Leviticus 18:5
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English Standard Version
You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.

King James Bible
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

American Standard Version
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and mine ordinances; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep my laws and my judgments, which if a man do, he shall live in them. I am the Lord.

English Revised Version
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments: which if a man doeth, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"For as for the soul of all flesh...its blood makes out its soul:" i.e., "this is the case with the soul of all flesh, that it is its blood which makes out its soul." בּנפשׁו is to be taken as a predicate in its meaning, introduced with beth essentiale. It is only as so understood, that the clause supplies a reason at all in harmony with the context. Because the distinguishing characteristic of the blood as, that it was the soul of the being when living in the flesh; therefore it was not to be eaten in the case of any animal: and even in the case of animals that were not proper for sacrifice, it was to be allowed to run out upon the ground, and then covered with earth, or, so to speak, buried.

(Note: On the truth which lay at the foundation of this idea of the unity of the soul and blood, which others of the ancients shared with the Hebrews, particularly the early Greek philosophers, see Delitzsch's bibl. Psychol. pp. 242ff. "It seems at first sight to be founded upon no other reason, than that a sudden diminution of the quantity of the blood is sure to cause death. But this phenomenon rests upon the still deeper ground, that all the activity of the body, especially that of the nervous and muscular systems, is dependent upon the circulation of the blood; for if the flow of blood is stopped from any part of the body, all its activity ceases immediately; a sensitive part loses all sensation in a very few minutes, and muscular action is entirely suspended... The blood is really the basis of the physical life; and so far the soul, as the vital principle of the body, is pre-eminently in the blood" (p. 245).)

- Lastly (Leviticus 17:15, Leviticus 17:16), the prohibition against eating "that which died" (Leviticus 11:39-40), or "that which was torn" (Exodus 22:30), is renewed and supplemented by the law, that whoever, either of the natives or of foreigners, should eat the flesh of that which had fallen (died a natural death), or had been torn in pieces by wild beasts (sc., thoughtlessly or in ignorance; cf. Leviticus 5:2), and neglected the legal purification afterwards, was to bear his iniquity (Leviticus 5:1). Of course the flesh intended is that of animals which were clean, and therefore allowable as food, when properly slaughtered, and which became unclean simply from the fact, that when they had died a natural death, or had been torn to pieces by wild beasts, the blood remained in the flesh, or did not flow out in a proper manner. According to Exodus 22:30, the נבלה (that which had fallen) was to be thrown to the dogs; but in Deuteronomy 14:21 permission is given either to sell it or give it to a stranger or alien, to prevent the plea that it was a pity that such a thing should be entirely wasted, and so the more effectually to secure the observance of the command, that it was not to be eaten by an Israelite.

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which if a man do

Ezekiel 20:11,13,21 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them...

Luke 10:28 And he said to him, You have answered right: this do, and you shall live.

Romans 10:5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which does those things shall live by them.

Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that does them shall live in them.

I am the Lord

Exodus 6:2,6,29 And God spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am the LORD...

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Cross References
Matthew 19:17
And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."

Luke 10:28
And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."

Romans 7:10
The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

Romans 10:5
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.

Galatians 3:12
But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them."

Leviticus 18:6
"None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 4:1
"And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

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