shall goe before thee, and bring thee in vnto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hiuites, and the Iebusites: and I will cut them off. Exodus 23:24 Thou shalt not bow downe to their gods, nor serue them, nor doe after their workes: but thou shalt vtterly ouerthrowe them, and quite breake downe their images. Exodus 23:25 And yee shall serue the LORD your God, and he shall blesse thy bread, and thy water: and I will take sicknes away from the midst of thee.

Exodus 23:26 There shall nothing cast their yong, nor bee barren in thy land: the number of thy dayes I will fulfill. Exodus 23:27 I will send my feare before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turne their backes vnto thee. Exodus 23:28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall driue out the Hiuite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before thee. Exodus 23:29 I will not driue them out from before thee in one yeere, lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. Exodus 23:30 By little and little I will driue them out from before thee, vntill thou be increased and inherit the land. Exodus 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea, euen vnto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert vnto the riuer: for I will deliuer the inhabitants of the land into your hand: and thou shalt driue them out before thee. Exodus 23:32 Thou shalt make no couenant with them, nor with their gods. Exodus 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sinne against me: for if thou serue their gods, it will surely be a snare vnto thee.

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