Leviticus 24:15
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New International Version
Say to the Israelites: 'Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible;

New Living Translation
Say to the people of Israel: Those who curse their God will be punished for their sin.

English Standard Version
And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin.

King James Bible
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And tell the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he will bear the consequences of his sin.

International Standard Version
Moreover, tell the Israelis that anyone who curses his God will bear the consequences of his own sin,

NET Bible
Moreover, you are to tell the Israelites, 'If any man curses his God he will bear responsibility for his sin,

New Heart English Bible
You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Also tell the Israelites: Those who treat their God with contempt will be punished for their sin.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

New American Standard 1977
“And you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If anyone curses his God, then he shall bear his sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, The man that speaks evil of his God shall bear his sin.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

American King James Version
And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt speak to the children of Israel: the man that curseth his God, shall bear his sin:

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Every one when he revileth his God shall bear his sin.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

World English Bible
You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

Young's Literal Translation
'And unto the sons of Israel thou dost speak, saying, When any man revileth his God -- then he hath borne his sin;
Study Bible
Shelomith's Son Blasphemes
14"Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head; then let all the congregation stone him. 15"You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin. 16'Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:28
"You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.

1 Kings 21:10
and seat two worthless men before him, and let them testify against him, saying, 'You cursed God and the king.' Then take him out and stone him to death."
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

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(15) Whosoever curseth his God.--As Moses had to appeal to God for direction, the Lord has not only declared what should be done with this particular offender, but lays down a general law for the punishment of blasphemers. As the criminal who is the immediate occasion of this enactment is an Egyptian, directions are given, in the first place, about the treatment of Gentiles who temporarily sojourn among the Hebrews, and who have not as yet renounced their faith in their own God. If such a Gentile curses his own God in whom he still professes to believe, he shall bear his sin; he must suffer the punishment for his sin from the hands of his co-religionists, whose feelings he has outraged. The Israelites are not to interfere to save him from the consequence of his guilt; for a heathen who reviles the god in whom he believes is not to be trusted in other respects, and sets a bad example to others, who might be led to imitate his conduct.

Verses 15, 16. - In accordance with the judicial decision on the man is framed the general law against blasphemy and its penalty. It runs as follows: Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him. It has been questioned whether two offenses or one are here contemplated, whether cursing his God is one offense, bearing his sin being its punishment, and blaspheming the Name of the Lord another and greater offense, for which the punishment is stoning; or whether the latter offense and punishment are a more specific statement of the offense and punishment which had only generally been described before. Those who take the first view point out that the present offender was an Egyptian, and urge that had he cursed his God, that is, the Egyptian god or gods, he would only have had to bear his sin; but that as he had blasphemed the Name of Israel's God, Jehovah, he was to be stoned. The second explanation, however, is the truer one. The Scriptures recognize but one God, and he is the Lord Jehovah. Whoever curses him shall bear his sin, that is, shall be guilty in such a way that his sin must be purged either by punishment or by sacrifice, and it is then further declared that this particular sin can be purged only by the death of the offender at the hand of the congregation. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel,.... On this occasion, and gave them some laws and rules concerning the above affair, and other things:

saying, whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin; which some understand of anyone of another nation, that cursed the God he used to serve in his own country; but it can hardly be thought that a law should be made by the one only living and true God, to preserve the honour and credit of false gods, when he is so jealous of his own glory; and those are spoken of in Scripture with the greatest contempt, as dunghill deities, and are actually cursed, Jeremiah 10:11; but they are rather to be interpreted of judges and all civil magistrates, who, as Aben Ezra observes, are sometimes called Elohim or gods, Psalm 82:1; and the rather, as it is probable this man had cursed his judges, and so this is a distinct sin from what follows; and not only the manner of expressing it, but the punishment of it, seem to be different; for the phrase, "to bear his sin", is used where the punishment is not expressly declared, and is by Jarchi and others interpreted of cutting off from his people, but in what way is not certain; whereas the punishment of a blasphemer of God is before and after clearly expressed; see Leviticus 20:19. 24:10-23 This offender was the son of an Egyptian father, and an Israelitish mother. The notice of his parents shows the common ill effect of mixed marriages. A standing law for the stoning of blasphemers was made upon this occasion. Great stress is laid upon this law. It extends to the strangers among them, as well as to those born in the land. Strangers, as well as native Israelites, should be entitled to the benefit of the law, so as not to suffer wrong; and should be liable to the penalty of this law, in case they did wrong. If those who profane the name of God escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgments. What enmity against God must be in the heart of man, when blasphemies against God proceed out of his mouth. If he that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the gospel of the Son of God! Let us watch against anger, do no evil, avoid all connexions with wicked people, and reverence that holy name which sinners blaspheme.
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