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Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

19:2 Ye shall be holy. This is probably the key verse of Leviticus. The verse lists many rules that were specifically for the purpose of maintaining true holiness (that is, separation as a peculiar people unto God) in the earthly nation of Israel. The same principle is applied to the people of Christ’s church in the New Testament (see I Peter 1:15,16; 2:9).

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