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

New Living Translation
For the Scriptures say, "You must be holy because I am holy."

English Standard Version
since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Berean Study Bible
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Berean Literal Bible
because it has been written: "You shall be holy, because I am holy."

New American Standard Bible
because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."

King James Bible
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Christian Standard Bible
for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.

Contemporary English Version
That's why the Scriptures say, "I am the holy God, and you must be holy too."

Good News Translation
The scripture says, "Be holy because I am holy."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.

International Standard Version
For it is written, "You must be holy, because I am holy."

NET Bible
for it is written, "You shall be holy, because I am holy."

New Heart English Bible
because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because it is written: “Be holy, just as I also am holy.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Scripture says, "Be holy, because I am holy."

New American Standard 1977
because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
for it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

King James 2000 Bible
Because it is written, You will be holy; for I am holy.

American King James Version
Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.

American Standard Version
because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.

Darby Bible Translation
because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.

English Revised Version
because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Weymouth New Testament
Because it stands written, "You are to be holy, because I am holy."

World English Bible
because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy."

Young's Literal Translation
because it hath been written, 'Become ye holy, because I am holy;'
Study Bible
A Call to Holiness
15But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17Since you call on a Father who judges each one’s work impartially, live your lives in reverent fear during your temporary stay on earth.…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:44
For I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, because I am holy. You must not defile yourselves by any creature that crawls along the ground.

Leviticus 11:45
For I am the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

Leviticus 19:2
"Speak to the entire congregation of the Israelites and tell them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

Leviticus 20:7
Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.

Isaiah 35:8
And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel it, only those who walk in that Way--and fools will not stray onto it.

Treasury of Scripture

Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.

Leviticus 11:44
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Leviticus 19:2
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.

Leviticus 20:7
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.







Lexicon
for
διότι (dioti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1360: On this account, because, for. From dia and hoti; on the very account that, or inasmuch as.

it is written:
γέγραπται (gegraptai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

“Be
ἔσεσθε (esesthe)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

holy,
Ἅγιοι (Hagioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am
εἰμι (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

holy.”
ἅγιος (hagios)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.
(16) Be ye holy; for I am holy.--The better reading here is, Ye shall he holy; it is still, however, a command, not a promise--except that all God's commands are promises. The command comes some five or six times in the Book of Leviticus, addressed not only to the Levites, but to all the people. It would, therefore, apply twice over to the recipients of this letter by virtue of their twofold consecration, in the old and in the new Israel.

Verse 16. - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy; literally, according to the best manuscripts, ye shall be holy - future for imperative. The words occur five times in the Book of Leviticus. God had called the Israelites to be his peculiar people, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:5, 6). He has called us Christians to be "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people" (1 Peter 2:9). He is holy, awful in holiness; in his sight "the heavens are not clean." We who are his must strive to be holy, separated from all that is impure, consecrated to his service. 1:13-16 As the traveller, the racer, the warrior, and the labourer, gathered in their long and loose garments, that they might be ready in their business, so let Christians do by their minds and affections. Be sober, be watchful against all spiritual dangers and enemies, and be temperate in all behaviour. Be sober-minded in opinion, as well as in practice, and humble in your judgment of yourselves. A strong and perfect trust in the grace of God, is agreeable with best endeavours in our duty. Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. It must be in all affairs, in every condition, and towards all people. We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian's life, and by this rule we are commanded to be holy every way. God makes those holy whom he saves.
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