Leviticus 18:5
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New International Version
Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.

New Living Translation
If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

English Standard Version
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
'So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.

King James Bible
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Keep My statutes and ordinances; a person will live if he does them. I am Yahweh."

International Standard Version
Keep my statutes and my ordinances, which a person is to obey in order to live in them. I am the LORD.

NET Bible
So you must keep my statutes and my regulations; anyone who does so will live by keeping them. I am the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances; which if a man does, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Live by my standards, and obey my rules. You will have life through them. I am the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall therefore keep My statutes, and Mine ordinances, which if a man do, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
‘So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore you shall keep my rights and my statutes, of which the man doing them, shall live in them. I am the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

American King James Version
You shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

American Standard Version
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and mine ordinances; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep my laws and my judgments, which if a man do, he shall live in them. I am the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall observe my statutes and my judgments, by which the man that doeth them shall live: I am Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments: which if a man doeth, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

World English Bible
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances; which if a man does, he shall live in them: I am Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have kept My statutes and My judgments which man doth and liveth in them; I am Jehovah.
Study Bible
Unlawful Sexual Relations
4'You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the LORD your God. 5So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD. 6'None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the LORD.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:17
"Why do you ask Me about what is good?" Jesus replied, "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments."

Luke 10:28
"You have answered correctly," Jesus said. "Do this and you will live."

Romans 7:10
So I discovered that the very commandment that was meant to bring life actually brought death.

Romans 10:5
For concerning the righteousness that is by the Law, Moses writes: "The man who does these things will live by them."

Galatians 3:12
The Law, however, is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The one who does these things will live by them."

Leviticus 18:6
'None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 4:1
"Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

Nehemiah 9:29
And admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law. Yet they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances, By which if a man observes them he shall live. And they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.

Isaiah 55:3
"Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.

Ezekiel 18:9
if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully-- he is righteous and will surely live," declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

which if a man do

Ezekiel 20:11,13,21 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which …

Luke 10:28 And he said to him, You have answered right: this do, and you shall live.

Romans 10:5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the …

Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that does them shall live in them.

I am the Lord

Exodus 6:2,6,29 And God spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am the LORD…

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.

(5) Ye shall therefore keep my statutes. Better, and ye shall keep my ordinances. The word here rendered by "statutes" is the same which the Authorised Version translates ordinances in Leviticus 18:3-4.

He shall live in them.--Better, he shall live by or through them; that is, by observing them the law abiding will live a happy and prosperous life, since disobedience will expose the offender to the penalty of death. The spiritual authorities in the time of the second Temple interpreted this clause to mean that he who obeys these laws shall have eternal life. Hence the ancient Chaldee Versions translate it, "Shall have life eternal." This passage is quoted both in the Prophets (Ezekiel 20:11; Ezekiel 20:13; Ezekiel 20:21; Nehemiah 9:29) and by St. Paul (Romans 10:5; Galatians 3:12), who contrasts this promise made to works with the promise of the Gospel made to faith.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments,.... The same as before; these they were to keep in their minds and memories, and to observe them and do them:

which if a man do he shall live in them; live a long life in the land of Canaan, in great happiness and prosperity, see Deuteronomy 30:20; for as for eternal life, that was never intended to be had, nor was it possible it could be had and enjoyed by obedience to the law, which fallen man is unable to keep; but is what was graciously promised and provided the covenant of grace, before the world was, to come through Christ, as a free gift to all that believe in him, see Galatians 3:11; though some Jewish writers interpret this of eternal life, as Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and Ben Gersom:

I am the Lord; that has enjoined these statutes and judgments, and promised life to the doers of them, able and faithful to perform what is promised. 5. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them—A special blessing was promised to the Israelites on condition of their obedience to the divine law; and this promise was remarkably verified at particular eras of their history, when pure and undefiled religion prevailed among them, in the public prosperity and domestic happiness enjoyed by them as a people. Obedience to the divine law always, indeed, ensures temporal advantages; and this, doubtless, was the primary meaning of the words, "which if a man do, he shall live in them." But that they had a higher reference to spiritual life is evident from the application made of them by our Lord (Lu 10:28) and the apostle (Ro 10:2).18:1-30 Unlawful marriages and fleshly lusts. - Here is a law against all conformity to the corrupt usages of the heathen. Also laws against incest, against brutal lusts, and barbarous idolatries; and the enforcement of these laws from the ruin of the Canaanites. God here gives moral precepts. Close and constant adherence to God's ordinances is the most effectual preservative from gross sin. The grace of God only will secure us; that grace is to be expected only in the use of the means of grace. Nor does He ever leave any to their hearts' lusts, till they have left him and his services.
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