18:3 After the a 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.
(a) You shall preserve yourselves from these
abominations following, which the Egyptians and Canaanites use.
18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my
statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: b
I [am] the LORD.
(b) And therefore you ought to serve me alone, as
18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near
of kin to him, to c uncover [their]
nakedness: I [am] the LORD.
(c) That is, to lie with her, though it be under
title of marriage.
18:8 The nakedness of thy
father's d wife shalt thou not
uncover: it [is] thy father's nakedness.
(d) Which is your stepmother.
18:9 The nakedness of thy e
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.
(e) Either by father or mother, born in marriage
18:10 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 f nakedness.
(f) They are her children whose shame you have
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy g
father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she [is] thine aunt.
(g) Which your uncle discovers.
18:16 Thou shalt not uncover
the nakedness of thy h brother's wife:
it [is] thy brother's nakedness.
(h) Because the idolaters, among whom God's
people had dwelt and would dwell, were given to these horrible incests, God
charges his own to beware of them.
18:18 Neither shalt thou take
a wife to her sister, to i vex [her], to
uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life [time].
(i) By seeing your affection more bent to her
sister than to her.
18:19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to
uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put k
apart for her uncleanness.
(k) Or while she has her period.
18:21 And thou shalt not let
any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to l
Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.
(l) Which was an idol of the Ammonites, to whom
they burned and sacrificed their children, (2 Kings
23:10). This seemed to be the chief and principal of all idols: and as the
Jews write, was of a great stature, and hollow within, having seven places or
chambers within him: one was to receive meal that was offered: another turtle
doves: the third, a sheep: the fourth, a ram: the fifth a calf: the sixth an
ox: the seventh a child. This idols face was like a calf: his hands were ever
stretched out to receive gifts: his priests were called Chemarims, (2 Kings
And the land is defiled: therefore I do m
visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself n
vomiteth out her inhabitants.
(m) I will punish the land where such incestuous
marriages and pollutions are tolerated.
(n) He compares the wicked to evil humours and
overeating, which corrupt the stomach, and oppress nature, and therefore must
be cast out by vomit.
That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it o
spued out the nations that [were] before you.
(o) Both for their wicked marriages, unnatural
copulations, idolatry or spiritual whoredom with Molech and such like
18:29 For whosoever shall commit any of these
abominations, even the souls that commit [them] shall p
be cut off from among their people.
(p) Either by the civil sword or by some plague
that God will send upon such.