And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation which I
cast out before you
Nation seems to be put for nations, for there were seven nations cast out for them; though the Canaanites may be intended, being a general name for the whole: some think the Amorites are meant, who were a principal nation, and notorious for their wickedness: hence we often meet with this phrase in Jewish writings, "the way of the Amorites", as being exceeding bad, and so to be avoided, and by no means to be walked in, ( Genesis 15:16 ) ; for they committed all these things;
were guilty of all the idolatries, incests, and uncleannesses before mentioned, and forbid under severe penalties: and therefore I abhorred them;
the sins committed by them, being so abominable and detestable: their persons, though the creatures of God, were had in abhorrence by him, and this he showed by casting them out of the land; and hereby it is suggested, that, should they, the Israelites, be guilty of the like, they also would be rejected and abhorred by him: the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan are,
``my Word abhorred them,''Christ, the eternal Word, ( Psalms 45:7 ) .