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Lev 24:15

“Anyone, anyone.” “Anyone” is repeated in the Hebrew text for emphasis, but that emphasis does not occur in most English translations. The text is clear that no one is excluded from the consequences of their actions.

“who curses his God.” This could also be understood in a more general manner: “Whoever curses his god will bear his sin.” In that case, “god” could refer to other things besides the God of Israel (cp. Fox, The Schocken Bible).

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Lev 24:16

“death, yes, death...stone, yes, stone.” The Hebrew text uses the figure of speech polyptoton for emphasis (for more on the figure polyptoton and the way it is translated, see commentary on Gen. 2:16). God makes the point very clearly and powerfully: anyone who blasphemes the name of Yahweh was to be executed.

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Lev 24:17

“And if a man takes the life of any human being.” The Hebrew text is more idiomatic than the English translation reflects, and reads more like, “And if anyone strikes down the soul of a human being….” In this case, “strikes down” means “kill” and “soul” refers to the human life. The essence of the verse is “Anyone who takes another person's life must be put to death” (NLT). Modern societies have abandoned this law of God, even though He created people and ostensibly should know how to run a society. Generally, modern societies let murderers go after some prison time, or keep them alive and house, feed, clothe, and medically care for them until they die, which is often decades, and during that time they often cause much harm and danger for society. But have our “modern sensibilities” made society any better or safer? No. Instead we are a very unsafe society and have a horrible prison problem.

 

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