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44 For I, the Lord, am your God. You shall make and keep yourselves holy,[a] because I am holy.(A) You shall not make yourselves unclean, then, by any swarming creature that crawls on the ground.

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Footnotes

  1. 11:44–45 Keep yourselves holy…you shall be holy: a similar idea is expressed in 20:25–26. There, distinguishing between the animals is compared to God’s distinguishing between the peoples and choosing Israel.

Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. 19:2 Be holy, for I…am holy: in the writings commonly attributed to the Priestly collection, Israel is called to be holy through obeying God’s precepts (11:44–45; 20:7–8, 24–26; Nm 15:40–41). Cf. Dt 14:2, 21; 26:19; and Ex 19:6.

13 You must be altogether sincere with the Lord, your God.

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And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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16 for it is written, “Be holy because I [am] holy.”(A)

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Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.(A)

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