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All 613 Laws of the Old Testament

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613 Laws: 248 positive

 

248 Positive Commandments

 

Believe in Yahweh as the Only Source of Power in the Universe. (Exodus 20:2)

Submit to Yahweh as the Supreme Head, to be in unity with Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Love Yahweh with all your heart, soul, and might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Reverence Yahweh by Keeping His Laws. (Deuteronomy 6:12-13, 25)

Serve Yahweh. (Exodus 23:25)

Hold fast to Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

Taking an oath by Yahweh's Name. (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Walk in Yahweh's ways. (Deuteronomy 28:9)

Sanctify Yahweh's Name. (Leviticus 22:32)

Read (study and meditate on) the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Teach the Book of the Law to our children. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Bind the Law upon our hands. (Deuteronomy 6:8)

Bind (write) the Law upon our minds. (Deuteronomy 6:8)

Make tzitzit on the corners of the tallits. (Numbers 15:38-40)

Preach and publish Yahweh's Law. (Deuteronomy 6:9)

Gather for the reading of the Law every seventh year. (Deuteronomy 31:10-13)

A king must acquire and apply the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

Acquire the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 31:19)

Be thankful to Yahweh in prayer, praise, and deed. (Deuteronomy 8:10)

 

The Temple and the Priests

 

Build the Holy sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 25:8-9)

We must reverence Yahweh in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Leviticus 19:30)

Guard the sanctuary of Yahweh at all times. (Numbers 18:2, 4)

The priests and Levites shall do their appointed work in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:23,6-7)

The priests must wash their hands and feet. (Exodus 30:17-21)

The priests must light the seven lamp lampstand. (Exodus 27:20-21)

The priests must bless the people with the Name of Yahweh. (Numbers 6:23-27)

The priests must set the showbread and frankincense before the ark. (Exodus 25:30)

The priests must burn the incense on the golden altar in the morning and between the evenings. (Exodus 30:7-8)

The priests must keep the fire burning on the altar continuously. (Leviticus 6:12-13)

The priests must remove the ashes from the altar daily. (Leviticus 6:10-11)

The priests must keep the ritually unclean out of the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 5:2-3)

The priests must be regarded as holy. (Leviticus 21:8)

The priests must dress in special priestly garments. (Exodus 28:2-43)

The priests must bear the responsibility for the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:1, 5)

The priests must prepare the holy anointing oil according to its formula. (Exodus 30:23-33)

The priests must perform their services at the sanctuary of Yahweh at the appointed time. (Deuteronomy 18:6-8)

The priests may become ritually unclean due to certain close relatives. (Leviticus 21:1-4)

The High Priest may marry only a virgin. (Leviticus 21:13-14)

 

Sacrifices

 

The continual burnt offering (Tamid sacrifice) must be offered twice daily. (Numbers 28:2-6)

The grain and drink offering must be offered twice daily. (Numbers 28:2-8)

An additional sacrifice must be offered every Sabbath. (Numbers 28:9-10)

An additional sacrifice must be offered on The New Moon. (Numbers 28:11-15)

An additional sacrifice must be offered every day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover). (Numbers 28:18-24)

The Omer offering of the first barley must also be brought on the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) and must be waved by the priests on the second day of the Feast. (Leviticus 23:10-14)

An additional offering must be offered at The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Numbers 28:26-30)

Two wave loaves of bread baked with salt must be offered on The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Leviticus 23:17)

An additional sacrifice must be offered on The Feast of Trumpets. (Numbers 29:1-6)

An additional sacrifice must be offered on the Day of Atonement. (Numbers 29:7-8)

The Atonement Service must be performed on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 16:2-34)

An additional sacrifice must be offered every day of The Feast of Tabernacles. (Numbers 29:12-34)

An additional sacrifice must be offered on The Last Great Day. (Numbers 29:35-40)

Three times a year keep a Feast to Yahweh: at The Feast of Unleavened Bread, at The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and at The Feast of Tabernacles. (Exodus 23:14-17)

The Feasts of Yahweh must be kept only at the Place Yahweh chooses, at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 14)

Every household must appear before Yahweh and rejoice at the Feasts. (Deuteronomy 16:14)

The Passover Lamb must be killed on the fourteenth day of Abib between the two evenings. (Numbers 28:16)

The Passover Lamb must be eaten on the night of the fifteenth of Abib.(Exodus 12:8-11)

Those who are unclean from a dead body or away on a journey (stranded, detained, or imprisoned) must kill the Passover Lamb in the Second Moon. (Numbers 9:10-11)

The Passover in the Second Moon must be held according to all its ordinances. (Numbers 9:11-12)

The silver trumpets must be sounded at Feast times, New Moons, and also in times of tribulation, to call the congregation together. (Numbers 10:2, 9-10)

All animals to be sacrificed must be at least eight days old. (Leviticus 22:27)

All animals to be sacrificed must be without blemish. (Leviticus 22:21)

All offerings must be salted. (Leviticus 2:13)

The Law of the burnt offering. (Leviticus 1:2-17)

The Law of the sin offering. (Leviticus 6:25-30)

The Law of the trespass offering. (Leviticus 7:1-2, 7)

The Law of the peace offering. (Leviticus 3:1-17)

The Law of the grain offering. (Leviticus 2:1-16)

If the congregation sins ignorantly, a sin offering must be brought. (Leviticus 4:13-21)

If a person sins ignorantly, a sin offering must be brought when he learns of his sin. (Leviticus 4:27-35)

If a person is in doubt as to whether he has sinned in regard to any of the holy things, a suspensive guilt offering must be brought. (Leviticus 5:15-19)

A sin offering must be brought for stealing, swearing falsely, and sins of a like nature. (Leviticus 6:1-7)

The sin offering must be according to one's means. (Leviticus 5:7-13)

We must confess our sins to Yahweh, repent for them, and be converted to the keeping of Yahweh's Laws. (Numbers 5:6-7)

A man who has an abnormal discharge (zab) must bring a sacrifice. (Leviticus 15:13-15)

A woman who has an abnormal discharge (zabah) must bring a sacrifice. (Leviticus 15:28-30)

A woman must bring a sacrifice after childbirth. (Leviticus 12:6-8)

A leper must bring a sacrifice after he has been cleansed. (Leviticus 14:1-32)

The First Tithe is holy, and belongs to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:30-33)

The firstborn of clean animals are holy and belong to Yahweh. (Exodus 13:2)

The firstborn sons belong to Yahweh, but may be redeemed. (Exodus 34:19-20)

The firstling of a donkey must be redeemed. (Exodus 34:20)

If the firstling of a donkey is not redeemed, its neck must be broken. (Exodus 13:13)

All tithes and offerings must be brought to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:5-6)

The sanctuary of Yahweh is the only place Yahweh has chosen to receive tithes, sacrifices, and offerings. (Deuteronomy 12:13-14, 26)

The blood of the sacrifices must be poured out on the altar of Yahweh for our atonement. (Deuteronomy 12:27)

Sanctified animals which have become blemished must be redeemed. (Deuteronomy 15:19-22)

Any animal exchanged for an offering is also holy. (Leviticus 27:10, 33)

The priests are to eat the meat of the consecrated offerings. (Exodus 29:33)

The priests are to eat the remainder of the grain offering. (Leviticus 10:12-13)

Consecrated meat of an offering which becomes ritually unclean must be burned. (Leviticus 7:19)

Consecrated meat of an offering not eaten within its appointed time must be burned. (Leviticus 7:17)

 

Vows

 

A Nazirite must let his hair grow during the period of separation. (Numbers 6:5)

A Nazirite must shave his head and bring the sacrifice when the period of separation is over. (Numbers 6:13-18)

Vows and oaths to Yahweh must be kept. (Deuteronomy 23:2123)

The Law of binding and loosing a vow. (Numbers 30:2- 16)

 

Ritual Purity

 

Anyone who touches or eats the carcass of an unclean animal becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11)

Anyone who touches or eats the carcass of a clean animal that dies of itself, or is torn by wild animals, becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11:29-31)

Any article that has come in contact with a ritually unclean object becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11:31-38)

Menstruous women are ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:19-24)

Women after childbirth are ritually unclean. (Leviticus 12:2)

Anyone with a spreading skin disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 13:2-46)

Any clothing contaminated with a spreading disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 13:47-59)

A house contaminated by a spreading disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 14:34-57)

A man having an abnormal discharge (zab) is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:2-15)

Anyone or anything coming into contact with semen becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:16-18)

A woman with an abnormal discharge (zabah) is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:19, 25-28)

A human corpse and anyone who comes near it is ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:11-16)

The purification water purifies the ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:2-22)

Those ritually unclean must purify at the appointed time by laundering their clothes and immersing in water. (Leviticus 15:27)

Those ritually unclean of a spreading skin disease must follow the specified purification procedure. (Leviticus 14:2-32)

Those unclean of a spreading skin disease must shave off all their hair. (Leviticus 14:9)

Those unclean of a spreading skin disease must be easily distinguishable. (Leviticus 13:45)

The ashes of the red heifer are to be used in ritual purification. (Numbers 19:2-9)

 

Tithes and Offerings to the Sanctuary of Yahweh

 

The priest must set the value of a person dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:2-8, 25)

The priest must set the value of an animal dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:9-13, 27)

The priest must set the value of a house dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:14-15)

The priest must set the value of a field dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:16-24)

If one sins ignorantly regarding the Holy Offerings, full restitution must be made, adding a fifth of the value to it. (Leviticus 22:14-16)

The fruit of the fourth years growth is holy, and must be given to the priest. (Leviticus 19:23-25)

The corners of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor. (Leviticus 19:9)

The gleanings of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor (Leviticus 19:9)

The forgotten sheaves of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:19)

Any remaining olives or grapes must be left for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:20-21)

Any fallen grapes must be left for the poor. (Leviticus 19:10)

The first fruits of all our labor must be separated and brought to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 23:19)

All Holy Offerings must be given to the priests at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:8-14, 21)

The First Tithe (the first tenth) of all our increase must be given to the sanctuary of Yahweh for the work of (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:24)

The Second Tithe must be set aside for the Feasts of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 14:23-26)

The priests and Levites must also tithe to the Work of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:24-32)

The Third Tithe must be set aside for the poor in the third and sixth years of the seven year cycle. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)

Tithes and Offerings must be presented to Yahweh with prayer. (Deuteronomy 26:12-19)

Each household is to bring or send their tithes and offerings before Yahweh to the sanctuary of Yahweh (no Christian collection plate). (Deuteronomy 26:2-4, 10)

The first portion of the grain offering must be given to the priest at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 15:18-21)

 

The Sabbatical Year

 

Every seventh year is a Sabbath of Rest for the land and the fields must lie fallow and the ground must not be tilled. (Leviticus 25:2-7, 20-22)

In the seventh year everything that grows is to be eaten by all. (Leviticus 25:2-7,20-22)

You must consecrate and proclaim the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:10-12)

On the Day of Atonement in the Jubilee year, the shofar must be sounded and all Hebrew slaves set free. (Leviticus 25:9-10, 13)

In the Jubilee year all the land is to be returned to its appointed owners. (Leviticus 25:23-28)

In a walled city the seller has a right to buy back a house within a year of the sale. (Leviticus 25:29-30)

The years until the Jubilee must be counted. (Leviticus 25:8)

The seventh year is the Year of Release. (Deuteronomy 15:3)

In the seventh year a foreigner may be pressed for payment of a debt. (Deuteronomy 15:3)

 

Clean Animals Fit for Consumption and of Offerings

 

The priests must receive their share of all dean animals that are slaughtered. (Deuteronomy 18:3)

The priests must receive the first fleece from the shearing of sheep. (Deuteronomy 18:4)

Anything devoted to Yahweh becomes Most Holy to Yahweh and becomes the property of the sanctuary of Yahweh and the priests. (Leviticus 27:28)

To be fit for consumption, clean animals must be slaughtered. (Do not eat what dies of itself or is killed by wild beasts.) (Deuteronomy 12:21)

The blood of slaughtered clean animals must be poured on the ground and covered with earth. (Leviticus 17:10-16)

Set the mother bird free when taking the nest or the young. (Deuteronomy 22:6-7)

Examine the meat of animals to make sure it is permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:2-8)

Examine fowl to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Deuteronomy 14:11-19)

Examine locusts to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:20-23)

Examine fish to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:9-12)

 

The Feasts and Sabbaths

 

The New Moons are to be observed to set Yahweh's Feasts. (Exodus 12:2) (Deuteronomy 16:1)

The seventh day of every week is Yahweh's Sabbath of rest, and a Holy Convocation. (Exodus 23:12, 16:23)

Keep the Sabbath Day holy by making preparation in advance. (Exodus 20:8-11)

Remove all leaven from all your property by the fifteenth of Abib. (Exodus 12:15)

On the fifteenth day of Abib we must teach our children the story of The Exodus from Egypt. (Exodus 13:8)

We must eat unleavened bread from the fifteenth through the twenty-first of Abib. (Exodus 12:18)

The first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. Cooking may be done on a Feast Day Sabbath, but not on the weekly Sabbath. (Exodus 12:16)

The seventh day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Exodus 12:16)

We must count fifty days-from the day after the First Holy Day Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (The Count of Omer) to The Feast of Weeks. (Leviticus 23:15-16)

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:21)

The Feast of Trumpets is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:24)

The Day of Atonement is a day of complete fasting. (Leviticus 16:29-31)

The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:27-32)

The First Day of the Feast of Tabernacles is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:34-35)

The Last Great Day is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:36)

Dwell in booths (succahs-temporary dwellings) during The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:42)

A Succah must be built before The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:40)

Sound the shofar on The Feast of Trumpets. (Numbers 29:1)

 

Laws Concerning the Duty of the Community and Observing the Authority of Yahweh's Laws and Yahweh's Annointed

 

Every male 20 years old and above must give half a shekel to the sanctuary of Yahweh annually. (Exodus 30:12-16)

Listen to and obey Yahweh's Anointed Servant, the Overseer of the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)

The king that Yahweh chooses must be appointed. (Deuteronomy 17:15)

Listen to and obey Yahweh's anointed priests (The Body of Elders of the sanctuary of Yahweh under the direction of the Overseer of the sanctuary of Yahweh). (Deuteronomy 17:8-13)

When we give testimony in a lawsuit, we must speak the truth. (Exodus 23:2)

Elders and office holders must be chosen by Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 16:18)

The Elders of The sanctuary of Yahweh, chosen by Yahweh, must judge the people impartially according to Yahweh's Laws. (Leviticus 19:15)

Whoever is aware of evidence in a case must speak up and testify. (Leviticus 5:1)

The testimony of witnesses shall be examined thoroughly by the Elders. (Deuteronomy 13:14)

False witnesses shall be judged according to the Law. (Deuteronomy 19:19)

When a person is found murdered and the murderer is unknown, the prescribed ritual must be performed. (Deuteronomy 21:19)

Six cities of refuge in the land of Israel must be established. (Numbers 35:6-15)

The priests and Levites must be given cities to live in. (Numbers 35:2-5)

Build a guard rail around a roof (if it is flat and used as living space), and remove potential hazards from the home. (Deuteronomy 22:8)

 

The Worship of False Gods and Related Practices

 

The practice of godworship (the worship of false gods) must be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 12:2-4)

A city which turns to godworship (the worship of false gods) must be treated according to the Law. (Deuteronomy 13:12-18)

The godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods) will be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 20:17)

We must blot out the remembrance of godworshipers (those who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 25:19)

Remember what the godworshipers (those who worship false gods) did to Israel. (Deuteronomy 25:1-18)

 

Laws Concerning Times of Tribulation and Persecution

 

Our conduct must be according to Yahweh's Law during times of persecution. (Deuteronomy 20:11-12)

The priests must address the congregation in times of tribulation. (Deuteronomy 20:2-4)

The camp of Yahweh must be kept in a sanitary condition. (Deuteronomy 23:9)

The camp of Yahweh must be equipped with the necessary implements to keep it in a sanitary condition, and each must do his part. (Deuteronomy 23:12-14)

 

Our Duties to Our Fellow Man

 

Stolen property must be returned to the owner. (Leviticus 6:2-5)

The poor must be taken care of according to Yahweh's Laws. (Deuteronomy 15:8, 11)

When a Hebrew slave goes free, the owner must give him gifts. (Deuteronomy 15:12-14, 18)

Loans to brothers must be without interest. (Exodus 22:25)

Loans to the foreigner may be with interest. (Deuteronomy 23:21)

Restore a pledge for a loan to its owner if he needs it. (Deuteronomy 24:12-13)

Pay the hired worker his wages on time. (Deuteronomy 24:15)

Permit the poor to eat of the produce of the vineyard or the standing grain. (Deuteronomy 23:24-25)

Help a stranger who has a fallen animal. (Exodus 23:5)

Help your brother who has a fallen animal. (Deuteronomy 22:4)

Lost property must be restored to its owner. (Exodus 23:4; Deuteronomy 22:1)

Those who sin must be corrected. (Leviticus 19:17)

Love your neighbor, whether a brother or an enemy, as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18)

Love the stranger and the new convert among you. (Deuteronomy 10:19)

Use only honest weights and measures. (Leviticus 19:36)

 

Family

 

Show honor and respect for Yahweh's appointed teachers. (Leviticus 19:32)

Show honor and respect to parents. (Exodus 20:12)

Become Holy as Yahweh is Holy. (Leviticus 19:2)

Bring forth the Holy Seed, the 144,000 Holy Priesthood promised to Abraham. (Genesis 1:28)

Marriage must be according to Yahweh's laws. (Deuteronomy 24:1)

A bridegroom is to rejoice with his bride. (Deuteronomy 24:5)

All males must be circumcised, newborn males on the eighth day. (Genesis 17:10-12, 14)

Should a man die childless, his brother must either marry the widow. (Deuteronomy 25:5-6)

He may release his brother's widow. (Deuteronomy 25:7-10)

A man who violates a virgin must pay the bride price, marry her if her father permits, and may never divorce her. (Deuteronomy 22:29)

The Elders must judge in a case of premarital promiscuity. (Deuteronomy 22:13-15)

A woman's father may utterly refuse to give his daughter to a man even though he pays the bride price. (Exodus 22:16-17)

The female captive must be treated in accordance with special regulations concerning repentance and conversion. (Deuteronomy 21:11-14)

Divorce can only be for the cause of premarital fornication by the bride. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

A woman suspected of adultery must submit to the required test. (Numbers 5:12-15)

 

Judgments

 

When required by Law, the judges must administer the appropriate punishment. (Deuteronomy 25:2-3)

The Law concerning unintentional homicide. (Numbers 35:22-29)

The Law concerning murder. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13)

There is one Law for all-for the Israelite and for the stranger. (Numbers 15:15-16)

One who sins (breaks any of Yahweh's Laws) whether intentionally or unintentionally is guilty. (Leviticus 5:17; Numbers 15:30)

The penalty for sin, which is the breaking (transgression) of Yahweh's laws, is death. (Numbers 15:30-31)

Atonement can be made through the Righteous High Priest for those who truly repent of sin and turn in complete obedience to Yahweh's Laws. (Leviticus 16:16, 32-34)

The body of one who is executed must be buried the same day. (Deuteronomy 21:23)

 

Laws Concerning Slaves

 

Hebrew slaves must be treated according to the special Laws for them. (Exodus 21:2-6)

The owner or his son may marry his Hebrew maidservant. (Exodus 21:8-9)

If the owner or his son does not marry his Hebrew maidservant, he must allow her father to redeem her. (Exodus 21:8)

The regulation of the foreign slaves. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

 

Lawsuits

 

Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury caused by a person. (Exodus 21:18-25)

Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury cause by an animal. (Exodus 21: 28-32)

Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury caused to an animal. (Exodus 21:33-36)

A thief must make full restitution or else be sold for his theft. (Exodus 22:1-4)

Judgment must be rendered in cases of property damage caused by animals. (Exodus 22:5)

Judgment must be rendered in cases of fire damage. (Exodus 22:6)

Judgment must be rendered in cases involving items held for safe-keeping. (Exodus 22:7-8)

Judgment must be rendered in cases involving animals held for safe-keeping. (Exodus 22:10-13)

Judgment must be rendered in cases of claims against a borrower. (Exodus 22:14-15)

Judgment must be rendered in disputes arising out of sales. (Leviticus 25:14-17)

Judgment must be rendered in disputes over possession of property. (Exodus 22:9)

Monetary restitution must be paid in cases involving bodily damage. (Deuteronomy 25:11-12) (Exodus 21:18-25)

Judgment must be rendered in disputes arising out of inheritance. (Numbers 27:8-11) (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)

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365 Negative Commandments

 

The Worship of False Gods and Related Practices

 

Do not trust in any power but Yahweh. (Exodus 20:3)

Do not make images of the gods (false gods) to be worshiped (Exodus 20:4)

Do not take on the character of the gods (the false gods). (Leviticus 19:4)

Do not make gods (false gods) out of anything. (Exodus 20:23)

Do not bow down to any false god. (Exodus 20:5)

Do not worship, serve, obey nor follow the ways (laws) of the false gods. (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

Do not sacrifice children to any false god. (Leviticus 18:21)

Do not seek after mediums. (Leviticus 19:31)

Do not seek after familiar spirits. (Leviticus 19:31)

Do not seek to learn the ways of the false gods in order to follow them. (Deuteronomy 12:30)

Do not use a sacred pillar or pole for the worship of Yahweh, do not set the Feasts by it. (Deuteronomy 16:21-22)

Do not make false gods out of carved stone. (Leviticus 26:1)

Do not worship Asherah, the Queen of Heaven. (Deuteronomy 16:21)

Do not vow or worship in the name of a false god. (Exodus 23:13)

Do not teach or entice any community to worship false gods. (Deuteronomy 13:12-14)

Do not teach or entice any individual to worship false gods. (Deuteronomy 13:6-8)

Do not listen to any one who teaches or practices godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)

Do not give in to anyone who teaches or practices godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)

Do not pity anyone who teaches godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)

Do not spare anyone who teaches godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)

Do not conceal the fact when someone tries to teach godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)

Do not lust after the wealth of the false gods. (Deuteronomy 7:25)

Do not rebuild that which has been devoted to godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:16)

Do not make use of property used for godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:17)

Do not bring godworship (the worship of false gods) into the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 7:26)

Do not teach in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 18:20)

Do not teach or prophesy falsely in the Name of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:20)

Do not listen to one who teaches in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 13:3-4)

Do not reverence one who teaches in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 18:22)

Do not imitate the ways of godworshipers (worshipers of false gods) or practice their customs. (Leviticus 20:23)

Do not practice foretelling the future by consulting the false gods. (Leviticus 19:26)

Do not practice astrology. (Leviticus 19:26)

Do not practice foretelling the future by interpreting omens. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Do not practice sorcery. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Do not practice magic. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Do not practice witchcraft. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Do not consult with demon spirits (false gods). (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Do not attempt to contact the dead; they know nothing. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

Women must not wear a man's Holy Garments. (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Men must not wear a woman's Holy Garments. (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Do not tattoo yourself. (Leviticus 19:28)

Do not wear Holy Garments made of both wool and linen. (Deuteronomy 22:11)

Do not shave the sides of your head in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:27)

Do not shave the sides of your beard in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:27)

Do not cut your bodies in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:28)

 

Prohibitions Against Making Allies With Nations Who Worship False Gods

 

Do not return to the ways of godworship (the worship of false gods) and sin. (Deuteronomy 17:16)

Do not follow teachings other than the Law of Yahweh taught by the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 15:39)

Do not make allies with godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Exodus 34:15)

Do not spare any of the godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 20:16-18)

Do not show mercy to the godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:2)

Do not permit godworshipers (worshipers of false gods) who refuse to repent to remain in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 23:32-33)

Do not make marriages with godworshipers (worshipers of false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:3)

Do not allow a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) to join the sanctuary of Yahweh unless he repents. (Deuteronomy 23:3-4)

Do not abhor an Edomite who repents. (Deuteronomy 23:7)

Do not abhor an Egyptian who repents. (Deuteronomy 23:7)

Do not have fellowship with a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) who refuses to repent. (Deuteronomy 23:6)

Do not destroy fruit trees. (Deuteronomy 20:19)

Do not fear the adversaries of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 7:21)

Do not forget the evil done by the adversaries of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 25:19)

 

Blasphemy

 

You must not blaspheme the Holy Name of Yahweh, professing to keep Yahweh's Laws yet practicing sin. (Leviticus 24:16)

Do not break an oath or vow made in the Name of Yahweh. (Leviticus 19:12)

Do not take Yahweh's Name and bring it to nothing by hiding Yahweh's Name. (Exodus 20:7)

Do not profane Yahweh's Name. (Leviticus 22:32)

Do not test Yahweh by doubting or rebelling. (Deuteronomy 6:16)

Do not worship Yahweh in the ways of godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 12:4)

Do not allow the body of one hanged to remain so overnight. (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)

 

The Sanctuary of Yahweh

 

Do not neglect the duty of guarding the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:4-5)

The High Priest must not enter the Holy of Holies without the appropriate sacrifice. (Leviticus 16:2)

A priest with a defect or blemish must not enter the Holy of Holies at all. (Leviticus 21:21-23)

A priest with a defect or blemish must not come near to offer the food of Yahweh. (Leviticus 21:17)

A priest with a temporary blemish must not participate in the service there until it has healed. (Leviticus 21:18)

The priests must not exchange their duties with their assistants, the Levites. (Numbers 18:2-3)

The priests must not drink wine or strong drink before entering the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh to perform their duties or teach the Law. (Leviticus 10:9-11)

No one other than the priests may come near to minister to Yahweh. (Numbers 18:4, 22)

The priests must not serve in the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-9)

The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:6-7)

Do not enter the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh while ritually unclean. (Numbers 5:3)

Do not fail to ritually purify by laundering and bathing at the appointed time after becoming ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:20; Leviticus 17:16)

Do not build an altar of cut stone. (Exodus 20:25)

The priests must not go up to the altar by steps. (Exodus 20:26)

The priests must not allow the fire on the altar to be extinguished. (Leviticus 6:13)

The priests must not burn any unauthorized incense on the golden altar. (Exodus 30:9)

Do not make oil according to the holy anointing oil for personal use. (Exodus 30:31-33)

The holy anointing oil must not be misused. (Exodus 30:32)

Do not make incense according to the formula of the holy incense for personal use. (Exodus 30:37)

Do not remove the poles from the Ark of the Covenant. (Exodus 25:15)

Do not remove the breastplate from the ephod. (Exodus 28:28)

Do not make the Holy Garments improperly, so that they tear. (Exodus 28:32)

 

Sacrifices and Holy Tithes and Offerings

 

Do not offer sacrifices or Tithes and Offerings except to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:13-14)

Do not offer consecrated animals except to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Leviticus 17:3-7)

Do not sanctify a blemished animal as an Offering to Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:20, 22, 24)

Do not slaughter a blemished animal as an Offering to Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:22)

Do not sprinkle the blood of a blemished animal on the altar of Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:19-24)

Do not burn the sacrificial portions of a blemished animal. (Leviticus 22:22)

Do not offer an animal with even a temporary blemish. (Deuteronomy 17:1)

Do not accept a blemished offering from a Gentile. (Leviticus 22:25)

Do not inflict a blemish on an animal consecrated as an offering. (Leviticus 22:21)

Do not offer any leaven or honey on the altar. (Leviticus 2:11)

Do not offer a sacrifice without salt. (Leviticus 2:13)

Do not bring the financial gain from godworship (the worship of false gods) into the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 23:18)

Do not kill an animal and its young on the same day. Leviticus 22:28)

Do not use olive oil in the Sin Offering of the poor man. (Leviticus 5:11)

Do not use frankincense in the Sin Offering of the poor man. (Leviticus 5:11)

Do not use olive oil in the grain Offering of jealousy. (Numbers 5:15)

Do not use frankincense in the grain Offering of jealousy. (Numbers 5:15)

Do not make substitutes for any vowed Offerings. (Leviticus 27:10)

Do not dedicate the firstborn of an animal since it already belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:26)

Do not redeem the firstborn of clean animals, since they belong to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Numbers 18:17-18)

Do not redeem the Tithes; they belong to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:32-33)

Do not sell dedicated property, it belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:21, 28)

Do not redeem dedicated property after the specified time; it belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:28)

Do not sever the head of a bird offered as a Sin Offering. (Leviticus 5:7-8)

Do not work with a dedicated animal. (Deuteronomy 15:19)

Do not shear a dedicated animal. (Deuteronomy 15:19)

Do not offer the Passover Lamb with leaven. (Exodus 34:25)

Do not allow the sacrificial fat of the Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Exodus 23:18)

Do not allow the meat of the Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Exodus 12:10)

Do not leave any part of the additional Offering overnight. (Deuteronomy 16:4)

Do not allow any part of the second Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Numbers 9:12)

Do not leave any part of the thanksgiving Offering until morning. (Leviticus 22:29-30)

Do not break any bones of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:46)

Do not break any bones of the second Passover Lamb. (Numbers 9:12)

Do not remove the Passover Lamb from the sanctuary where it is eaten. (Exodus 12:46)

Do not bake the remainder of the grain Offering with leaven. (Leviticus 6:17)

Do not eat the Passover Lamb raw or boiled. (Exodus 12:9)

Do not allow the stranger or hired servant to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:45)

Do not allow any uncircumcised person to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:48)

Do not allow one that has fallen away (become a stranger) to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:43)

Do not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-6)

Do not eat any food which becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 7:19)

Do not eat of the sacrifices which remain after the third day, they must be burned. (Leviticus 19:6-8)

Sacrifices remaining past the third day will not be accepted by Yahweh. (Leviticus 7:16-18)

No one outside of the priest's family may eat of the Most Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10-11)

No stranger or hired worker may eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10)

No uncircumcised person may eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10)

The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-9)

The daughter of a priest who is married to a non-priest must not eat of Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:12-13)

Do not eat the grain Offering which the priest himself offers. (Leviticus 6:20-23)

Do not eat of the sin Offering whose blood is sprinkled on the inner altar. (Leviticus 6:30)

Do not eat any abominable thing, whether unclean meat or blemished Offerings. (Deuteronomy 14:3)

Do not eat the second tithe of grain except at Yahweh's Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-8)

Do not drink the second tithe of wine except at Yahweh's Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)

Do not eat the second tithe of oil except at Yahweh's Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)

Do not eat the feast sacrifices except at Yahweh's Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)

The priests may not eat the Second Tithes except at Yahweh's Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)

The priests must not eat the meat of the burnt Offering at all. (Leviticus 1:9)

The meat from any of the sacrifices must not be eaten before the blood has been sprinkled on the altar. (Deuteronomy 12:17)

The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings except at a Holy Place (the sanctuary of Yahweh). (Leviticus 10:13-14)

Do not allow a stranger to eat of the Most Holy Offering. (Exodus 29:33)

Do not eat of the second tithe while at home in a state of ritual impurity (not during the Feast). (Deuteronomy 26:14)

Do not eat of the second tithe in honor of the dead. (Deuteronomy 26:14)

Do not eat of the second tithe in honor of any false god. (Deuteronomy 26:14)

Do not allow any unauthorized person to eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:14-16)

Do not delay to pay Tithes and Offerings to Yahweh at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 22:29)

Do not delay to pay vows to Yahweh at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 23:21)

Do not appear before Yahweh at His Feasts at the sanctuary of Yahweh empty-handed (without an Offering). (Deuteronomy 16:16-17)

Do not break vows and oaths to Yahweh. (Numbers 30:2)

 

The Priests

 

A priest must not marry a woman who is a harlot (zonah). (Leviticus 21:6-8)

A priest must not marry a woman who refuses to repent of godworship (chalalah-a woman who worships false gods). (Leviticus 21:7)

A priest must not marry a woman divorced from her lawful husband. (Leviticus 21:7)

The High Priest must not marry a widow. (Leviticus 21:14)

The High Priest must not marry a woman defiled by harlotry or godworship (the worship of false gods). (Leviticus 21:14)

Priests must not allow their hair to grow long. (Leviticus 10:6)

Priests must not tear, or serve with torn Holy Garments. (Leviticus 10:6)

Priests must not forsake their appointed office. (Leviticus 10:7)

Priests must not become ritually unclean except for their nearest relatives. (Leviticus 21:1-4)

The High Priest must not go near any dead body. (Leviticus 21:11)

The High Priest must not become ritually impure for any dead body. (Leviticus 21:11)

The tribe of Levi shall have no part in the division of the land of Israel. (Deuteronomy 18:1)

The tribe of Levi shall have no inheritance other than Yahweh's Portion. (Numbers 18:20)

Do not shave your head in honor of the dead. (Deuteronomy 14:1; Leviticus 21:5)

 

Dietary Laws

 

Do not eat any unclean animal. (Deuteronomy 14:7-8)

Do not eat any unclean fish or seafood. (Leviticus 11:10-12)

Do not eat any unclean fowl. (Leviticus 11:13)

Do not eat any unclean flying insect. (Leviticus 11:20-23)

Do not eat any insects that creep on the ground. (Leviticus 11:41)

Do not eat any reptiles. (Leviticus 11:44)

Do not eat worms found in fruit or produce. (Leviticus 11 :42)

Do not eat any swarming insects. (Leviticus 11:43; Deuteronomy 14:19)

Do not eat any animal found already dead. (Deuteronomy 14:21)

Do not eat a torn or mauled animal. (Exodus 22:31)

Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it; neither eat any meat not fully cooked. Only when meat is cooked until it is white inside with no tinge of red or pink whatsoever insures that all blood had been removed. (Deuteronomy 12:23)

Do not touch the carcass of an unclean animal. (Leviticus 11:8)

Do not eat blood. (Leviticus 7:26-27)

Do not eat the fat of sacrificed animals. (Leviticus 7:23, 25)

Do not boil a young goat in its mother's milk, since it is a ritual of godworshipers (those who worship false gods). (Exodus 23:19)

Do not eat of or offer any sacrifices to the gods (false gods). (Leviticus 17:7)

Do not eat the meat of a bull that has been stoned to death for goring someone. (Exodus 21:28)

Do not eat any bread in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14, 10)

Do not eat any parched grain in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14)

Do not eat of the fresh green ears in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14)

Do not eat the fruit of young fruit trees for the first three years of growth. (Leviticus 19:23)

Do not eat the produce from the planting of mixed seed. (Deuteronomy 22:9)

Do not partake of drink offerings to the gods (false gods). (Deuteronomy 32:38)

Drunkenness of any sort is prohibited. (Deuteronomy 21:20)

Do not eat or drink anything on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 23:29, 32)

Do not eat leavened bread during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 13:3)

Do not eat any leavened product during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:20)

Do not eat leavened bread with the Passover Lamb. (Deuteronomy 16:3)

No leavened bread is to be found in any of our possessions during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 13:7)

No leavening is to be found in any of our possessions during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:19)

 

Nazirites

 

A Nazirite must not drink wine or any beverage made from grapes. (Numbers 6:3)

A Nazirite must not eat fresh grapes. (Numbers 6:3)

A Nazirite must not eat raisins. (Numbers 6:3)

A Nazirite must not eat grape seeds. (Numbers 6:4)

A Nazirite may not eat the skins of grapes. (Numbers 6:4)

A Nazirite must not become ritually impure for the dead. (Numbers 6:7)

A Nazirite must not go near a dead body. (Numbers 6:6)

A Nazirite must not shave his hair during the time of his separation. (Numbers 6:5)

 

Agriculture

 

Do not harvest the corners of a field; they are for the poor. (Leviticus 23:22)

Do not gather the gleanings of a field; they are for the poor. (Leviticus 23:22)

Do not gather all the olives from the trees, the remaining are for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:20)

Do not gather all the grapes from the vineyard; the remaining are for the poor. (Leviticus 19:10)

Do not return to pick up a forgotten sheaf from a field; it is for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:19)

Do not plant a field with two kinds of seed. (Leviticus 19:19)

Do not plant a vineyard with two kinds of seed. (Deuteronomy 22:9)

Do not crossbreed different species of animals. (Leviticus 19:19)

Do not work with two different species of animals yoked together. (Deuteronomy 22:10)

Do not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. (Deuteronomy 25:4)

Do not till the earth or sow the fields in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:4)

Do not prune your vineyard or trees in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:4)

Do not reap your harvest in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:5)

Do not gather the grapes of the untended vine in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:5)

Do not till the earth or sow the fields in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)

Do not reap the harvest in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)

Do not gather the grapes of the untended vines in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)

The land must not be sold permanently. (Leviticus 25:23)

Do not sell the land belonging to the priests and Levites. (Leviticus 25:34)

Do not neglect the priests and Levites. (Deuteronomy 12:19)

 

Loans, Business, and the Treatment of Slaves

 

Do not demand repayment of a loan after the seventh year. (Deuteronomy 15:2)

Do not refuse to lend to the poor because the seventh year is approaching. (Deuteronomy 15:9)

Do not deny help to the poor. (Deuteronomy 15:7)

Do not send a Hebrew slave away empty-handed when he finishes his period of service. (Deuteronomy 15:13)

Do not demand interest on a loan to a brother. (Exodus 22:25)

Do not lend to a brother with interest. (Leviticus 25:37)

Do not borrow from a brother with interest. (Deuteronomy 23:19-20)

Do not participate in a loan to a brother with interest. (Exodus 22:25)

Do not withhold the wages of a hired man beyond the agreed time. (Leviticus 19:13)

Do not take security on a loan by force. (Deuteronomy 24:10)

Do not keep a poor man's security on a loan when he needs it. (Deuteronomy 24:12-13)

Do not take any security on a loan from a widow. (Deuteronomy 24:17)

Do not take a man's livelihood as security on a loan. (Deuteronomy 24:6)

Do not kidnap a brother. (Exodus 21:16)

Do not steal. (Exodus 20:15)

Do not rob by violence. (Leviticus 19:13)

Do not remove a landmark or alter land boundaries. (Deuteronomy 19:14)

Do not defraud anyone. (Leviticus 19:13)

Do not deal falsely with anyone. (Leviticus 19:11)

Do not vow falsely regarding another man's property. (Leviticus 19:11)

Do not oppress one another in business. (Leviticus 25:14)

Do not take advantage of one another. (Leviticus 25:17)

Do not mistreat a stranger. (Exodus 22:21)

Do not oppress a stranger in business. (Exodus 22:21)

Do not return a slave who has fled from godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 23:15)

Do not oppress or take advantage of a slave who has fled from godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 23:16)

Do not take advantage of widows and orphans. (Exodus 22:22)

Do not treat a brother as a forced slave, with no hope for redemption. (Leviticus 25:39)

Do not sell a brother as a slave to strangers. (Leviticus 25:42)

Do not treat a Hebrew slave ruthlessly. (Leviticus 25:43)

Do not allow a foreigner to mistreat a Hebrew slave. (Leviticus 25:47, 53)

Do not sell a Hebrew maidservant to strangers. (Exodus 21:8)

Do not deprive a wife, or any family member, food, clothing and their own shelter. (Exodus 21:10)

Do not sell a female captive as a forced slave. (Deuteronomy 21:14)

Do not treat a female captive as a forced slave. (Deuteronomy 21:14)

Do not covet another man's possessions. (Exodus 20:17)

Do not covet the possessions of godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:25)

A hired worker may not harvest a brother's grain for himself. (Deuteronomy 23:25)

A hired worker must not take more produce than he can eat. (Deuteronomy 23:24)

Do not fail to return a lost article to its owner. (Deuteronomy 22:1-3)

 

Judgment and Conduct of Judges

 

Do not refuse to help a man or an animal which is collapsing under its burden. (Exodus 23:5) (Deuteronomy 22:4)

Do not use dishonest weights and measures. (Leviticus 19:35)

Do not possess inaccurate weights and measures. (Deuteronomy 25:13-14)

A judge must not pervert justice by rendering his own opinion. He must judge according to Yahweh's Laws. (Leviticus 19:15)

A judge must not accept bribes. (Exodus 23:8)

A judge must not show partiality to the rich. (Leviticus 19:15)

A judge must not be afraid to give Righteous Judgment. (Deuteronomy 1:17)

A judge must not show partiality to the poor. (Leviticus 19:15)

A judge must not deny justice to the poor in his lawsuit. (Exodus 23:6)

A judge must not show pity to the guilty. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13, 21)

A judge must not pervert the justice due to the stranger or the fatherless. (Deuteronomy 24:17)

Do not spread a false report. (Exodus 23:1)

Do not fail to report sin or testify in an investigation. (Leviticus 5:1)

Do not follow the crowd in doing evil. (Exodus 23:2)

Do not appoint as judge one who is ignorant of Yahweh's Laws. (Deuteronomy 1:13)

Do not give false testimony in a lawsuit or investigation. (Exodus 20:16)

The judges must not accept false testimony in a case. (Deuteronomy 19:16-17)

Do not judge a person for the actions of either their parents or their children. (Deuteronomy 24:16)

Do not judge a matter on the testimony of one witness, or on circumstantial evidence. (Deuteronomy 19:15)

Do not murder. (Exodus 20:13)

The judges must not condemn an innocent or righteous person. (Exodus 23:7)

Do not judge a matter until it has been fully investigated. (Deuteronomy 19:18)

Do not put a murderer to death before the judges hear his case. (Numbers 35:12)

Do not fail to carry out the sentence of judgment. (Deuteronomy 17:11-12)

Do not punish the innocent victim of crime. (Deuteronomy 22:26)

Do not accept ransom from one who willfully murdered. He must surely be put to death. (Numbers 35:31)

Do not accept ransom from one who killed accidentally. He must remain at the city of refuge. (Numbers 35:32)

Do not endanger anyone's life. (Leviticus 19:16)

Do not neglect to protect against hazards. (Deuteronomy 22:8)

Do not mislead another person by giving unlawful advice. (Leviticus 19:14)

Do not administer more punishment than the Law allows. (Deuteronomy 25:2-3)

Do not go about tale-bearing or slandering about anyone. (Leviticus 19:16)

Do not bear hatred for anyone. (Leviticus 19:17)

Do not share in another's guilt by not correcting sin. (Leviticus 19:17)

Do not seek revenge against your fellow man. (Leviticus 19:18)

Do not bear a grudge against your fellow man. (Leviticus 19:18)

Do not take the mother when taking the young birds. (Deuteronomy 22:6)

Do not shave a diseased area of skin. (Leviticus 13:33)

Do not remove the signs of leprosy. (Deuteronomy 24:8)

Do not neglect to inform the priests when a dead body is found. (Deuteronomy 21:1-2)

Do not permit a witch to live. (Exodus 22:18)

Do not force a bridegroom to perform military service during the first year of his marriage. (Deuteronomy 24:5)

Do not rebel against the teaching of Yahweh's anointed servants. (Deuteronomy 17:11)

Do not add to any of Yahweh's Laws. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Do not take away from Yahweh's Laws. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Do not curse, revile or rebel against Yahweh's appointed judges. (Exodus 22:28)

Do not curse, revile or rebel against the authority placed by Yahweh. (Exodus 22:28)

Do not curse the deaf. (Leviticus 19:14)

Do not curse parents or teachers. (Exodus 21:17)

Do not strike or become violent with parents or teachers. (Exodus 21:15)

Do not work on the Sabbath. (Exodus 20:10, 31:15)

Do not conduct personal business on the Sabbath. (Exodus 16:29)

Do not kindle anger or wrath on the Sabbath. (Exodus 35:3; Deuteronomy 32:22)

Do not work on the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:16)

Do not work on the seventh day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:16)

Do not work on The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Leviticus 23:21)

Do not work on The Feast of Trumpets. (Leviticus 23:24-25)

Do not work on the first day of The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:35)

Do not work on The Last Great Day. (Leviticus 23:36)

Do not work on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 23:28)

 

Sinful Relationships

 

A man must not have sexual relations with his mother. (Leviticus 18:7)

A man must not have sexual relations with his father's wife. (Leviticus 18:8)

A man must not have sexual relations with his sister. (Leviticus 18:9)

A man must not have sexual relations with his half-sister. (Leviticus 18:11)

A man must not have sexual have relations with his son's daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)

A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter's daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)

A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)

A man must not marry a woman and her daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)

A man must not marry a woman and her son's daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)

A man must not marry a woman and her daughter's daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)

A man must not have sexual relations with his father's sister. (Leviticus 18:12)

A man must not have sexual relations with his mother's sister. (Leviticus 18:13)

A man must not have sexual relations with his father's brother's wife. (Leviticus 18:14)

A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter-in-law. (Leviticus 18:15)

A man must not have sexual relations with his brother's wife. (Leviticus 18:16)

A man must not have sexual relations with one wife in the dwelling of another. (Leviticus 18:18)

A man must not approach a menstruous woman for sexual relations or in any way to become ritually unclean by her. (Leviticus 18:19)

Do not commit adultery. (Leviticus 18:20)

A man must not have sexual relations with an animal. (Leviticus 18:23)

A woman must not have sexual relations with an animal. (Leviticus 18:23)

A man must not have sexual relations with another man. (Leviticus 18:22)

A man must not have sexual relations with a woman betrothed to another man. (Leviticus 19:20)

A man must not lust after any woman forbidden to him. (Leviticus 18:16)

A man must not have sexual relations with a woman until he has lawfully acquired her in marriage. (Exodus 22:16-17)

Do not allow your son or daughter to marry a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) who refuses to repent. (Deuteronomy 7:3, 23:2)

Do not allow your daughter to play the harlot, allowing her to commit fornication. (Leviticus 19:29)

A man must not have sexual relations with a woman who returns to him after having sexual relations with another man. (Deuteronomy 24:4)

A childless widow must not marry anybody outside of her husband's family. (Deuteronomy 25:5)

A man must not divorce a woman he married after having raped her. (Deuteronomy 22:29)

A man must not divorce a woman he married after having slandered her. (Deuteronomy 22:19)

A man must not allow himself to be castrated. (Deuteronomy 23:1)

A man must not divorce a woman, unless she committed premarital fornication. (Deuteronomy 24:1)

 

Our King

 

Do not set a stranger in the office of king. (Deuteronomy 17:15)

The king must not put his trust in military power. (Deuteronomy 17:16)

The king must not allow himself to be ruled by his wives. (Deuteronomy 17:17)

The king must not allow himself to be ruled by lust for wealth. (Deuteronomy 17:17)

 

"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, 'CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.' Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, 'THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.' However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, 'HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.' Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, 'CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE' -- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:10-14)

 

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

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Quite interesting but how many of these are laws for Christians?

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I believe that none of these laws are for Christians. They are all Old (Sinai) Covenant laws and Christians belong to the New Covenant.

 

Jesus followed the Law because he was a Jew living under the Old (Sinai) Covenant.

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"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, 'CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.' Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, 'THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.' However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, 'HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.' Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, 'CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE' -- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:10-14)

 

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

 

We see here is cursed is everyone who does not abide by all the things written in the book of the law. We also see that Jesus came to redeem those under the law. If there is no law, there is no value in Christ's sacrifice. Jesus didn't come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law. It's a mistake to think Jesus did away with the law when he did away with the penalty of the law for his people. His sacrifice works because it meets the requirements of the law for atonement.

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Jesus fulfilled the law and believers have Jesus in their hearts as the Holy Spirit; therefore, the law is written in the hearts of the believers. Jesus said if we do not obey His commandments, we cannot be His disciples. Jesus said that if one commandment is broken, we have broken them all. We are constantly washed by the blood of the Lamb and forgiven our debts. The Our Father tells us this. We are saved by the Lord from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8, 17:8). Nonbelievers are therefore predestined to perdition. So, it is not by our works that we are saved, but by God's works (Ephesians 2:8-10), where He even places the law of grace in our hearts (turns our heart of stone into a heart of flesh). The OT laws had to be performed by man and still could not save. The NT laws are performed in us by the Holy Spirit, who seals us in salvation unto the day of redemption.

 

I will not get into criticizing the RCC, though I do not believe in all their doctrine. Some OT commandments still apply, some don't.

 

This is a sticky topic... I'm Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again.

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What do you mean by some of the OT laws still apply and some don't?

 

On what basis do you obey some and not obey others?

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Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's stuff. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt have no other gods before me... the 10 Commandments, in the rough. Plus others, but you see my point. Jesus taught from the OT. Some such as tithing do not apply. Tithing was for the priests and care of the temple. Since there is neither anymore, Biblically speaking, we are to give according to our abilities or even above that which we are able, and to the work of the Lord according to how the Spirit moves us.

 

1 Cor. 16:2: On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

 

2 Cor. 9:6-8: Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

 

2 Cor. 8:3-5: For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

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I believe that none of these laws are for Christians.

 

So then a Christian may murder, covet his neighbor's stuff, commit adultery, and have other gods?

 

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So then a Christian may murder, covet his neighbor's stuff, commit adultery, and have other gods?

 

The things you mention are against God’s moral law. That law exists for all people.

 

The laws of the Sinai Covenant were a codification of those moral laws for the Israelites, together with ceremonial laws and social laws. As such they are not applicable to us.

 

Murder was wrong before God gave the Israelites their covenant laws.

 

But we are in a different Covenant with a different set of laws. They are set out in the New Testament. Of course all the moral laws are the same. For example murder (1Jn 3:15) and adultery (Heb 13:4), but other laws are not.

 

Let me put it this way.

 

I live in the UK. I don’t know where you live but let’s say it’s the USA. If I commit murder here in the UK I will be convicted under UK laws. If I were to go to America and committed murder I would be convicted under USA law. Similarly if you came over here and committed murder you would be convicted under UK law not US law.

 

We need to understand which jurisdiction we are living under. Christians are living under the New Covenant not the Sinai Covenant.

 

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Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's stuff. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt have no other gods before me... the 10 Commandments, in the rough. Plus others, but you see my point. Jesus taught from the OT. Some such as tithing do not apply. Tithing was for the priests and care of the temple. Since there is neither anymore, Biblically speaking, we are to give according to our abilities or even above that which we are able, and to the work of the Lord according to how the Spirit moves us.

 

1 Cor. 16:2: On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

 

2 Cor. 9:6-8: Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

 

2 Cor. 8:3-5: For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

 

See my reply to Cornelius.

 

And a few additional comments on you post.

 

Jesus taught from the moral law. He expanded it in his own way. That is why the Pharisees questioned his authority. Many times Jesus said " you have heard it said...... but I say...."

 

For example “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt 5:27-28)

 

You say the Ten Commandments "in the rough" but there are many moral laws that are not in the Ten Commandments (e.g. against fornication and rape).

 

Paul teaches:

"Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:19-21)

 

"Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor 6:9-10)

 

This list includes several things not in the Ten Commandments - orgies, arrogance, drunkeness and prescticing homosexuality (and more). Paul does not discriminate.

 

Nor does Jesus. In response to the man's question in Mk 10:19 "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?", Jesus replies "You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honour your father and your mother.”

 

you shall not defraud is not one of the Ten Commandments but comes from Lev 19:13

 

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Bede, on both recent posts, you get no argument from me. The "in the rough" comment was just my way of saying I was paraphrasing the Scripture, not giving a direct quote (I was very tired). Cornelius, somehow you took what i said and turned it completely upside down. Of course we are not allowed to murder, steal, and so forth. A common error is that we can lose our salvation, which we can't. Further, those who believe we can, often try to think that OSAS means we have a free license to sin. Not so. We do not have it nor do we think it. Nevertheless, we cannot lose our salvation since God chose us in the first place from the foundation of the world. The unchosen go to perdition. We are not saved by our works lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-10. We are His workmanship. Until we are saved, our works count as filthy rags. After salvation, we are judged by our works, for reward or loss.

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Well I disagree with your comments about salvation. But that's a huge topic and off topic in this thread

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Jesus didn't add to the law, nor remove any law. Looking at a woman with a desire for adulterous acts makes someone an adulterer (else, there would be no desire for adulterous acts). This wasn't a change to the law, just an assertion of the full application of the law. You're not righteous if you just follow the law outwardly, but you must also follow the law inwardly. Human laws are (should be) only concerned with outward acts. But, God's law really is about that which is eternal, and the flesh is not eternal.

 

Ceremonial laws haven't passed away. So, why may Christians eat pork? Because ceremonial laws aren't strictly prohibitions in the first place. These laws are recognized by the fact that they do not have criminal consequences, but rather cause uncleanliness. In Moses's camp, you could eat pork all day long and not get into any legal trouble, you'd just be ceremonially unclean. There was nothing wrong, per se, with being ceremonially unclean, aside from the duty to become ceremonially clean.

 

Priests, with God's blessing, could become unclean around dying family members. Women, through no fault of their own, would become unclean during menstruation. Like a Christian dutifully obtaining water baptism, an Israelite would dutifully avoid pork and if failing to do so would obtain a sacrifice to become clean. Well, folks, we have our sacrifice. It's impossible for us to become ceremonially unclean, which means eating pork doesn't make us unclean.

 

Leviticus 11:7-8 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

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That doesn't address my point about which jurisdiction we are living under.

 

Nor the point (which I didn't actually make) that the laws given at Sinai were never given to Gentiles, only the Israelites.

 

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What about the new covenant makes some ever-standing laws void? The new covenant isn't a change in the law, but a solution to the problem of our inability to keep the whole law. We are free not because the law was eliminated, but because the penalty was eliminated. Is there a law against murder? We are not penalized for murder, yet I'm told murder is against the law.

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What about the new covenant makes some ever-standing laws void?

 

The only ever-standing laws are God’s eternal moral laws. They are not void.

 

It is the codification of those laws for the Israelites that are void.

 

The new covenant isn't a change in the law,

 

Oh yes it is.

“When there is a change of priesthood, there is necessarily a change of law as well” (Heb 7:12)

 

And referring to the Covenants:

"He takes away the first to establish the second" (Heb 10:9)

 

 

but a solution to the problem of our inability to keep the whole law. We are free not because the law was eliminated, but because the penalty was eliminated. Is there a law against murder? We are not penalized for murder, yet I'm told murder is against the law.

 

And we will be penalised for murder:

"Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. " (1Jn 3:15)

 

"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death." (Rev 21:8)

 

The penalty for sin has not been eliminated. But Christ's propitiary & sacrificial death on the cross allows God to forgive sin and thus not apply the penalty.

 

If you murder and do not repent you will go to hell.

 

And you are still avoiding the point that the Ten Commandments were only given to the Israelites. They were never given to the Gentiles.

 

"Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-- remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." (Eph 2:12)

Gentiles were strangers to the [sinai] covenant.

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“When there is a change of priesthood, there is necessarily a change of law as well” (Heb 7:12)

 

That's regarding the elimination of the Aaronic priesthood. No more priests performing sacrifices. There's no necessity in changing the laws that apply to us just because the priesthood has changed.

 

And we will be penalised for murder:

"Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. " (1Jn 3:15)

 

Which is the point, murder is still against the law.

 

And you are still avoiding the point that the Ten Commandments were only given to the Israelites. They were never given to the Gentiles.

 

We are the Israelites:

"Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-- remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." (Eph 2:12)

Gentiles were strangers to the [sinai] covenant.

 

WERE strangers... 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens...

 

 

 

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That's regarding the elimination of the Aaronic priesthood. No more priests performing sacrifices. There's no necessity in changing the laws that apply to us just because the priesthood has changed.

 

So a change in the law doesn't mean a change in the law according to you! confused.png

 

Which is the point, murder is still against the law.

 

You are still not differentiating between laws and covenants.

 

Let me go though this again in more detail

 

God has laid down eternal moral laws - valid for all people for all time - which are written on our hearts. (Rom 2:15)

 

Murder is a good example. Cain was the first to murder (Gen 4:8). Cain knew it was wrong. He needed no Ten Commandments to tell him that.

 

When God called the Israelites out of Egypt to form a holy nation, he made a covenant with them at Sinai (also called Horeb) and gave them a legal code. This legal code contained a codification of his eternal moral laws, social laws and ceremonial laws. They are the 613 laws of the Sinai Covenant. They were given to the Israelites alone as their laws. They were not given to the Gentiles. They were indivisible in that to break one was to break them all

 

"whoever keeps the whole law, but falls short in one particular, has become guilty in respect to all of it." (Jas 2:10).

“Cursed be everyone who does not persevere in doing all the things written in the book of the law.” (Gal 3:10)

 

Not only was it only for the Israelites but it was abolished at the cross.

 

Paul describes the Jews and Gentiles as separated but then he says:

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two," (Eph 2:13-15)

 

"And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having cancelled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross." (Col 2:14)

 

We are now living under the New Law of the New Covenant. This New Law is written on our hearts. Hebrews 8:8-10 quotes Jeremiah 31:31-33:

"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they did not stand by my covenant and I ignored them, says the Lord."

 

"But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Taken from Heb)

 

The Sinai Covenant is finished.

"On the one hand, a former commandment is annulled because of its weakness and uselessness, for the law brought nothing to perfection; on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God." (Heb 7:18-19)

 

"When he speaks of a “new” covenant, he declares the first one obsolete. And what has become obsolete and has grown old is close to disappearing" (Heb 8:13)

 

There is a lot more I could post on that but I will leave it there.

 

When the Old (Sinai) Covenant was abolished that did not abolish God's eternal moral laws, only that codification of them. God's etenal moral laws are still valid and, even though they are written on our hearts, we can find them expressed in the New Testament as laws for the New Covenant. I've given examples already for murder. Here are a few others from the Ten Commandments:

 

Honour your father and your mother

Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right. “Honour your father and mother.” (Eph 6:1-2)

 

You shall not commit adultery.

Let marriage be honoured among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers. (Heb 13:4)

 

You shall not steal.

The thief must no longer steal, but rather labour, doing honest work with his (own) hands (Eph 4:28)

 

 

WERE strangers... 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens...

 

Yes, the Gentiles were not a party to the various covenants of promise - with Abraham, Moses and David. They had no hope of salvation and of a saviour. But now Paul says:

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.” (Eph 2:13-16).

 

Now, in the New Covenant, we have that hope of salvation.

 

Now, In the New Covenant, we are part of God's household, which is, as Paul continues, "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Eph 2:19-22)

 

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Paul describes the Jews and Gentiles as separated but then he says:

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two," (Eph 2:13-15)

 

"And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having cancelled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross." (Col 2:14)

 

Your NT quotes are limited to the books of Paul. Paul's style makes it easy to conclude that the Law has been eliminated, but I don't believe that's his intent. His intent is to say the penalty for breaking the law has been paid for us, and so the law is not held against us. Take you quotes above. "Abolishing... the commandments" uses the same Greek word for abolishing as Paul uses when he says a widow may remarry because the law that binds her to marriage has been "abolished". Paul doesn't at all mean that the law against adultery has been abolished, he just means that the law against adultery doesn't prohibit a widow from remarriage. But, a divorced person is still prohibited from remarriage. See, the law against adultery still exists, else it would be pointness for Paul to say a widow remarrying in not guilty of breaking the law.

 

Or, take you next quote, the the bond has been cancelled and its legal demand nailed to the cross. The bond he speaks of is a note of debt, a debt created by trespassing against the law. If there is no law, there is no debt. If there is no debt, there is no debt to forgive. The record of our debts, not the law, was "nailed to the cross."

 

Yes, we live under a new covenant, with a change in priesthood. But, apart from Christ, we still parish for our trespasses against the Law.

 

The practical problem with your argument that only the moral laws still applies makes it appear that Christians just arbitrarily choose, or choose by worldly standards, which laws they want to follow. Murder is wrong because the world says its wrong. But, adultery is commonly accepted among professing Christians, just as it is with the world. And, what do you say to the new generation of Christians who don't think homosexuality is immoral? Laws against immorality therefor don't apply to something that's not immoral.

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Your NT quotes are limited to the books of Paul. Paul's style makes it easy to conclude that the Law has been eliminated, but I don't believe that's his intent. His intent is to say the penalty for breaking the law has been paid for us, and so the law is not held against us. Take you quotes above. "Abolishing... the commandments" uses the same Greek word for abolishing as Paul uses when he says a widow may remarry because the law that binds her to marriage has been "abolished". Paul doesn't at all mean that the law against adultery has been abolished, he just means that the law against adultery doesn't prohibit a widow from remarriage. But, a divorced person is still prohibited from remarriage. See, the law against adultery still exists, else it would be pointness for Paul to say a widow remarrying in not guilty of breaking the law.

 

Or, take you next quote, the the bond has been cancelled and its legal demand nailed to the cross. The bond he speaks of is a note of debt, a debt created by trespassing against the law. If there is no law, there is no debt. If there is no debt, there is no debt to forgive. The record of our debts, not the law, was "nailed to the cross."

 

I took Paul because there could be no doubt about whom Paul was speaking about. With Jesus it could be argued he was speaking as a Jew to Jews so I wanted to avoid any confusion there..But Paul clearly thinks the Law (the Sinai Law) has been abolished. Your attempts to get round what scripture clearly says do not work.

 

You are still not differentiating between the eternal moral law and the Sinai Law given as the Israelites. Of course the (eternal moral) law against adultery has not been abolished.

You say it's only the bond is the legal debt that has been abolished therefore nothing to forgive.

When the apostles asked Jesus how to pray he told them a prayer that included asking for forgiveness (Mt 6:9-13 & Lk 11:2-4). We say that prayer regularly and I expect you do to.

But why say it if there is nothing to forgive?

 

The quote I gave from Eph clearly states "by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances". How much more explicit do you want " abolishing ....... the law".

And that law of commandments and ordinances.

 

You say Paul did not mean that the Sinai Covenant law was abolished. But he very clearly did from what I have posted. Here is some more:

 

Paul says to the Galatian Gentiles who were Judaising

"Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married." Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now. But what does the scripture say? "Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman." So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. " (Gal 4:21-31)

 

He is clear. To go back to Judaism (accepting the [sinai] Law) is to put yourself back into slavery.

 

He goes on to warn them:.

"You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace". (Gal 5:4)

 

 

Then from Romans

"Are you unaware, brothers (for I am speaking to people who know the law [i.e. Jews]), that the law has jurisdiction over one as long as one lives? Thus a married woman is bound by law to her living husband; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law in respect to her husband. Consequently, while her husband is alive she will be called an adulteress if she consorts with another man. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and she is not an adulteress if she consorts with another man.

In the same way, my brothers, you also were put to death to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might belong to another, to the one who was raised from the dead in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the flesh, our sinful passions, awakened by the law, worked in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, dead to what held us captive, so that we may serve in the newness of the spirit and not under the obsolete letter." (Rom 7:1-6)

We [Jews] are put to death to the Law

We [Jews] are released from the Law

 

Paul himself declares he is no longer under the Law.

"To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law--though not being myself under the law--that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law [Gentiles] I became as one outside the law--not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ--that I might win those outside the law."

 

He also makes here a clear distinction between those under the Law (the Jews) and those not under the Law (the Gentiles)

 

 

Galatians 3:

"Before faith came, we [Jews] were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian." (Gal 3:23-25).

We (Jews) are no longer under the Law

 

This is all the Law of the Old (Sinai) Covenant. I really don't understand why you have a problem with this.

 

I'm not trashing the Ten Commandments. For the most part they are an excellent summary of God's eternal moral law and they are well known. But they are not all moral law. Nor are all moral laws included in the Ten Commandments.

 

 

Yes, we live under a new covenant, with a change in priesthood. But, apart from Christ, we still parish for our trespasses against the Law.

 

And with that change of the priesthood is a change in the law (Heb 7:12)

 

We will perish for our trespasses against the eternal moral law written on our hearts and spelled out for us in the NT.

 

The practical problem with your argument that only the moral laws still applies makes it appear that Christians just arbitrarily choose, or choose by worldly standards, which laws they want to follow. Murder is wrong because the world says its wrong. But, adultery is commonly accepted among professing Christians, just as it is with the world. And, what do you say to the new generation of Christians who don't think homosexuality is immoral? Laws against immorality therefor don't apply to something that's not immoral.

 

Nowhere have I suggested some arbitrary choosing by worldly standards, I have given you quotes to show that murder, adultery, homosexual practice (and more) are all condemned in the New Testament.

 

I can't understand why you want to live under the Old Covenant that no longer exists

 

I'm sure you don't really believe that we should be following all 613 Jewish Laws that William listed. So which do you pick? What arbitrary selection do you make?

 

 

P.S. I'm going away for a week so if you want to continue with this I'll reply again when I'm back.

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'Laws are for the obedience of fools, and the guidance of the wise.' Old English Proverb

 

The problem is, the fool thinks himself wise, and the wise know themselves fools.

 

I do not think there is a simple answer to this question; which law should we obey, and which disobey. I think we need follow our conscience, in all things, and learn by our errors.

 

Best wishes, 2RM.

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Jesus didn't add to the law, nor remove any law. Looking at a woman with a desire for adulterous acts makes someone an adulterer (else, there would be no desire for adulterous acts). This wasn't a change to the law, just an assertion of the full application of the law. You're not righteous if you just follow the law outwardly, but you must also follow the law inwardly. Human laws are (should be) only concerned with outward acts. But, God's law really is about that which is eternal, and the flesh is not eternal.

 

Ceremonial laws haven't passed away. So, why may Christians eat pork? Because ceremonial laws aren't strictly prohibitions in the first place. These laws are recognized by the fact that they do not have criminal consequences, but rather cause uncleanliness. In Moses's camp, you could eat pork all day long and not get into any legal trouble, you'd just be ceremonially unclean. There was nothing wrong, per se, with being ceremonially unclean, aside from the duty to become ceremonially clean.

 

Priests, with God's blessing, could become unclean around dying family members. Women, through no fault of their own, would become unclean during menstruation. Like a Christian dutifully obtaining water baptism, an Israelite would dutifully avoid pork and if failing to do so would obtain a sacrifice to become clean. Well, folks, we have our sacrifice. It's impossible for us to become ceremonially unclean, which means eating pork doesn't make us unclean.

 

Leviticus 11:7-8 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

 

Hi Cornelius,

Concerning "...ceremonial laws aren't strictly prohibitions in the first place."

With respect:

Indeed we may eat pork all day long now. As Jesus stated in John that it is not what enters you that makes one unclean. And also when in Acts, God brought down the sheet with all sorts of "unclean" animals (this of course signifying the Gentiles had been made clean). For the Gentiles had not yet been fully brought in until now, but as we know they were few, such as Rahab being a Cannanite and Ruth being a Moabite.

 

But "in the first place" they were indeed prohibitions. Yes when one would eat pork he would be made unclean, but the sin lies in ones disobedience. One does not eat pork unintentionally, I know you will agree. But a woman who has a minstration, cannot help but be unclean and so The Lord provides in His grace, instructions to be made "clean". "For you it will be unclean to eat it" means that they were to set themselves apart from what the "other nations were doing." "Be holy as I am Holy."

 

I hope I have not misunderstood you. If I have, I apologize.

God Bless

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The greatest commandments are only of 2 found in the New Testament in which I was taught by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

 

Mark 12:30-31

30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

31 "And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

 

If we were to just apply these two commandments we would honor our love for our one and only Almighty Father, our Lord Jesus Christ the Creator of all, and if you happen to love your neighbor as yourself there would not be any war or hate happening in the world today. Applying these 2 commandments, umbrella the commandments and laws in the Old Testament.

 

And how do we love our neighbors? (Matthew 5:43-44)

43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy."

44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you."

 

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