Chapter 19

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1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.

6 It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.

7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.

8 Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.

10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

20 And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.

21 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering.

22 And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.

23 And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.

24 But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal.

25 And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.

26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.

27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

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

29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.

34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.

36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.

37 Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.

Commentary for Leviticus 19


- There are some ceremonial precepts in this chapter, but most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are explanations of the ten commandments. It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God, ver. #2|. To teach real separation from the world and the flesh, and entire devotedness to God. This is now the law of Christ; may the Lord bring every thought within us into obedience to it! Children are to be obedient to their parents, ver. #3|. The fear here required includes inward reverence and esteem, outward respect and obedience, care to please them and to make them easy. God only is to be worshipped, ver. #4|. Turn not from the true God to false ones, from the God who will make you holy and happy, to those that will deceive you, and make you for ever miserable. Turn not your eyes to them, much less your heart. They should leave the gleanings of their harvest and vintage for the poor, ver. #9|. Works of piety must be always attended with works of charity, according to our ability. We must not be covetous, griping, and greedy of every thing we can lay claim to, nor insist upon our right in all things. We are to be honest and true in all our dealings, ver. #11|. Whatever we have in the world, we must see that we get it honestly, for we cannot be truly rich, or long rich, with that which is not so. Reverence to the sacred name of God must be shown, ver. #12|. We must not detain what belongs to another, particularly the wages of the hireling, ver. #13|. We must be tender of the credit and safety of those that cannot help themselves, ver. #14|. Do no hurt to any, because they are unwilling or unable to avenge themselves. We ought to take heed of doing any thing which may occasion our weak brother to fall. The fear of God should keep us from doing wrong things, though they will not expose us to men's anger. Judges, and all in authority, are commanded to give judgment without partiality, ver. #15|. To be a tale-bearer, and to sow discord among neighbours, is as bad an office as a man can put himself into. We are to rebuke our neighbour in love, ver. #17|. Rather rebuke him than hate him, for an injury done to thyself. We incur guilt by not reproving; it is hating our brother. We should say, I will do him the kindness to tell him of his faults. We are to put off all malice, and to put on brotherly love, ver. #18|. We often wrong ourselves, but we soon forgive ourselves those wrongs, and they do not at all lessen our love to ourselves; in like manner we should love our neighbour. We must in many cases deny ourselves for the good of our neighbour. Ver. #31|: For Christians to have their fortunes told, to use spells and charms, or the like, is a sad affront to God. They must be grossly ignorant who ask, "What harm is there in these things?" Here is a charge to young people to show respect to the aged, ver. #32|. Religion teaches good manners, and obliges us to honour those to whom honour is due. A charge was given to the Israelites to be very tender of strangers, ver. #33|. Strangers, and the widows and fatherless, are God's particular care. It is at our peril, if we do them any wrong. Strangers shall be welcome to God's grace; we should do what we can to recommend religion to them. Justice in weights and measures is commanded, ver. #35|. We must make conscience of obeying God's precepts. We are not to pick and choose our duty, but must aim at standing complete in all the will of God. And the nearer our lives and tempers are to the precepts of God's law, the happier shall we be, and the happier shall we make all around us, and the better shall we adorn the gospel.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 19

  • Roberta MIKUS on Leviticus 19:26
    Dies the Bible day humans can eat meat?
  • Chris - in Reply on Leviticus 19:26
    Roberta, the Bible does permit us to eat meat, if we wish to. The first recorded permission to do so in found in Genesis 9:1-4. However, the caveat on that was that they were allowed to eat the flesh but not the blood. It isn't clear on that requirement - it may have later implications as the heathen used the blood of animals as part of their diet.
  • Mishael on 1 Timothy 43 - in Reply on Leviticus 19:26
    I you're not sure if Christians can EAT MEAT or GET MARRIED, then you will be much enlightened to read, 1 Timothy 4:3,

    Society will forbid people to marry, and commanding to abstain from eating meats.

    I highly recommend that you read all of 1 Timothy chapter 4, because it concerns what is happening in the last days, obviously. SOCIETY will try to dictate what people should do or not do.

    Insane stuff, like teach human anatomy and sexuality to 6 yr old small children!!! Teach homosexuality and lesbianism to public school children who have no clue what that is. Age appropriate, people!

    iF those children have attained accountability (knowing good versus evil) and they decide to jump on that bandwagon ? WHO is going to tell them that choices can send them to hell.

    Have a godly opinion about this and tell SOCIETY, through your American blood purchased right to VOTE .... Not My Child!!!

    City powers are not telling us what to do; it's the Antichrist crowd screaming for more blood. On the phone 24/7 logging in complaints. Get involved. Make your own calls.

    Selah. (Pause and think on these things)
  • Cresceen on Leviticus 19
    God is great and awesome
  • Mishael in MARK OF THE BEAST on Leviticus 19
    Reply to Mike: I pray a lot. I ask questions of the Holy Spirit. I wait in His presence for answers or scriptures pertinent to prayer. I think our prayer lives need to be deeper and our dependence on the Holy Spirit; to teach us, comfort us, calm our fears, and be willing to go deeper into the knowledge of who Jesus is in our lives. Lives that extend outward to family, friends and neighbors.

    The World.

    The Holy Spirit said years ago, that the Mark of the Beast will not be by trickery, non-disclosure by medical people, school administrators, etc.

    It will be a conscious decision by each individual; older children too.

    I was concerned when there were stories in media about people having debit implants put in their bodies. I don't know if they accepted the mark. Maybe it's a way for people to get accustomed to other ways to access their funds?

    People are kinda being wooed with methods.

    People left on earth with stock piles of food can get along temporarily,

    BUT when the One World Money system functions: I believe people will HAVE to take the Mark of Antichrist and worship him as God, to live a little while longer until the Return of Jesus Christ with His armies to defeat Antichrist, False Prophet and Satan.

    Unfortunately, people who took the Mark of the Beast, will go with them. No amount of begging will save them.

    People who refused the Mark for the testimony of Jesus Christ, will be tortured and executed. Their souls will be taken to heaven.

    People who hid out in the hills and managed to survive the Tribulation without taking the Mark, and who became Born Again, will be taken to heaven.

    My plea with everyone reading this: Make your decision now while being born again is easier. Be humble and truthful and receive forgiveness for your sins. God already knows about them. Take hold of Jesus with all your strength and find the LOVE you always longed for: a dream that becomes a reality. Never recant. Never look backwards!
  • Bob Hilt on Leviticus 19
    Someone sent this article to me and I am not saying this is the 666 mark of the beast.

    however this guy is not a Christian natural news Mike Adams

    Enzyme that will make Bill Gates' vaccine microchip implant work known as LUCIFERASE

    " Part of the plan for vaccination against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is to inject people with syringes that contain implantable "quantum dot" tattoos, which we reported are a type of microchip that would seem to constitute the Mark of the Beast. And further proof of this comes in the form of the enzyme that Bill Gates has chosen to make it all possible, which has been ominously dubbed "luciferase."

    According to reports, luciferase will activate these quantum dot "microneedles," as they are also called, effectively delivering the so-called vaccines into people's bodies. This "near infrared bioluminescence enzyme luciferase" is what will make the Gates vaccines readable through special mobile device apps that will scan the injection site and identify the "digital certificates," or proof of vaccination, that Gates and others have been publicly announcing in recent days."

    Implantable Microsoft digital ID microchip bears the patent #060606

    funny how they are pushing this
  • Chris - in Reply on Leviticus 19
    Bob, Jesse is correct. Recently, Bill Gates was interviewed about this very matter on Stephen Colbert's show. In that interview, he vehemently denied being involved in any such implant research/work. In fact, Bill laughed off such a suggestion as ridiculous & which smacked of ultra-right wing propaganda.

    However, the technology is there & so such an implant could in fact be 'ushered' in for a completely different reason. Remember, how Christians became suspicious with the introduction of the Credit Card? Many refused then, & some today I suspect, of using a 'satanic inspired medium' for business. Or, even the Bar Code we see on all our products, that all have the 666 digits evenly spaced in the code line? Nothing happened, but I see that these are all steps to more development & worse still, society's acceptance of what is 'normal, acceptable progression in the modern world'. Once accepted by society as a much needed tool for achieving a purpose, then it becomes a small matter for the Anti-Christ to use existing technology to promote his brand of despotism & control over all governments & their citizens. We have a choice now to use credit cards, the internet, & others ways for governments & others to access all the information they want about us, but the day will come, when there won't be a choice: it will be, "receive the mark & live or die as an outcast from society".
  • Jesse - in Reply on Leviticus 19
    Bob, I just checked on Snopes and it says this is a false conspiracy theory that is going around about Bill Gates. I don't know how much you trust Snopes, but they are saying this is false. I Just thought I'd share that with you.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Leviticus 19
    Jesse - snopes seems to me to be antichrist to the core. Snopes also says there is no mercury in vaccines. they do not call it mercury, since they call it Thimerosal, which is a mercury based preservative. I would post the link to the CDC website proving Thimerosal mercury, but this would not post it. Google this: cdc thimerosal

    read the article carefully. then look up mercury poisoning symptoms and then look up autism symptoms.

    Would the devil want to poison our children? Is it our job to protect them?

    Who is the father of lies?

    Snopes also says Saran Silverman never said anything offensive about being glad Jews killed Jesus.

    Yet youtube has her on stage saying exactly that. youtube search this: sarah silverman "I would kill Christ again"

    snopes is full of something and it is not truth.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Leviticus 19
    Thanks for that info Bob. Lucky for me I don't use snopes. I don't know much about snopes. I was just curious about your post that mentioned something with Lucifer in part of the name so I just did a browser search and scrolled until I saw that name and clicked it. It just so happened to be snopes. I'm not even sure why I went there. I try not to get too caught up in the things of this world. There is a lot of craziness going on and I think it causes us to get distracted, which in turn takes our minds off Christ.


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