Leviticus
Chapter 24

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1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

3 Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.

4 He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.

5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.

6 And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD.

7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

8 Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

9 And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.

10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.

13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

14 Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

18 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

20 Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

21 And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

23 And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Commentary for Leviticus 24

Oil for the lamps, The shew-bread. (1-9) The law of blasphemy, blasphemer is stoned. (10-23)1-9 The loaves of bread typify Christ as the Bread of life, and the food of the souls of his people. He is the Light of his church, the Light of the world; in and through his word this light shines. By this light we discern the food prepared for our souls; and we should daily, but especially from sabbath to sabbath, feed thereon in our hearts with thanksgiving. And as the loaves were left in the sanctuary, so should we abide with God till he dismiss us.

10-23 This offender was the son of an Egyptian father, and an Israelitish mother. The notice of his parents shows the common ill effect of mixed marriages. A standing law for the stoning of blasphemers was made upon this occasion. Great stress is laid upon this law. It extends to the strangers among them, as well as to those born in the land. Strangers, as well as native Israelites, should be entitled to the benefit of the law, so as not to suffer wrong; and should be liable to the penalty of this law, in case they did wrong. If those who profane the name of God escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgments. What enmity against God must be in the heart of man, when blasphemies against God proceed out of his mouth. If he that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy, who despise and abuse the gospel of the Son of God! Let us watch against anger, do no evil, avoid all connexions with wicked people, and reverence that holy name which sinners blaspheme.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 24

  • A disciple
    yara; The Commandment is, Thou shalt not commit murder: the punishment for crimes that demand the death penalty is not murder. Putting to death a person who commits murder is not murder; but righteous judgment. It is written in the Law of the Lord, that when someone raises a false witness against an innocent man to do him evil that the thing he thought to do shall be done to himself, without pity.
  • Yara
    thou shalt not kill got thrown right out the window.
  • Irene123
    To Geri on v. 16 - if stoning to death was only 'spiritual', I'd really like to know how they 'spiritually killed someone? God's word gives PLAIN instructions on EVERY action taken and performed in HIS name - so where are the instructions for the spiritual stoning?
  • Remember the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. Seek our Father and through His Son continually so your oil will be plentiful and your lamp will burn bright.
  • Put to death and stoning is in the spiritual sense confirmed by the very next verse when the Father warns that those that kill any man will also be put to death: 16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.
  • Bernice Burey for verse 10
    This is a picture, in type of the nation of Israel itself represented by the son of the Israelitish woman Who would seek to kill the true man of Israel the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Rev. Malsbary
    In answer to James ' question "bible verses Leviticus 19 and 24 encourages eye for an eye why would God who is all loving and just be advocating this ". It is to show that evil sin must be punished and that no one is exempt from paying for their sin. Although through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour that we are not bound to the Old Testament punishment and that by asking for Christ 's forgiveness of our sin we are absolved of them.
  • bible verses Leviticus 19 and 24 encourages eye for an eye why would God who is all loving and just be advocating this

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Bible Trivia

During the time of Moses, how were blasphemers punished?
  • Crucified
  • Burned
  • Banished
  • Stoned