Leviticus 20:9
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New International Version
"'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.

New Living Translation
"Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.

English Standard Version
For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

New American Standard Bible
If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.

King James Bible
For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother; his blood is on his own hands.

International Standard Version
"Anyone who curses his father or mother is certainly to be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother, so his guilt will remain his responsibility."

NET Bible
"'If anyone curses his father and mother he must be put to death. He has cursed his father and mother; his blood guilt is on himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Whoever curses his father or mother must be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother and deserves to die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For any man that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

King James 2000 Bible
For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

American King James Version
For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be on him.

American Standard Version
For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that curseth his father, or mother, dying let him die: he hath cursed his father, and mother, let his blood be upon him.

Darby Bible Translation
Whatever man revileth his father and his mother shall certainly be put to death: he hath reviled his father and his mother; his blood is upon him.

English Revised Version
For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For every one that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

World English Bible
"'For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

Young's Literal Translation
For any man who revileth his father and his mother is certainly put to death; his father and his mother he hath reviled: his blood is on him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - See above, the note on chapter Leviticus 19:14, which shows how God's word is made of none effect by man's traditions. God says that a man who curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death. Human authority, incontrovertible throughout a great part of Christendom, declares that in most cases it is no grave sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For everyone that curseth his father or his mother,.... Here begins the account of the penalties annexed to the several laws in the preceding chapter; and that respecting the fear and honour of parents being the first, Leviticus 19:3, is here begun with:

shall surely be put to death; the Targum of Jonathan adds,"by casting of stones,''stoning being the punishment of such transgressors:

he hath cursed his father or his mother: to do either is his sin, and a capital crime it is:

his blood shall be upon him: he shall be guilty of death, be condemned unto it, and punished with it, namely, by stoning; for, as Jarchi observes, wherever it is, "his blood shall be on him", or "their blood shall be on them", it is to be understood of stoning.



Leviticus 20:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Punishments for Disobedience
8'You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 9If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.
Cross References
Matthew 15:4
For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'

Mark 7:10
For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'

Exodus 21:17
"Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 27:16
"Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

Proverbs 20:20
If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

Ezekiel 22:7
In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
Treasury of Scripture

For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be on him.

curseth The term {yekallel} signifies not only to curse, but to speak contemptuously, disrespectfully, or to make light of a person: so that all speeches which have a tendency to lessen our parents in the eyes of others, or to render their judgment, piety, etc., suspected or contemptible, is her included; though the act of cursing, or of treating the parent with injurious or opprobrious language, is what is particularly intended. He who conscientiously keeps the {fifth} commandment, can be in no danger of the judgment here denounced.

Exodus 21:17 And he that curses his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless …

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He …

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses …

his blood

Leviticus 20:11-13,16,27 And the man that lies with his father's wife has uncovered his father's …

Joshua 2:19 And it shall be, that whoever shall go out of the doors of your house …

Judges 9:24 That the cruelty done to the three score and ten sons of Jerubbaal …

2 Samuel 1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth …

1 Kings 2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood on his own head, who fell on …

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

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