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Exodus 23

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1“Do not tell to others ◄false rumors/untrue reports► about other people. Do not help someone who is guilty by ◄testifying falsely/lying► about what happened.
2Do not join a group of people who are planning to do something evil. Do not testify the way the crowd wants you to, if that will prevent the judge from deciding the case justly/fairly.
3When a poor person is on trial, do not testify in his favor just because he is poor and you feel sorry for him.
4If you see someone's bull or donkey when it is wandering away loose, take it back to its owner, even if the owner is your enemy.
5If you see someone's donkey that has fallen down because of its heavy load, help the owner to get the donkey up again, even if he is someone who hates you. Do not just walk away without helping him.
6Decide the cases of poor people who are on trial as fairly as you decide the cases of other people.
7Do not accuse people falsely. Do not decide that innocent and righteous DOU people should be executed, because I will ◄punish/not forgive► people who do such an evil thing.
8Do not accept money that is a bribe, because officials who accept bribes are not able to MTY decide what is right to do, and they do not allow innocent people to be treated fairly.
9Do not mistreat foreigners who live among you. You know how people often treat foreigners, because the Egyptians did not treat you well when you were foreigners there.
10Plant seeds in your ground and gather the harvest for six years.
11But during the seventh year you must not plant anything. If things grow without your planting seeds, allow poor people to harvest and eat the crops. If there are still crops ◄left over/that they do not harvest►, allow wild animals to eat them. Do the same thing with your grapevines/vineyards and your olive trees.
12You may work for six days each week, but on the seventh day you must rest and not work. And on the seventh day you must allow your work animals and your slaves and the foreigners who live among you also to rest and be refreshed.
13Make certain that you obey everything that I have commanded you to do. Do not pray to MTY other gods. Do not even mention their names.”
14“Every year you must celebrate three festivals to honor me.
15The first one is the Festival of Bread That Has No Yeast. Celebrate it in the month that is named Abib. That is the month in which you left Egypt. Celebrate it in the way that I commanded you. And always bring LIT an offering when you come to worship me.
16The second one is the Festival of Harvesting. During that festival you must offer to me the first parts/harvest of your crops that grow from the seeds that you planted. The third one is the Festival of Living in Temporary Shelters. That will be after you finish harvesting your grain and grapes and fruit.
17Every year, at each of these times, all the men must gather together to worship me, Yahweh God.
18When you sacrifice an animal and offer it to me, you must not offer bread that has been baked with yeast. When you offer sacrifices, burn the fat from the animals on that same day. Do not allow any fat to remain until the next morning.

19Each year, when you harvest your crops, bring to the place where you worship me, Yahweh God, the first part of what you harvest. When you kill a ◄young animal/kid or lamb or calf►, do not prepare to eat it by boiling it in its mother's milk.”
20“Note this: I am going to send an angel ahead of you, to guard you as you travel and to bring you safely to the place that I have prepared for you. Pay attention to what he says and obey him. Do not rebel against him, because he will have my authority MTY and he will ◄punish/not forgive► LIT you if you rebel against him.
22But if you pay attention to what he says and if you do all that I tell you to do, I will fight strongly DOU against all of your enemies.
23My angel will go ahead of you, and will take you to where the Amor and Heth and Periz and Canaan and Hiv and Jebus people-groups live, and I will completely get rid of them.
24Do not bow down before their gods/idols or worship them. And do not do the things that they think that their gods want them to do. Completely destroy their gods/idols, and smash to pieces their sacred stones.
25You must worship me, Yahweh God. If you do that, I will bless your (OR, bless you by giving you) food and water, and I will protect you from becoming sick.
26No women in your land will have ◄miscarriages/babies that will die after being born prematurely►, and no women will be unable to become pregnant. And I will enable you to live a long time.
27I will cause the people who oppose you to become very afraid of me. I will cause the people whom you fight against to become very confused. And then I will cause them to turn around and run away from you.
28I will cause your enemies to become terrified. And I will expel the Hiv, Canaan, and Heth people-groups from your land.
29I will not expel all of them in less than one year. If I did that, your land would become deserted, and there would be very many wild animals ◄ that would attack you/you would not be able to control►.
30I will expel those people-groups slowly, a few at a time, until the number of your people increases and you are able to live everywhere in the land.
31I will cause the borders of your land to extend from the ◄Red Sea/Gulf of Aqaba► in the southeast to the Mediterranean Sea in the northwest, and from the Sinai Desert in the southwest to the Euphrates River in the northeast of the country. I will enable you MTY to expel the people who live there, so that you will expel them as you occupy more of the country.
32You must not make any agreement/treaty with those people or with their gods.
33Do not allow those people to live in your land, in order that they do not cause you to sin against me. If you worship their gods, you will not be able to escape from worshiping them and sinning against me, just like someone caught in a trap is unable to escape MET.”