Leviticus 19:28
New International Version
“’Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

New Living Translation
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.

English Standard Version
You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
You must not make any cuts in your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

King James Bible
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

New King James Version
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

NASB 1995
‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

NASB 1977
‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

Amplified Bible
You shall not make any cuts on your body [in mourning] for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves; I am the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
You are not to make gashes on your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves; I am the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to make gashes on your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves; I am Yahweh.”

American Standard Version
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you shall not make a cutting in your flesh for a soul and you shall not make an inscription of markings in yourselves; I AM LORD JEHOVAH.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And ye shall not make cuttings in your body for a dead body, and ye shall not inscribe on yourselves any marks. I am the Lord your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead, neither shall you make in yourselves any figures or marks: I am the Lord.

English Revised Version
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Good News Translation
or tattoo yourselves or cut gashes in your body to mourn for the dead. I am the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never slash your body to mourn the dead, and never get a tattoo. I am the LORD.

International Standard Version
"You are not to make incisions in your flesh on account of the dead nor submit to cuts or tattoos. I am the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor imprint any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
And you do not put a cutting for the soul in your flesh; and a writing, a cross-mark, you do not put on yourself; I [am] YHWH.

NET Bible
You must not slash your body for a dead person or incise a tattoo on yourself. I am the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
"'You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you. I am the LORD.

World English Bible
"'You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you. I am Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And a cutting for the soul ye do not put in your flesh; and a writing, a cross-mark, ye do not put on you; I am Jehovah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Keep My Decrees
27You must not cut off the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. 28You must not make any cuts in your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. 29You must not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be prostituted and filled with depravity.…

Cross References
John 20:25
So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he replied, "Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger where the nails have been, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe."

Leviticus 19:27
You must not cut off the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.

Leviticus 19:29
You must not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be prostituted and filled with depravity.

Leviticus 21:1
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to Aaron's sons, the priests, and tell them that a priest is not to defile himself for a dead person among his people,

Leviticus 21:11
He must not go near any dead body; he must not defile himself, even for his father or mother.

Deuteronomy 14:1
You are sons of the LORD your God; do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads on behalf of the dead,

1 Kings 18:28
So they shouted louder and cut themselves with knives and lances, as was their custom, until the blood gushed over them.


Treasury of Scripture

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.

Cuttings

Leviticus 21:5
They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

Deuteronomy 14:1
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

1 Kings 18:28
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

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Revelation 13:16,17
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: …

Revelation 14:9,11
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, …

Revelation 15:2
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.









(28) Cuttings in your flesh for the dead.--It was not only the custom for mourners to let their hair grow long and wear it in a disorderly manner (see Leviticus 10:6), but the bereaved in the East to this day make cuts and incisions in their bodies in mourning for the dead. The Israelite, however, who is created in the image of God, and who is to be as holy as the Lord is holy, must not thus disfigure his body (see Leviticus 21:6; Deuteronomy 14:1, &c.); he must not sorrow as others which have no hope. For transgressing this law the offender received forty stripes save one.

Nor print any marks upon you.--This, according to the ancient authorities, was effected by making punctures in the skin to impress certain figures or words, and then filling the cut places with stibium, ink, or some other colour. The practice of tattooing prevailed among all nations of antiquity, both among savages and civilised nations, The slave had impressed upon his body the initials of his master, the soldier those of his general, and the worshipper the image of his tutelar deity. To obviate this disfiguration of the body which bore the impress of God's image, and yet to exhibit the emblem of his creed, the Mosaic Law enacted that the Hebrew should have phylacteries which he is to bind as "a sign" upon his hand, and as "a memorial" between his eyes "that the Lord's law may be in his mouth" (Exodus 13:9; Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8; Deuteronomy 11:18). . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You must not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

make any cuts
וְשֶׂ֣רֶט (wə·śe·reṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8296: An incision

in your bodies
בִּבְשַׂרְכֶ֔ם (biḇ·śar·ḵem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man

for the dead
לָנֶ֗פֶשׁ (lā·ne·p̄eš)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

or put
תִתְּנ֖וּ (ṯit·tə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

tattoo
קַֽעֲקַ֔ע (qa·‘ă·qa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7085: An incision, imprint, tattoo

marks on yourselves.
וּכְתֹ֣בֶת (ū·ḵə·ṯō·ḇeṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3793: A letter, branded

I
אֲנִ֖י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

am the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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