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Leviticus 19:27-28

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19:27 You must not round off the corners of the hair on your head or ruin the corners of your beard. 1  19:28 You must not slash your body for a dead person 2  or incise a tattoo on yourself. 3  I am the Lord.

1 tc Heb “and you [singular] shall not ruin the corner of your [singular] beard.” Smr, LXX, Syriac, and Tg. Ps.-J. have the plural pronouns (i.e., “you” and “your” plural) rather than the singular of the MT.

2 tn Heb “And slash for the soul you shall not give.” The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “soul, person, life”) can sometimes refer to a “dead person” (cf. Lev 21:1, 5; 22:5). See J. E. Hartley, Leviticus (WBC), 306, 320-21.

3 tn Heb “and a writing of incision you shall not give in you.”



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