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Go to Bible: Leviticus 24
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“the veil of the Testimony.” The “veil of the Testimony” was the curtain that hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, where the ark of the covenant was. The ark of the covenant was sometimes called “the Testimony” because it contained the tablets with the Ten Commandments, which Israel vowed to obey and thus they were a “testimony” to what Israel had committed themselves to.

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“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).

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.

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. The Bible commands that murderers be put to death. [For more on the death penalty, see commentary on Exod. 21:12].


Additional resources:

Video expand/contractWhat does the Bible say about the Death Penalty? (Part 1) (12:24) (Pub: 2012-10-11)

This teaching invites the listener to consider what the Bible says about national “self-defense,” personal self-defense, and social self-defense as it explores God’s perspective regarding the death penalty.

Verses: Gen. 9:6; Exod. 20:13; 21:12, 14; Lev. 24:17; Num. 35:16; Deut. 19:11-13; 1 Tim. 1:8

Teacher: John Schoenheit

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Video expand/contractWhat does the Bible say about the Death Penalty? (Part 2) (11:44) (Pub: 2012-10-12)

God affirms the value of life by commanding the death penalty in Mosaic Law. Evil needs to be purged out of society in order to keep godly people safe. Some scriptures have clear instruction about crime and consequences, while others require understanding the context. Ultimately, it is God’s perfect love and our obedience to His commandments that promote a healthy and safe society.

Verses: Deut.19:18-19; Eccles. 8:11; Matt 7:1, 5, 24; 26:52; Luke 6:29; 22:36; Lam. 3:30; John 16:10; 14:15

Teacher: John Schoenheit

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“He who kills an animal is to make restitution.” This verse settles an issue that has come up in these modern times. There are environmentalists who state that animals are just as important as humankind. That is not what the Bible says. Animals are not made in the image of God, and many of them are specifically stated to be a source of food (cp. Gen. 9:3) and of domestic blessings. Biblically, the life of an animal is not valued as highly as the life of a human being. [For more on the death penalty, see commentary on Exod. 21:12].

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