In Leviticus 18:5, what is being promised with regard to "life"?
Is "shall live in them" another way of saying "shall live because of them"? Or "shall live in accordance with the ordinances"?
As a bit of background to my question I note that Paul seems to appeal to this verse from the LXX in a way that is unclear to me:
YLT Gal 3:11 and that in law no one is declared righteous with God, is evident, because "The righteous by faith shall live"; Gal 3:12 and the law is not by faith, but--"The man who did them shall live in them."
What does he understand this to mean?:
- that the doer will conduct himself in the keeping of the statutes?
- that the doer will escape death because of keeping the statutes?
There is no consensus among translators into English:
Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] ὁ δὲ νόμος οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκ πίστεως, ἀλλ' Ὁ ποιήσας αὐτὰ ζήσεται ἐν αὐτοῖς.
(Brenton) So ye shall keep all my ordinances, and all my judgments, and do them; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord your God.
(LXX) καὶ φυλάξεσθε πάντα τὰ προστάγματά μου καὶ πάντα τὰ κρίματά μου καὶ ποιήσετε αὐτά, ἃ ποιήσας ἄνθρωπος ζήσεται ἐν αὐτοῖς· ἐγὼ κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν.