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For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:44 be holy. This is the first of four commands in Leviticus to be holy, because God is holy. This command is repeated and applied in I Peter 1:15,16. The basic reason for all the injunctions and restrictions imposed on the children of Israel in Leviticus is the goal of establishing them as a nation that was different from other nations and wholly separated to God.

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