22 You shall faithfully observe all My laws and all My regulations, lest the land to which I bring you to settle in spew you out.
ush-mar-TEM et kol khu-ko-TAI v’-et kol mish-pa-TAI va-a-see-TEM o-TAM v’-lo ta-KEE et-KHEM ha-A-retz a-SHER a-NEE may-VEE et-KHEM SHA-mah la-SHE-vet BAH
כב וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־חֻקֹּתַי וְאֶת־כָּל־מִשְׁפָּטַי וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְלֹא־תָקִיא אֶתְכֶם הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מֵבִיא אֶתְכֶם שָׁמָּה לָשֶׁבֶת בָּהּ׃
20:22 Lest the land to which I bring you to settle in spew you out
Following the warning in Chapter 18 against embracing the abominations of the Canaanites lest the Children of Israel be expelled from their land, Chapter 20 gives an example of such abominable behavior, containing a list of forbidden relationships that are detestable in Hashem’s eyes. This verse then says that they must follow the commandments, “lest the land to which I bring you to settle in spew you out.” This expression attributes human-like sensitivity to the Land of Israel; it cannot stomach impurity and abomination, and thus engaging in illicit relationships will result in exile from the land. This is a further example of the reality that the gift of Eretz Yisrael is dependent on maintaining a high level of purity and faith, since the land’s sanctity cannot tolerate immorality.