Leviticus 24:15

15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible;

Leviticus 24:15 in Other Translations

15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.
15 And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.
15 Say to the people of Israel: Those who curse their God will be punished for their sin.
15 Then tell the Israelites, Anyone who curses God will be held accountable;
15 And tell the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he will bear the consequences of his sin.

Leviticus 24:15 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 24:15

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel
On this occasion, and gave them some laws and rules concerning the above affair, and other things: saying, whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin;
which some understand of anyone of another nation, that cursed the God he used to serve in his own country; but it can hardly be thought that a law should be made by the one only living and true God, to preserve the honour and credit of false gods, when he is so jealous of his own glory; and those are spoken of in Scripture with the greatest contempt, as dunghill deities, and are actually cursed, ( Jeremiah 10:11 ) ; but they are rather to be interpreted of judges and all civil magistrates, who, as Aben Ezra observes, are sometimes called Elohim or gods, ( Psalms 82:1 Psalms 82:6 ) ; and the rather, as it is probable this man had cursed his judges, and so this is a distinct sin from what follows; and not only the manner of expressing it, but the punishment of it, seem to be different; for the phrase, "to bear his sin", is used where the punishment is not expressly declared, and is by Jarchi and others interpreted of cutting off from his people, but in what way is not certain; whereas the punishment of a blasphemer of God is before and after clearly expressed; see ( Leviticus 20:19 ) .

Leviticus 24:15 In-Context

13 Then the LORD said to Moses:
14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.
15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible;
16 anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.
17 “ ‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.

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