About the Scripture, "Be holy as I am also holy, says the Lord." 1.
HE WORD of God which says, "Be holy as I, the Lord your God, am holy," 2. was readjust now in the hearing of the Church. What this term "holy" means or what it may signify in the divine Scriptures must be sought more carefully so that when we have learned the force of the word we also can complete its work.
(2) Therefore, let us draw together from the divine Scriptures instances in which we find "holy" used, and discover not only persons but also mute animals that are called "holy," 3. and also find both "the vessels" of the ministry that are called "holy," 4. and the garments which are said to be "holy," 5. and even the places which were located in cities and suburbs and counted as priestly. 6. Indeed, among the mute animals it is commanded through the Law that "the first born" 7. of calves or cattle be sacrificed to the Lord, and it says, You will not do any work with them because they have been consecrated to the Lord. But about the vessels, within the Tent of Witness some vessels—"the censers" and "the cups" and others like these—are called holy "vessels." 8. About the garments, likewise, "the cape" of Aaron the high priest and "the linen tunic" and others like these are called "holy" vestments. 9.
(3) Therefore, if we would consider in what sense all these were called "holy," we shall observe also how we ought to take heed that we may be able to be holy. A firstborn calf was born____________________