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Leviticus 19:8

19:8 cut off. The penalty prescribed for numerous types of sins was to be “cut off” from his people. That this did not necessarily mean “put to death” is evident from the fact that many other crimes were explicitly commanded to be punishable by death (note Leviticus 20:2,9-11,15,27, etc.). Presumably to be cut off meant some form of excommunication, or possibly banishment and exile, including being “cut off from my presence” (Leviticus 22:3).

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