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Leviticus 19

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 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2 "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You will be holy for I the LORD your God am holy.1

 3 You will fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths; I am the LORD your God.

 4 Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

 5 And if you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, you will offer it at your own will.

 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the next day; and if something remains until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.

 7 And if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.

 8 Therefore everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

 9 And when you reap the harvest of your land, you will not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.

 10 And you will not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you will leave them for the poor and stranger; I am the LORD your God.

 11 You will not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

 12 And you will not swear by my name falsely, neither shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.

 13 You will not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him; the wages of those you have hired shall not be delayed to stay with you all night until the morning.

 14 You will not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God; I am the LORD.

 15 You will not judge unrighteously; you will not show partiality to the poor, nor honor the mighty; but in righteousness you will judge your neighbor.

 16 You will not go up and down as a gossiper among your people; neither shall you take a stand against your neighbor's life; I am the LORD.

 17 You will not hate your brother in your heart; you will surely rebuke your neighbor, and not share his sin.

 18 You will not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you will love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

 19 You will keep my statutes. You will not let your cattle breed with a different kind; you will not sow your field with mingled seed; neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon you.

 20 And whoever lies carnally with a woman, who is a bondmaid, betrothed to a husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her, she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death because she was not free.

 21 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering.

 22 And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin that he has done; and the sin that he has done shall be forgiven him.

 23 And when you will come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then you will count their fruit as uncircumcised. For three years it shall it be as uncircumcised to you, and it it shall not be eaten.

 24 But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy to praise the LORD with it.

 25 And in the fifth year you shall you eat of its fruit so that it may yield to you its increase; I am the LORD your God.

 26 You will not eat anything with the blood; neither shall you use enchantment, magic, omens, or witchcraft.

 27 You will not round the corners of your heads, neither shall you mar the corners of your beard.

 28 You will not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you; I am the LORD.

 29 Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

 30 You will keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary; I am the LORD.

 31 Do not respect those who are spirit mediums, neither seek after sorcerers to be defiled by them; I am the LORD your God.

 32 You will rise up before the hoary head of the aged, honor the face of the old man, and fear your God; I am the LORD.

 33 And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you will not trouble him.

 34 But the stranger who dwells with you will be to you as one born among you, and you will love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

 35 You will do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measurement of weight or volume.

 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah [bushel measurement], and a just hin [1.5 gal measurement]; I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

 37 Therefore shall you observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them; I am the LORD."


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1 You will be holy for I the LORD your God am holy. Christendom seems to think this may have applied to the Old Testament, but not to them. But what does Paul say:

Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14.
For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thes 4:7.
let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Cor 7:1.

And what does Peter say:

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 1 Pet 1:15-17.

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