Leviticus 20:26
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New International Version
You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

New Living Translation
You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.

English Standard Version
You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Berean Study Bible
You are to be holy to Me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations that you should be My own.

New American Standard Bible
'Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.

King James Bible
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

Christian Standard Bible
You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be mine.

Contemporary English Version
I am the LORD, the holy God. You have been chosen to be my people, and so you must be holy too.

Good News Translation
You shall be holy and belong only to me, because I am the LORD and I am holy. I have set you apart from the other nations so that you would belong to me alone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are to be holy to Me because I, Yahweh, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be Mine.

International Standard Version
"You are to be holy toward me, because I, the LORD, am holy. I've separated you from among the people to be mine.

NET Bible
You must be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the other peoples to be mine.

New Heart English Bible
You shall be holy to me: for I, the LORD, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that you should be mine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be my holy people because I, the LORD, am holy. I have separated you from other people to be my very own.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And ye shall be holy unto Me; for I the LORD am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that ye should be Mine.

New American Standard 1977
‘Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye must, therefore, be holy unto me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the other peoples, that ye should be mine.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.

American King James Version
And you shall be holy to me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that you should be mine.

American Standard Version
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I, Jehovah, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that ye should be mine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall be holy unto me, because I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall be holy unto me; for I Jehovah am holy, and have separated you from the peoples to be mine.

English Revised Version
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that ye should be mine.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye shall be holy to me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

World English Bible
You shall be holy to me: for I, Yahweh, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have been holy to Me; for holy am I, Jehovah; and I separate you from the peoples to become Mine.
Study Bible
Keep All My Decrees
25You are therefore to distinguish between clean and unclean animals and birds. Do not become contaminated by any animal or bird, or by anything that crawls on the ground; I have set these apart as unclean for you. 26You are to be holy to Me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations that you should be My own. 27A man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist must surely be put to death. They shall be stoned; their blood is upon them.’”…
Cross References
Exodus 33:16
For how then can it be known that Your people and I have found favor in Your sight, unless You go with us? How else will we be distinguished from all the other people on the face of the earth?"

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 20:24
But I have said to you, "You will inherit their land, since I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the peoples.

Deuteronomy 14:2
for you are a holy people belonging to the LORD your God. The LORD has chosen you to be His prized possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Joshua 24:19
But Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your rebellion or your sins.

Treasury of Scripture

And you shall be holy to me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that you should be mine.

the Lord

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

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

Psalm 99:5,9 Exalt you the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy…

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Isaiah 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy …

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

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they …

severed

Leviticus 20:24 But I have said to you, You shall inherit their land, and I will …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Deuteronomy 26:18,19 And the LORD has avouched you this day to be his peculiar people, …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

(26) And ye shall be holy unto me.--Rather, And ye shall be my holy ones, in harmony with the remark in the last clause of this verse, where God says that He had separated them for the purpose that "ye should be mine" The phrase only occurs here, and is different from the one which has been used in Leviticus 11:44-45; Leviticus 20:17.

And have severed you from other people.--Better, and have separated you from other people, as the Authorised Version renders this phrase in Leviticus 20:24. That is, God has separated them from the rest of the nations to be His holy people, and to be an example to them. The spiritual guides during the second Temple have explained this separation of Israel as not implying the rejection of the other nations, but simply as the first installment. They maintained that it implies that all other nations are gradually to follow, and that the Divine choice is to go on from people to people, till "many nations shall be joined to the Lord . . . and shall be my people" (Zechariah 2:11), where the same phrase, "shall be mine," is used as in the passage before us. The Divine plan of the redemption of mankind they set forth in the text before us as follows :--"If the Scripture had said, I have separated all the nations from you, there would be no future for the Gentiles; but since it is said, I have separated you from the nations, it is as one who first of all separates the best from the less good, and then goes on continually to separate the better ones. But he who separates the bad from the good, by this very process rejects the bad, and does not return to them." The Mosaic doctrine of the separation of Israel, therefore, so far from tending to produce and harbour in the Jews contracted views of God's mercy, and a contempt for all other nations, has taught them to look upon themselves as simply having gone first to the mountain of the Lord, and that all other nations are to follow, and to become with them children of God.

And ye shall be holy unto me,.... Separated from all unclean persons and things, and devoted to his service, and obedient to all his commands, and so live holy lives and conversations, according to his will, and to his honour and glory:

for I the Lord am holy; and therefore they, his people, should be like him, and imitate him, and observe those things which are agreeable to his holy nature and will, and yield a cheerful obedience to his holy precepts:

and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine; which is a very forcible argument, a strong motive, and which laid them under great obligation to obedience and holiness. 20:10-27 These verses repeat what had been said before, but it was needful there should be line upon line. What praises we owe to God that he has taught the evil of sin, and the sure way of deliverance from it! May we have grace to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things; may we have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.
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