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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|.
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.
Ben's comment on 2014-01-22 18:31:10:
I find it hard to believe that people who have free will and the ability to live their lives accordingly are subject to judgement from others. First of all did or did not Noah get found drunk and naked from under a tree? Yet he was still graciously remarked by God as a lead by exanple man in human flesh and noted what he was used for, as well as the fact he was found drunk which is a sin.. We are human we make mistakes and if i decide to bite my nails or peel away a scab i am suddenly an evil sinner who is satanic? So speaking of the dead, if i have a cross tattoo on me representing my love for the ALIVE ALIMIGHTY, im a patethic sinner who has self esteem issues? What about people who are burned/marked by other people? You judge without knowing or knowing which is a self esteem issue for yourself and also hypocritical. Worry about yourself and your own. Quit trying to make things happen according to your own beliefs. Thats why we are in war
Mike's comment on 2014-01-16 14:27:16:
I will retract my statement on Tattoo's, after futher study. I think God is against tattoo's! I have a few and was blind to the truth.On another note God came for the people that are the farthest away from Him (GOD). That encompasses people with tattoo's long hair, ear rings, all sinners, etc.. So God will take you as you are!! I don't think it will send you to hell, but should be avoided. God wants all people to come to Church no matter if they have any of these things listed.Be careful, we don't want to deter anyone with these markings from attending Church!!! God sent them to Church by the power of the Holy Spirit and we should not make them feel unwanted because of these markings or appearances!There is no difference in a sin, one is not greater that the other!We must examine our own lifes to what sin we have and accept any and all that come to Church,thanks for all who have posted to this verse.
Mike's comment on 2013-12-09 15:19:16:
About piercing, look where they got the gold to make the molten calf for yourself. Hint: Your young woman and young mens earrings?It is custom related, some cultures it is fine as stated when they made the molten calf.Don't Americanize the Bible!!!!!!
Linda's comment on 2013-12-05 10:04:01:
But are we supposed to pick and choose which parts of Old Testament law we will follow and which ones we won't? I don't particularly care for tattoos anyway, would never get one, and it seems to me that people with all-over 'body art' must have some sort of mental issue that makes them want to go through that much pain, and be 'decorated' all the time. All that said, while I would love to point to this scripture and say God forbids tattoos, what about some of the other things in Leviticus that we happily ignore? The New Testament addresses some of this, and lifetime Christians ("Gentiles", in the NT) seem to have fewer restrictions than Jews who convert to Christianity. Sacrifices are no longer required, of course - Christ was THE final sacrifice for all. By His words, He also, I would argue, abolished the death penalty and 'an eye for an eye'. God is the final judge. We are to forgive out enemies (70 times 7 ring a bell?). But are tattoos or 'scarifiction' still forbidden even to Christians? I would think so, and after seeing some pretty horrifying pictures recently, even WISH so. But, still... is it up to us to judge? CAN we, as Christians, do so?
Wensis's comment on 2013-11-30 16:31:20:
Maybe i'm wrong maybe i'm right...
I have a tattoo aswel, I repented in december last year.. That means, I took my forgiveness from God in the name of Jesus, and yeah I felt the touch of God it's the most beautifull thing in life! (I'm still not near perfect, but i'm thankfull everyday)..
But this is for the people that are affraid.. Maybe you have a tattoo.. please don't worry about it.. Because what really mathers.. is the intention of you heart.. That's where the reall judgement lies.
If you did it, just keep in mind, you didn't do it in the occult or whatever meaning you can bring on it.. you did because you liked it, or you have a special meaning with the tattoo..
And for all you guys out there, Ask God Himself.. that's what the relationship with Him is all about.. And trust in Him to give you answers as he will see fit..
If you trust in the Lord Jesus, You will find everything, God has planned for us all.
Godbless everybody here, and everyone reading my opinion. In the name of yesua / Jesus ! That you all may feel the glory of God, and the knowledge of the Holy spirit!
Tiffany's comment on 2013-11-18 00:50:00:
I have a tattoo, but it is Chinese symbols. I believe hat Gods word is law. People can't judge other people. Because by the end of the day they got to answer to God not you. So, if they mark heir body that's that them,but by the end of the day you got to right with God.
Jim Lee's comment on 2013-10-30 11:56:28:
If you don't believe in Jesus & the bible,which is the word of God.Jesus Christ created everything & was in the old testament.Your going to interpret the Bible on how you want it to say & not what God is saying.This scripture says:'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)
You obey what the word of God says.If you did this to your self:Repent & don't do this anymore.God will forgive you.
And to those who love saying:Your judging me.That scripture is referring to when you stand before God on judgment day.
Nuel's comment on 2013-10-20 12:17:04:
I recently got a tattoo and its gonna be my last after reading all these comments. But can I still make heaven with this on my skin? I wanna be closer to God. Scared of the pains and I can't even afford the expenses of removal. God bless you all. Amen.
Allen's comment on 2013-10-14 10:15:15:
It Is plain and simple. Don't do it. It's what the Lord says. End of story.
Mary's comment on 2013-10-11 12:15:01:
I am of Irish descent, and have wanted to get a "trinity" tattoo for a very long time. After researching what the scriptures say about marking your body, "the temple of God" I changed my mind. Pagans have marked themselves throughout history, so I can understand GOD wanting to keep his people's bodies clean and free of markings. There are many ways of honoring your loved ones other then tattooing your body with their portrait or name.
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