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
(b) And therefore you ought to serve me alone, as my
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
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
(e) Either by father or mother, born in marriage or
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 uncovered.
18:14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy g father's
brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she [is]
(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
(i) By seeing your affection more bent to her sister than
18:19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her
nakedness, as long as she is put k apart for her
(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, (2Ki 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,
(2Ki 23:5, Ho 10:5, Zep 1:4).
18:25 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.
18:28 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 abominations.
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.