Deuteronomy 14:1
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New International Version
You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,

New Living Translation
"Since you are the people of the LORD your God, never cut yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead.

English Standard Version
“You are the sons of the LORD your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead.

New American Standard Bible
"You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.

King James Bible
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are sons of the LORD your God; do not cut yourselves or make a bald spot on your head on behalf of the dead,

International Standard Version
"You are children of the LORD your God. You must not lacerate yourselves or shave your foreheads on account of the dead,

NET Bible
You are children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your forehead bald for the sake of the dead.

New Heart English Bible
You are the children of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are the children of the LORD your God. So when someone dies, don't [mourn] by cutting yourselves or shaving bald spots on your head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

New American Standard 1977
“You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are the sons of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves nor make any baldness over your eyes for the dead.

King James 2000 Bible
You are the children of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any bald place on your foreheads for the dead.

American King James Version
You are the children of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

American Standard Version
Ye are the children of Jehovah your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be ye children of the Lord your God: you shall not cut yourselves, no, make any baldness for the dead;

Darby Bible Translation
Ye are sons of Jehovah your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for a dead person.

English Revised Version
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

World English Bible
You are the children of Yahweh your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Young's Literal Translation
Sons ye are to Jehovah your God; ye do not cut yourselves, nor make baldness between your eyes for the dead;
Study Bible
Clean and Unclean Animals
1"You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead. 2"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.…
Cross References
Romans 8:16
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Romans 9:4
the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises.

Romans 9:8
So it is not the children of the flesh who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring.

Romans 9:26
and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'"

Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

Leviticus 19:27
'You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.

Leviticus 19:28
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 21:5
'They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.

Deuteronomy 13:18
if you will listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping all His commandments which I am commanding you today, and doing what is right in the sight of the LORD your God.
Treasury of Scripture

You are the children of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

the children

Genesis 6:2,4 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; …

Exodus 4:22,23 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus said the LORD, Israel is my son, …

Psalm 82:6,7 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High…

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the …

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together …

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the …

Romans 9:8,26 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not …

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, …

Galatians 3:26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, …

1 John 3:1,2,10 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

ye shall not The heathen nations not only did these things in honour of their god, but in grief for the death of a relative

Leviticus 19:27,28 You shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shall you …

Leviticus 21:5 They shall not make baldness on their head, neither shall they shave …

Jeremiah 16:6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not …

Jeremiah 41:5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, …

Jeremiah 47:5 Baldness is come on Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of …

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them …

XIV.

(1) Ye are the children of Jehovah.--This fact is made the foundation of all the laws of ceremonial and moral holiness in the Pentateuch, more especially in the Book of Leviticus, where these laws are chiefly to be found.

Ye shall not cut yourselves.--The precept is repeated with little variation from Leviticus 19:28.

Any baldness between your eyes--i.e., apparently, "on your foreheads." The word for baldness in this place is generally used for baldness on the back of the head.

Verse 1. - Ye are the children of Jehovah your God (cf. Exodus 4:22, etc.). As his children, it behooved them to avoid all that would be offensive to him or indicate distrust in him. Ye shall not cut yourselves, etc. (cf. Leviticus 19:28; Leviticus 21:5; Jeremiah 16:6; Jeremiah 48:36, 37; Ezekiel 7:18; Ezekiel 27:31). ("Ex hac opinions sunt ilia varia et detestabilia genera lugendi, paedores, muliebres lacerationes genarum, pectoris, feminum, capitis percussiones." Cicero, 'Tusc. Quaest.,' 3:26; see also ' De Legibus,' 2:25.) Ye are the children of the Lord your God,.... Some of them were so by the special grace of adoption, and all of them by national adoption; which was the peculiar privilege of the people of Israel, and laid them under great obligation to honour and obey the Lord their God, who stood in the relation of a father to them, and they of children to him, Malachi 1:6. The Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it "beloved children"; so the apostle calls the saints; the "dear children of God", who therefore ought to be followers of him, Ephesians 5:1 and for a like reason this relation is observed here, namely, to quicken a regard to the exhortations of the Lord, his cautions, commands, laws, and ordinances, particularly to what follows:

ye shall not cut yourselves; for the dead, as appears from the next clause, as the Heathens did, who not only tore their garments, but their flesh in several parts of their bodies, in their mouths, cheeks, breasts, &c. (r); and used other extravagant signs of mourning, which the apostle cautions against, 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and were condemned by the Heathens themselves (s). Though some think this refers to incisions the Heathens made in their flesh to the honour of their gods, cutting the names of them therein to whom they devoted themselves; or lashing their bodies at the worship of them, as the worshippers of Baal did when they called upon him, 1 Kings 18:28 and so the Jerusalem Targum,"make not marks, marks,''that is, here and there, in many places, or bruises black and blue by striping and beating themselves, for strange worship, or at it, in honour of their gods; but the former sense seems best to agree with what follows; see Leviticus 19:28,

nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead; by shaving the forepart of their head or their eyebrows, or both, which used to be done in lamentations for the dead; see Jeremiah 16:6 if this could be thought to have any respect to rites and ceremonies used in the worship of dead and lifeless idols, the customs of the Egyptians might be referred to, who are said to shave their heads and their eyebrows in their sacred rites to Isis (t).

(r) Vid. Virgil. Aeneid. 12. ver. 870, 871. and Servium in Aeneid. 1. ver. 78. and in l. 12. (s) Vid. Cicero de Leg. l. 2. c. 23. and Tusculan. Quaest. l. 3. c. 27. (t) Ambros. Epist. l. 4. c. 30. p. 259. CHAPTER 14

De 14:1, 2. God's People Must Not Disfigure Themselves in Mourning.

1. ye shall not cut yourselves … for the dead—It was a common practice of idolaters, both on ceremonious occasions of their worship (1Ki 18:28), and at funerals (compare Jer 16:6; 41:5), to make ghastly incisions on their faces and other parts of their persons with their finger nails or sharp instruments. The making a large bare space between the eyebrows was another heathen custom in honor of the dead (see on [128]Le 19:27, 28; [129]Le 21:5). Such indecorous and degrading usages, being extravagant and unnatural expressions of hopeless sorrow (1Th 4:13), were to be carefully avoided by the Israelites, as derogatory to the character, and inconsistent with the position, of those who were the people of God [De 14:2].14:1-21 Moses tells the people of Israel how God had given them three distinguishing privileges, which were their honour, and figures of those spiritual blessings in heavenly things, with which God has in Christ blessed us. Here is election; The Lord hath chosen thee. He did not choose them because they were by their own acts a peculiar people to him above other nations, but he chose them that they might be so by his grace; and thus were believers chosen, Eph 1:4. Here is adoption; Ye are the children of the Lord your God; not because God needed children, but because they were orphans, and needed a father. Every spiritual Israelite is indeed a child of God, a partaker of his nature and favour. Here is sanctification; Thou art a holy people. God's people are required to be holy, and if they are holy, they are indebted to the grace God which makes them so. Those whom God chooses to be his children, he will form to be a holy people, and zealous of good works. They must be careful to avoid every thing which might disgrace their profession, in the sight of those who watch for their halting. Our heavenly Father forbids nothing but for our welfare. Do thyself no harm; do not ruin thy health, thy reputation, thy domestic comforts, thy peace of mind. Especially do not murder thy soul. Do not be the vile slave of thy appetites and passions. Do not render all around thee miserable, and thyself wretched; but aim at that which is most excellent and useful. The laws which regarded many sorts of flesh as unclean, were to keep them from mingling with their idolatrous neighbours. It is plain in the gospel, that these laws are now done away. But let us ask our own hearts, Are we of the children of the Lord our God? Are we separate from the ungodly world, in being set apart to God's glory, the purchase of Christ's blood? Are we subjects of the work of the Holy Ghost? Lord, teach us from these precepts how pure and holy all thy people ought to live!
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