Chapter 18

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1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

Commentary for Leviticus 18

Unlawful marriages and fleshly lusts.

- Here is a law against all conformity to the corrupt usages of the heathen. Also laws against incest, against brutal lusts, and barbarous idolatries; and the enforcement of these laws from the ruin of the Canaanites. God here gives moral precepts. Close and constant adherence to God's ordinances is the most effectual preservative from gross sin. The grace of God only will secure us; that grace is to be expected only in the use of the means of grace. Nor does He ever leave any to their hearts' lusts, till they have left him and his services.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 18

  • Arthur
    Wow I am not judging no one. It is the word of GOD.and it is clear. I feel so saddened that this world is in so much pain . And until this world put our LORD first it will continue to decay. LORD please show us all mercy.
  • David
    When someone focuses on 18:22 to use it as condemnation
  • Dewey J
    Leah, what you said is true it is God's Word period. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to Jehovah in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Gods Woman
    In looking at the entire 18th chapter of Leviticus, we can see that the LORD told Moses to tell his congregation to not pattern after the Egyptians in the acts of incest, **, idolatry, same- sex relations, and to lie down carnally with a neighbor 's wife for it is abomination and defilement of the land. Any person guilty of such immoral acts would be cut off. Yes, Leviticus was before Jesus ' earthly birth, but the 1st chapter, 18-32 verses of Romans were after the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. "Only YOU can prevent body fires ". As sure as the judgment is real, so is heaven and hell fire real. It 's an individual choice. The Saints of God would love to see God say to everyone, enter in, and not depart from me, for your work was of iniquity. Read St. John 3:1-7 where you must be born again, and Acts 2:38 tells you how to be born again, and lastly Romans 10:9-run and tell somebody else to repent for the Kingdom of heaven is very near. AMEN!
  • God\'s Woman for verse 22
    Humans should have dog sense. When a male dog gets in heat, he doesn 't seek out another male. The same goes for all animals. God said in Genesis that God made them male and female. It is hard for a person in darkness to understand how to walk in light until he she comes into the knowledge of God 's truths. Matt 24 and 25, in the lake of fire, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth because people fail to heed the way of holiness. It 's wrong for single people to fornicate. Does that mean that I 'm hating fornicators? People get very defensive against truth when they are guilty and don 't want to change. Same sex relationships , God hates and will judge, as He will all forms of sins.
  • It is God 's word. The son of God Jesus died for our sins so that we may repent and be forgiven. In the Heavenly Father 's eyes, this is a abomination disgust, filthy, dirty . Whether you think it is right or wrong, it is written that God finds it to his dislike. I think you could even say he hates the thought of same sex relationships. It is my opinion. For he shall be the judge in the end. God Help Us all!

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Bible Trivia

What does God forbid the Israelites to do in Leviticus 18:3?
  • Follow the customs of other nations.
  • Eat blood.
  • Touch a leper.
  • Work on the Sabbath.