Leviticus 20:7
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New International Version
"'Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

New Living Translation
So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

English Standard Version
Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

New American Standard Bible
'You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

King James Bible
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am Yahweh your God.

International Standard Version
Therefore, separate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

NET Bible
"'You must sanctify yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

New Heart English Bible
"'Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am the LORD your God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Live holy lives. Be holy because I am the LORD your God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the LORD your God.

New American Standard 1977
‘You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be ye holy, for I am the LORD your God.

King James 2000 Bible
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God.

American King James Version
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God.

American Standard Version
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am Jehovah your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy because I am the Lord your God.

Darby Bible Translation
Hallow yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am Jehovah your God.

English Revised Version
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sanctify yourselves therefore and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

World English Bible
"'Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
And ye have sanctified yourselves, and ye have been holy, for I am Jehovah your God;
Study Bible
Punishments for Disobedience
6'As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. 7You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. 8'You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.…
Cross References
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."

Leviticus 19:2
"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.

Joshua 24:19
Then Joshua said to the people, "You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins.
Treasury of Scripture

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God.

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

Leviticus 19:2 Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Thessalonians 4:3,7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

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

(7, 8) Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy.--Rather, Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy, as the same phrase is rendered in the Authorised Version in Leviticus 11:44. Though it is immaterial which of the two renderings is adopted, it is important that it should be the same in both passages, since the phrase is exactly the same in the original. It is only by keeping the Divine ordinances that the Israelites will attain to that state of holiness which will not only arm them to resist the abominable rites and idolatrous practices denounced in the foregoing verses, but which will enable them to reflect the holiness of their Lord.

Verses 7, 8. - A positive command, Sanctify yourselves therefore, and he ye holy: for I am the Lord your God, is introduced early in the list of penalties to show what is the main purpose of the latter. The only way in which the nation can recover holiness lost by the sins of its members, is by the punishment of the latter, or by their purification by means of sacrifice, according to the nature of the offense. Sanctify yourselves therefore,.... By abstaining from such impious and idolatrous practices, and separating themselves from all that gave into them, as well as by observing the holy commandments of the Lord; otherwise internal sanctification is not the work of man, but of the Lord himself, as in Leviticus 20:8,

and be ye holy; or a separate people from all others in worship and conversation:

for I am the Lord your God; who is a holy God, and therefore it became them to be holy, in imitation of him, Leviticus 19:2. 7-19. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy—The minute specification of the incestuous and unnatural crimes here enumerated shows their sad prevalence amongst the idolatrous nations around, and the extreme proneness of the Israelites to follow the customs of their neighbors. It is to be understood, that, whenever mention is made that the offender was "to be put to death" without describing the mode, stoning is meant. The only instance of another form of capital punishment occurs in Le 20:14, that of being burnt with fire; and yet it is probable that even here death was first inflicted by stoning, and the body of the criminal afterwards consumed by fire (Jos 7:15).20:1-9 Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancient idolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so. But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching and wicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which they show their children, devote them to the service of Satan, and forward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to be lamented? What an account must such parents render to God, and what a meeting will they have with their children at the day of judgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he who cursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christ confirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, and penalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices, because the law has made these practices sin, and it is right that we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them when the law has made them death, from a principle of self-preservation. In the midst of these laws comes in a general charge, Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy. It is the Lord that sanctifies, and his work will be done, though it be difficult. Yet his grace is so far from doing away our endeavours, that it strongly encourages them. Work out your salvation, for it is God that worketh in you.
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