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."

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

New King James Version
because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

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

NASB 1995
because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

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

Amplified Bible
because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY (set apart), FOR I AM HOLY.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
because it has been written: “Become 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."

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;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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, conduct yourselves in reverent fear during your stay as foreigners.…

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 so that I would be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

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

Leviticus 20:7
Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, because 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 the 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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
for
διότι (dioti)
Conjunction
Strong's 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 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

“Be
ἔσεσθε (esesthe)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 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 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

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

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 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 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 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.


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