Leviticus 20:9

9 “ ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.

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Leviticus 20:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
ESV
9 For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.
NLT
9 “Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.
MSG
9 "Any and every person who curses his father or mother must be put to death. By cursing his father or mother he is responsible for his own death.
CSB
9 "If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother; his blood is on his own hands.

Leviticus 20:9 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 20:9

For everyone that curseth his father or his mother
Here begins the account of the penalties annexed to the several laws in the preceding chapter; and that respecting the fear and honour of parents being the first, ( Leviticus 19:3 ) , is here begun with:

shall surely be put to death;
the Targum of Jonathan adds,

``by casting of stones,''

stoning being the punishment of such transgressors:

he hath cursed his father or his mother:
to do either is his sin, and a capital crime it is:

his blood [shall be] upon him:
he shall be guilty of death, be condemned unto it, and punished with it, namely, by stoning; for, as Jarchi observes, wherever it is, "his blood [shall be] on him", or "their blood shall be on them", it is to be understood of stoning.

Leviticus 20:9 In-Context

7 “ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.
8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
9 “ ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.
10 “ ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.
11 “ ‘If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Exodus 20:12; Jeremiah 35:16; Malachi 1:6; Malachi 2:10
  • 2. S Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 27:16; Ezekiel 22:7
  • 3. Exodus 21:17; Deuteronomy 21:20-21; Matthew 15:4*; Mark 7:10*
  • 4. ver 11; Deuteronomy 22:30; Joshua 2:19; 2 Samuel 1:16; 2 Samuel 3:29; 1 Kings 2:37; Ezekiel 18:13; Ezekiel 33:4,5
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