Leviticus 19:2
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New International Version
"Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

New Living Translation
"Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

English Standard Version
“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

New American Standard Bible
"Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

King James Bible
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy."

International Standard Version
"Tell the entire assembly of Israel that they are to be holy, since I, the LORD your God, am holy.

NET Bible
"Speak to the whole congregation of the Israelites and tell them, 'You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Tell the whole congregation of Israel: Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them: Ye shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy.

New American Standard 1977
“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Speak unto all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say unto them, Ye shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

King James 2000 Bible
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

American King James Version
Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

American Standard Version
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy; for I Jehovah your God am holy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak unto all the assembly of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Holy shall ye be, for I Jehovah your God am holy.

English Revised Version
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

World English Bible
"Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and tell them, 'You shall be holy; for I Yahweh your God am holy.

Young's Literal Translation
Speak unto all the company of the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, Ye are holy, for holy am I, Jehovah, your God.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
19:1-37 laws. - There are some ceremonial precepts in this chapter, but most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are explanations of the ten commandments. It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God, ver. 2. To teach real separation from the world and the flesh, and entire devotedness to God. This is now the law of Christ; may the Lord bring every thought within us into obedience to it! Children are to be obedient to their parents, ver. 3. The fear here required includes inward reverence and esteem, outward respect and obedience, care to please them and to make them easy. God only is to be worshipped, ver. 4. Turn not from the true God to false ones, from the God who will make you holy and happy, to those that will deceive you, and make you for ever miserable. Turn not your eyes to them, much less your heart. They should leave the gleanings of their harvest and vintage for the poor, ver. 9. Works of piety must be always attended with works of charity, according to our ability. We must not be covetous, griping, and greedy of every thing we can lay claim to, nor insist upon our right in all things. We are to be honest and true in all our dealings, ver. 11. Whatever we have in the world, we must see that we get it honestly, for we cannot be truly rich, or long rich, with that which is not so. Reverence to the sacred name of God must be shown, ver. 12. We must not detain what belongs to another, particularly the wages of the hireling, ver. 13. We must be tender of the credit and safety of those that cannot help themselves, ver. 14. Do no hurt to any, because they are unwilling or unable to avenge themselves. We ought to take heed of doing any thing which may occasion our weak brother to fall. The fear of God should keep us from doing wrong things, though they will not expose us to men's anger. Judges, and all in authority, are commanded to give judgment without partiality, ver. 15. To be a tale-bearer, and to sow discord among neighbours, is as bad an office as a man can put himself into. We are to rebuke our neighbour in love, ver. 17. Rather rebuke him than hate him, for an injury done to thyself. We incur guilt by not reproving; it is hating our brother. We should say, I will do him the kindness to tell him of his faults. We are to put off all malice, and to put on brotherly love, ver. 18. We often wrong ourselves, but we soon forgive ourselves those wrongs, and they do not at all lessen our love to ourselves; in like manner we should love our neighbour. We must in many cases deny ourselves for the good of our neighbour. Ver. 31: For Christians to have their fortunes told, to use spells and charms, or the like, is a sad affront to God. They must be grossly ignorant who ask, What harm is there in these things? Here is a charge to young people to show respect to the aged, ver. 32. Religion teaches good manners, and obliges us to honour those to whom honour is due. A charge was given to the Israelites to be very tender of strangers, ver. 33. Strangers, and the widows and fatherless, are God's particular care. It is at our peril, if we do them any wrong. Strangers shall be welcome to God's grace; we should do what we can to recommend religion to them. Justice in weights and measures is commanded, ver. 35. We must make conscience of obeying God's precepts. We are not to pick and choose our duty, but must aim at standing complete in all the will of God. And the nearer our lives and tempers are to the precepts of God's law, the happier shall we be, and the happier shall we make all around us, and the better shall we adorn the gospel.
Study Bible
Idolatry Forbidden
1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2"Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. 3'Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

Ephesians 1:4
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love

1 Peter 1:16
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Exodus 19:6
and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."

Exodus 22:31
"You shall be holy men to Me, therefore you shall not eat any flesh torn to pieces in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs.

Leviticus 11:44
'For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.

Leviticus 11:45
'For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.'"

Leviticus 19:1
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

Leviticus 20:7
'You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:26
'Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.
Treasury of Scripture

Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

Ye shall

Leviticus 11:44,45 For I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, …

Leviticus 20:7,26 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God…

Leviticus 21:8 You shall sanctify him therefore; for he offers the bread of your …

Exodus 19:6 And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. …

Isaiah 6:3,4 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

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