Leviticus 19:1-37 NIV
‘Be Holy Because I, The LORD your GOD, AM Holy.
3“ ‘Each of you must respect your mother and father,
and you must observe My Sabbaths.
I AM The LORD your GOD.
4“ ‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I AM The LORD your GOD.
5“ ‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering To The LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. 6It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up. 7If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted. 8Whoever eats it will be held responsible because they have desecrated what is holy To The LORD; they must be cut off from their people.
9“ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I AM The LORD your GOD.
11“ ‘Do not steal.
“ ‘Do not lie.
“ ‘Do not deceive one another.
12“ ‘Do not swear falsely by My Name and so profane The Name of your GOD. I AM The LORD.
13“ ‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“ ‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
14“ ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your GOD. I AM The LORD.
15“ ‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
16“ ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
“ ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I AM The LORD.
17“ ‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
18“ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I AM The LORD.
19“ ‘Keep My Decrees.
“ ‘Do not mate different kinds of animals.
“ ‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
“ ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
20“ ‘If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment.a Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering To The LORD. 22With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him Before The LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
23“ ‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.b For three years you are to consider it forbiddenc ; it must not be eaten. 24In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise To The LORD. 25But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I AM The LORD your GOD.
26“ ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
“ ‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.
27“ ‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
28“ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I AM The LORD.
29“ ‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
30 “ ‘Observe My Sabbaths and have reverence for My Sanctuary. I AM The LORD.
31“ ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I AM The LORD your GOD.
32 “ ‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly
33“ ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I AM The LORD your GOD.
35“ ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephahd and an honest hin.e I AM The LORD your GOD, WHO Brought you Out of Egypt.
37 “ ‘Keep all My Decrees and all My Laws and follow them. I AM The LORD.’ ”
TATTOOS & THE BIBLE
WHAT ABOUT LEVITICUS 19:28?
Leviticus 19:28 is the Christian (or so-called Christian?) tattooist and tattoo-bearer's worst nightmare. The LORD plainly, clearly, strongly, and without a doubt – condemns the tattoo.
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I AM The LORD. Leviticus 19:28
Could that be any more clear?
"You shall not. . .print any marks upon you. . ."
Simple. . . Straightforward. . .Settled. .
GOD Said It. . . I Believe It. . . That Settles It. . . Right. . .? Not hardly. . .
The clear statement from The WORD of GOD Does Not settle anything for this generation of disobedient, carnal, worldy, tolerant, non-judgmental, Christians. Rather than obey GOD, they run miles and miles and miles to "justify" their open disobedience to The WORD of GOD.
How do they get around Leviticus 19:28?
Clearly, there it is. "You shall not. . .print any marks upon you. . ."
A lot of Christians when confronted with Leviticus 19:28, scream, "Hey dude, that’s not for today. Man, that’s the Old Testament. I’m under the New Testament".
Did you know that "bestiality" (sicko, perverted, sex with an animal) was ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament Levitical Law? Only in Leviticus 18:23 and Leviticus 20:15-16. Dude, only in the Old Testament Law. Does that mean a Holy GOD NOW – under the New Testament, approves of bestiality?
By the way, have you ever read Leviticus 19:29? The verse immediately AFTER the "it’s not for me" Leviticus 19:28?
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. Leviticus 19:29
This is the only place in the Bible that GOD Directly Forbids someone to prostitute their daughter. And since, it’s ONLY in the Old Testament Levitical Law (and "hey, dude, we’re NOT under the law") – it MUST be ok by The LORD for a parent to cause their daughter to prostitute.
Same sick, perverted, wicked, line of reasoning as the "it’s ONLY in the Old Testament-tattoo-bearer-wearer". Same reasoning. . . Same disobedience. . . Same perversion of The WORD of GOD.
There are many other "moral laws’ that are ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament, such as the human sacrifice of children. Nowhere in the New Testament is this forbidden. Does that mean that NOW under the New Testament, GOD ALMIGHTY Endorses throwing babies into the fire as a human sacrifice?
And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the Name of thy GOD: I AM The LORD. Leviticus 18:21
Matthew Henry’s Commentary at the beginning of Leviticus 19 explains that most of Leviticus 19 (such as verse 19:28) are moral commandments that applies not only for Israel but for the New Testament Christian today.
"Some ceremonial precepts there are in this chapter, but most of them are moral. . . Most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are expositions of most of the ten commandments."
(Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Leviticus 19:28)