Biblical Principle #204: God Forbid Israel from Having Tattoos

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God forbid Israel from having tattoos.


The Law of Moses included many instructions that we find peculiar today. The outlawing of tattoos is one such example. In Leviticus it is written:

26 ‘You shall not eat upon the mountains, nor divine for omens, nor watch birds for omens. 27 You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any gashing on your bodies for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord your God. 29 Do not defile your daughter, to cause her to commit fornication, lest the land fall into fornication, and the land become full of lawlessness.

Leviticus 19:26-29 OSB

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