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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any markes vpon you: I am the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)
You may not make cuts in your flesh in respect for the dead, or have marks printed on your bodies: I am the Lord.
- Basic English Bible
And cuttings for a dead person shall ye not make in your flesh, nor put any tattoo writing upon you: I am Jehovah.
- Darby Bible
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
- Webster's Bible
'You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you. I am Yahweh.
- World English Bible
`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.
- Youngs Literal Bible
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor imprint any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
19:28 Cuttings in your flesh - Which the Gentiles commonly did both in the worship of their idols, and in their solemn mournings, #Jer 16:6|.
Erika's comment on 2014-08-17 21:36:16:
People are too eager to maim and kill each other over words. Do the anti tattooists never eat catfish? Catfish have no scales. Do they refuse a surgical incision? Many threats to life like cancer or a bullet need to be removed. Do they refuse to breastfeed their infants? Vital blood components for baby 's health are in breast milk. Do they refuse life saving blood transfusions? If so then their god is a god who demands human blood sacrifice. That is not my god.
Matthew Levi's comment on 2014-06-13 17:45:33:
The WORD is the Truth. Plain and simple. The book of the Law is too be honored and respected. God will not make exceptions. His son Jesus fulfilled ALL of the law and He is King of kings and The Lord of lords.
Cynthia's comment on 2014-06-10 20:53:32:
Does it mean not tattoo your self for the dead?
Aggeliki's comment on 2014-06-08 22:43:26:
By reading all that I have, I feel very good for many of you who realize now that some of the things we grew up and were peer pressured to by society, never realizing that it was a sin. The best thing to do is repent and apologize to God and fix things. Never to repeat that sin again. Keep repenting like its your last day so the devil does not stand a chance to try to steal you. Tell God please take me when its time and don 't let the devil tempt me. Please forgive my loved ones too, because some of your loved ones sometimes continue and try to make excuses, but pray for them so God takes them. Many are very good and pure in the heart and act like lions but are ** cats in their soul. That is why I ask God to forgive them. We shall not be afraid of any soul in heaven for everyone will be good. God does not want any ounce of evil because he does not want the other angels hurt and tempted. That is why he threw out the fallen angel who tried to act smart. Keep the faith and always Pray!!!!!!!!
Sher's comment on 2014-05-29 23:27:55:
The God of Abraham brought His people out of Egypt and admonished them not to do as the Egyptians do...the oldest tattoos discovered come from Egypt and we have the mummies to prove it. The black "pigment " that is still used today for tattoos is called Indian Black or Bone Black and is from charred animal bones... the term "tattoo ink " is used in error, the colored substance used in tattoos is call "pigment " and must be mixed with a liquid carrier, the tattoo is not made with any type of "ink " unless it 's a prison tattoo . All other colors contain heavy metals and I 'll go ahead and use this quote from His Word "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge " The hebrew word in Leviticus 19 28 that is translated "for the dead " is actually the word "NEPHESH " this word means soul or living person... it is a mystery to me that this word was translated as dead. And it 's interesting that many people believe it 's okay to get a tattoo as long as it 's not for the dead...
Ivy's comment on 2014-05-29 17:02:24:
Leviticus 19 28 refers to cutting in your body for the DEAD. In the part of Africa that I hail from, tribal marks were used in the olden days for identification during the war. Some people tattoo names of their loved ones on their skin as a sign of endless love and commitment. i.e their spouses or children. I have seen some nice tattoos like bible verses, praying hands, roses, butterflies etc. I don 't think these are harmful or sinful. I believe the motives behind our actions are important. we shouldn 't judge or condemn people who have sensible inscriptions on their skins. However,some tattoos are used by cultist and some can be demonic.People can have contamination from tattoos and can be infected with hepatitis B or HIV. Excess tattoos can make people appear irresponsible.I don 't like them, but I 'm not going to judge anyone who has sensible tattoos on their skins.
Vanessa's comment on 2014-05-24 17:30:17:
It is as clear as day. The word of the Lord is there to guide us and is never wrong.Printing marks is a tattoo.
Len Vivolo's comment on 2014-05-15 09:08:31:
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and are not our own to do with as we please. It was purchased at a great price, namely the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God. We are to give glory to God with our bodies. Therefore, when God forbids tattoo 's or body piercing in the old testament, for us to believe in the trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then we must consider that it doesn 't matter what year in modern times this is to God. Times may change and people may change, but to God the Father, Son Or Holy Spirit....He is the same yesterday, today and forever. "Do Not Tattoo Or Pierce Your Body is a blunt and to the point " decree that doesn 't require interpretation. Just obedience! Therefore it is safer to just accept the fact that "God Said It....I Believe It.....And That Pretty Much Settles It. " Len Vivolo
Scott's comment on 2014-05-14 15:05:48:
In my experience 'The Levitical Law ' was written to help us. I have many times found an answer, simply by asking "Why would God say that? " In this case just Google 'health issues with tattoos ' for several possible answers. Through Christ, I have been freed from the Law, that does not, however, mean that I 'm freed from the consequence. When God says don 't do it, it 's usually for your own good. I don 't believe He will condemn you for having a tat, but I am sure that He did not plan for you to die at 22 from a blood infection.
Louie Villa-pal's comment on 2014-05-08 01:52:09:
Tattoo is a craze but I am listing the reasons for my advocacy against it. First, Most people who are for it defend it as an artform. The designs at executed well over in one 's body. Good for the moment. Now comes the question what becomes of it when the human skin used as a canvass becomes old and dilapidated, no longer the body of a young healthy individual but that of a wrinkled medium of a seventy year old host. It would be an overstatement to brand tattoos as a form of art because it can never outlive genuine canvasses like those used by picasso or da vinci. Second, in biblical context, the mandate is prohibition. If Christ was in favor of tattoos, He could have one made for himself. Third, If there was a way of putting it over the body, then there is also a way of removing it. Those in Christ will not find it difficult to remove it only to erase the semblance of paganism of one 's past.
Abdul Karim Mansaray's comment on 2014-04-14 07:36:30:
it is a configured mark of the beast.Tatoo of any form is not good.
Richard's comment on 2014-04-11 10:54:10:
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling......seems to me what you do with your body or any other matter is between you and God....
Ron's comment on 2014-04-09 09:39:33:
God has given us free will. God has given us his word and his Spirit to discern. We can start in Genesis and see where God says, "let us create man in our image. " I have a difficult time convincing myself the Godhead has brightly colored markings with different sayings, phrases, or pictures. Some will argue that Lev 19 28 is in the Old Testament so it doesn 't matter. We must then take into consieration that Pastors are accountable to teach the whole counsel of God. Now if we want to move forward to the New Testament we must take into consideration that the Bible tells us our bodies are the the temple of the Holy Spirit. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God 's. I believe if God wanted us to have tattoos he could certainly have addressed that at creation. The Bible teaches us separation, christians are in the world but not of the world. We are to live and act differently than the world. We are to be different to make a differnce. The world viewpoints and standards due not match up and are not in agreement with God 's viewpoint and standards. If an individual has gotten tattoos prior to salvation and did not have biblical knowledge and understanding so be it. I do not understand why a Bible believing Christian who possess Bible knowledge and understanding would consider the thought. I guess the bottom line is we all have free will and the Spirit of God to discern what is God honoring and that which is not.
Sharon's comment on 2014-03-31 22:00:03:
My comment is I feel that when the Bible says not to tattoo or Mark your body we shouldn 't....we should abide by the Word of God although the scripture verse is in the Old Testament on tattoos so is the Ten Commandments should we throw that out too I think not.....some people think that it 's not wrong to get tattoos our bodies are the temple of God....
Julie's comment on 2014-03-14 13:27:34:
To me it points more to cuttings or marks in your flesh for the dead for instance getting a butterfly tattoo isn t necessarily a sin but getting a tattoo of a scull or perhaps the name of someone who s dead it just seems to say not to glorify death by marking up your body
Graham's comment on 2014-03-02 11:45:31:
If we are not allowed to tattoo ourselves we are not allowed to cut our hair round or shave our beards we are also not allowed to eat medium rare meat and not be allowed to eat fruit that hasn t been cultivated for 5 years This verse is taken out of context one too many times
BRICA's comment on 2014-02-24 10:35:03:
Well I am a Christain and I do go by the bible most definitely and I have sinned and not perfect at all I am a faithful Christian but I am also human I have 6 tattoos and I just read Leviticus and I have decided not to get anymore tattoos I do not feel as if I will go to hell for my tattoos but now I know what the bible says and I am held responsible now I will not jidge anyone because we all have flaws and we all sin who are we to judge just because we have no idea of what each other have done doesnt give anyone the right to be hateful and pretend they are perfect The lord loves each and everyone of us whether we have tatts or not it is up to us to love him the way he deserves to be loved I do not idol any tatt I have on my body I got Jesus tatted on me also this still doesnt make it right but know I know I love the lord Jesus with every bone I have in my body and having tatts does not change that to all be blessed
Elly's comment on 2014-02-18 19:00:04:
I have some I also been down a wrong path for a wile ago but i never felt so ashamed or so guilty as when i put the initials of another man on my body I look at it every day ashamed because it felt unclean as if i marked my body for a worldly thing I will never do that again and will one day get it removed when i can but I dont feel that way about my other tattoos they didn t have that meaning they were pretty in my eyes I didnt get a tattoo in worship or appreciation to anyone or anything else or because someone told me to I cant say I m right about everything but I wouldn t called it cowardice or being tough as some people have said I think that it was simply excepted overtime as just something that was done tho I cant be for sure and thus the meaning changed over time It brings me to piercing we wear earrings all the time but in the Bible it shows that at some point earrings were a sign of slavery and this is why im so curious about the meaning of a tattoo vs a mark because there are other times they wore earnings for self purposes
Precious Peters's comment on 2014-02-05 17:46:38:
well am so happy that God is always there during my naive days wen I wanted 2 have a tattoo and also pierce my nose. is as simple as anything God is against tattoo but if you already have go for deliverance and denounce the spirit of tattoo.
Sara's comment on 2014-01-30 23:46:08:
My comment is for '' the cop of 17 years'' Ernie's comment on 2013-10-07 11:17:55: while you are right tattoos is forbidden in the bible, you are way out of line by saying only individuals from prison get tatts. Negative my friend, I know probation officers and law enforcement officials who have tattoos, including myself. You are stereotyping and that is against code of ethics and the law. So if you were a cop for so long, why didn't you know this. I think Sean is dead on.
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