Leviticus 19:28

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Leviticus 19:28

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

Bible Commentary for Leviticus 19:28

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 19:28


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|.


Discussion for Leviticus 19:28

  • Joshua on Leviticus 19:28
    Unlike others I have not come to debate. I find it strange and noteworthy that the passage describes a custom that was so obscure for so long that we use a Polynesian loanword to describe it. But look to the old King James where it could also mean do not draw on your body with ink that will wash off. Here I must trust the translator's insight.
  • Coretta - in Reply on Leviticus 19:28
    When did god restore the wearing of jewelry to his

    people isreal?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Leviticus 19:28
    The Bride gets a gift at engagement. Other than that I have not run across it.
  • Deast on Leviticus 19:28
    God created us in His image. He might not recognize us when he returns for his children. I don 't like tatoos, but were we created with makeup, short hair,jewlery, etc. We are all in a sinful world in need of repentance, but Gods Grace is sufficient. Do you eat shrimp? lobster, catfish? God forbid some of those things in His Wor. d, but it was because they weren 't good for your body. Jesus paid the price for our sins, and we do sin every day. Why do we do the things we would not, and not do the things we should. We need forgiveness every day. Pray God 's guidence in all you do, and IF you feel convicted of anything, just don 't do it again. The Holy Spirit convicts us, and we shouldn 't do it.God is a merciful God and forgives our sins. He paid the price, and said, IT IS FINISHED!!!
  • Erika on Leviticus 19:28
    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 on Leviticus 19:28
    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.
  • Aggeliki on Leviticus 19:28
    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 on Leviticus 19:28
    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...
  • 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 on Leviticus 19:28
    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.


 

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