Leviticus 19-20 contains the Bible's description of what holiness looks like. The passage begins with the words, "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy'." "You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another" (Leviticus 19:11).
In the story of the ten lepers, the gratitude of the Samaritan is supposed to deliver a shock and illustrate just how inappropriate ingratitude is for Jewish people. If a Samaritan knows enough to express appropriate gratitude to God for a miraculous healing, how much more so should the Jewish people do the same?
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