Leviticus 19:2

2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

Leviticus 19:2 in Other Translations

KJV
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.
ESV
2 "Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
NLT
2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
MSG
2 "Speak to the congregation of Israel. Tell them: Be holy because I, God, your God, am holy.
CSB
2 "Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

Leviticus 19:2 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 19:2

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel
They could not be all spoke to together, but tribe after tribe, or family after family; or rather the heads of the tribes, and at most the heads of families were convened, and the following instructions were given, to be communicated to their respective tribes and families. Jarchi says this section was spoken in the congregation, because the greater part of the body of the law, or the more substantial parts of it, depend upon it; and indeed all the ten commandments are included in it, with various other laws, both judicial and ceremonial. Aben Ezra remarks, that all the congregation are spoken to, to include the proselytes, because they had been warned of incests, as the Israelites, in the preceding chapter, (See Gill on Leviticus 18:26); and say unto them, ye shall be holy:
a separate people from all others, abstaining from all the impurity and idolatry they are cautioned against in the foregoing chapter, and observing the holy precepts expressed in this: for I the Lord your God [am] holy;
in his nature, essence, originally, independently, immutably, and perfectly; and the more holy they were, the more like they would be to him; (See Gill on Leviticus 11:44) and (See Gill on Leviticus 11:45); where the same words are used, after the laws given about creatures clean and unclean to be eaten, as here, after those about impure copulations and incests.

Leviticus 19:2 In-Context

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Numbers 14:5; Psalms 68:26
  • 2. S Exodus 20:2
  • 3. S Exodus 15:11; 1 Peter 1:16*; S Leviticus 11:44; S Leviticus 20:26