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Leviticus Foreigners and the Poor Quotes Page 1 Theme

How we cite the quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

This shall be a statute to you forever: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall deny yourselves, and shall do no work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you. (NRSV 16:29)

And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you. (KJV 16:29-30)

Mandatory vacation days—not just for Israelites anymore!

Quote #2

And say to them further: Anyone of the house of Israel or of the aliens who reside among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, to sacrifice it to the Lord, shall be cut off from the people. (NRSV 17:8-9)

And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering of sacrifice, And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the Lord; even that man shall be cut off from among his people. (KJV 17:8-9)

One of the purposes of the ritual rules is to get rid of sacrifices outside the control of the Tabernacle's priests. As for foreign tourists who want to offer sacrifices somewhere else, Leviticus doesn't have a First Amendment.

Quote #3

All persons, citizens or aliens, who eat what dies of itself or what has been torn by wild animals, shall wash their clothes, and bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening; then they shall be clean. But if they do not wash themselves or bathe their body, they shall bear their guilt. (NRSV 17:15-16)

And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean. 
But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity. (KJV 17:15-16)

The ceremonial cleanliness rules apply to Israelites and foreigners alike. Which makes sense, given the land's nasty habit of throwing people up because of what they do.

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