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1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.

10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

20 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.

21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

25 Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.


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Matthew Henry's Leviticus Chapter 20 Bible commentary...

Law against sacrificing children to Moloch, Of children that curse their parents. (1-9) Laws repeated, Holiness enjoined. (10-27)1-9 Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancient idolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so. But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching and wicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which they show their children, devote them to the service of Satan, and forward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to be lamented? What an account must such parents render to God, and what a meeting will they have with their children at the day of judgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he who cursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christ confirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, and penalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices, because the law has made these practices sin, and it is right that we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them when the law has made them death, from a principle of self-preservation. In the midst of these laws comes in a general charge, Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy. It is the Lord that sanctifies, and his work will be done, though it be difficult. Yet his grace is so far from doing away our endeavours, that it strongly encourages them. Work out your salvation, for it is God that worketh in you.

10-27 These verses repeat what had been said before, but it was needful there should be line upon line. What praises we owe to God that he has taught the evil of sin, and the sure way of deliverance from it! May we have grace to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things; may we have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.


Recent Comments for Leviticus Chapter 20...


Delray's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 4/14/2014, 1:30pm...

As a Christian struggling with this particular sin, I STAND for God 's word. He says what He means He means what He says!!! POINT BLANK


CARL's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment on 3/24/2014, 10:41pm...

GOD gave us ... his commands ... GOD does not change ... man wants to justify his sin ... Yes, God loves the sinner ...but being an abomination ... remains then ... as now ... Hell, was meant for the Devil ... but that is the destination of those ... who live the abomination ... GOD seeks all men ... those who come to Jesus ... repent ... and walk away from their sin ... God may forgive ... to join God 's family ... Heaven is the destination ... but abomination remains abomination as far as GOD is concerned ... No one is "born " such ... a choice to sin against God yourself ... is the Reality. There IS a way that seems right to man ... that leads to death and Hell. You may buy Satan 's lies ... but the choice is still yours ...


Keith maggard's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 2/28/2014, 11:39pm...

I do believe it is a sin but so are so many things we all do Jesus instructed us to love even our enemies I don t think they are my enemy as a matter of fact some have been my friends there is a fraise that has been going around lately that says don t hate me because I sin differently than you do I believe that God views all sin the same and it all needs to be forgiven Jesus said your sins are forgiven go sin no more no I don t hate or even dislike a gay person but if you ask me do I think it is a sin I won t lie to you to protect your feelings


Ernest White's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 2/26/2014, 2:52pm...



Lloyd's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 1/15/2014, 3:38am...

Behold, old things shall pass away".......... This is a new era........ Preach the Gospel of the New Testament ' Christ '


BroadwayErik's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 1/11/2014, 11:00am...

You can interpret this any way you feel. The only fact of it is that the Old Testament was written by the ancient Israelites thousands of years ago, in a society extremely different from ours. It is easy to take this verse out of context and manipulate it to your liking. Would not you be better off studying the history of the Old Testement and try and analyze what they were ACTUALLY talking about? just a thought.


Sarah's Leviticus Chapter 20 comment about verse 13 on 12/27/2013, 5:20pm...

The Old Testament is a history of tradition, the point of Jesus, and therefore chrIstianity was to bring a new way of worship and dealing with our fellow mankind. Fear based religion with fire and brimstone postulations were replaced with love and positivity, traditons were not to be considered the law. See Mark 7.1-23. Leviticus is moot.


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