Matthew Bible

Exodus 23

Of slander and false witness.

Exodus 23:1 Thou shalt not accepte a vayne tale, nether shalt put thine hand wyth the wycked to be an vnryghteous wytnesse.

Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not folowe a multitude to do euell: neyther answere in a matter of plea that thou (wouldest to folow manye) turne asyde from the trueth,

Of justice.

Exodus 23:3 neither shalt thou paint a pore mans cause.

Of charitableness.

Exodus 23:4 When thou metest thine enemies oxe or asse goynge a straye, thou shalt brynge them to him agayne. Exodus 23:5 If thou se thine enemies asse synke vnder his burthen, thou shalt not passe by and let him alone: but shalt helpe hym to lyfte hym vp againe.

Of justice.

Exodus 23:6 Thou shalt not hinder the right of þe poore that are amonge you in their sute. Exodus 23:7 Kepe the ferre from a false matter, and the Innocente and righteous se thou sley not, for I wil not iustify the wicked.

Exodus 23:8 Thou shalt take no gyftes, for gyftes blynd the seynge and peruerte the wordes of the ryghteous.

Exodus 23:9 Thou shalt not oppresse a straunger, for I knowe the herte of a straunger, because ye were straungers in Egypt.

Of the year of rest.

Exodus 23:10 Sixe yeres thou shalt sowe thy land and gather in the frutes therof: Exodus 23:11 & the seuenth yere thou shalt let it rest and lye styl, that the poore of thy people may eate, and what they leaue, the beastes of the felde shall eate: In lyke maner thou shalt do wyth thy vineyard and thine oliue tres.

Of the Sabbath.

Exodus 23:12 Sixe dayes thou shalt do thy worcke and the seuenth daye thou shalt kepe holye daye, that thyne oxe and thyne asse maye reste and the sonne of thy maide and the stranger may be refreshed.

Of idolatry.

Exodus 23:13 And in all thinges þt I haue said vnto you be circumspecte. And make no rehersall of the names of straunge goddes, nether let anye man heare them oute of youre mouthes.

Of the three feasts.

Exodus 23:14 Thre feastes thou shalt holde vnto me in a yere, Exodus 23:15 Thou shalt kepe the feaste of swete bread þt thou eate vnleuened bread .vij. dayes longe, as I commaunded the in the tyme appoynted of the moneth of Abyb, for in that moneth thou camest out of Egypte: and se that no man apeare before me emptye. Exodus 23:16 And the feaste of Heruest, when thou reapeste the fyrst frutes of thy laboures whych thou hast sowne in the felde. And the feast of ingatherynge, in the ende of the yere when thou haste gathered in thye laboures oute of the felde. Exodus 23:17 Thre tymes in a yere shall all thye menchyldren appere before the Lord Iehouah.

Of the blood and the fat of the sacrifice.

Exodus 23:18 Thou shalt not offer þe bloude of my sacrifyce wt leuended bread: nether shal the fat of my feast remayne vntyl the mornynge. Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfrutes of thy lande thou shalt brynge into the house of the Lorde thye God thou shalt also not sethe a kydd in his mothers mylke.

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

Exodus 23:20 Beholde, I sende myne aungel before the to kepe the in the waye, & to bryng the into þe place whych I haue prepared. Exodus 23:21 Beware of him & heare his voice and angre him not: for he will not spare youre mysdedes, yea, and my name is in hym. Exodus 23:22 But & if thou shalt herken vnto hys voyce & kepe all that I shal tel the, then I wilbe an enemy vnto thyne enemies and an aduersary vnto thine aduersaries. Exodus 23:23 When myne aungel goeth before the & hath brought the in vnto the Amorites, Hethithes, Pherezites, Cananites, Heuites and Iebusites & I shall haue destroyed them, Exodus 23:24 se thou worship not their goddes neyther serue them, neither do after the workes of them but ouerthrowe them & breake doune the places of them. Exodus 23:25 And se that ye serue the Lord youre God, & he shall blesse thy bread & thy water and I will take all sickenesses awaye from amonge you.

Exodus 23:26 Moreouer there shalbe no woman chyldlesse or vnfrutefull in thy lande, & the numbre of thy wayes I will fulfyll. Exodus 23:27 I wil sende my feare before the and will kill all the people whether thou shalt go. And I will make all thyne enemies turne their backes vnto the, Exodus 23:28 & I will sende hornettes before the, & they shall driue out of the Heuites, the Cananites & the Hethites before the. Exodus 23:29 I will not cast them out in one yere, lest the lande growe to a wildernesse: & the beastes of the felde multeplye vpon the. Exodus 23:30 But a litle & a litle I wil dryue them out before the, vntyll thou be increased that thou mayst enheret the lande. Exodus 23:31 And I wil make thy costes from the red sea vnto the sea of þe Philistines and from the deserte vnto the ryuer. I wil deliuer the inhabiters of the lande into thyne hande, & thou shalt dryue them out before the. Exodus 23:32 And thou shalte make none appoyntment with them nor with their goddes. Exodus 23:33 Neither shall they dwel in thy lande, lest they make the sinne agaynste me: for if thou serue their goddes it will surely be thy decaye.

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