Leviticus 17:7

Overview - Leviticus 17
The blood of all slain beasts must be offered to the Lord at the door of the tabernacle.
They must not offer to devils.
10 All eating of blood is forbidden;
15 and of all that dies by itself, or is torn.
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Leviticus 17:7  (King James Version)
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
 


unto devils
Deuteronomy 32:17 ; 2 Chronicles 11:15 ; Psalms 106:37 ; John 12:31 ; 14:30 1 Corinthians 10:20
2 Corinthians 4:4 ; Ephesians 2:2 ; Revelation 9:20

devils
{Seirim,} properly signifies hairy or hairy ones; and hence is used not only for he-goats, but also for some fabulous beings or sylvan gods, to whom was ascribed the form of goats. Maimonides says that the Zabian idolaters worshipped demons under the form of goats; and that this custom being spread among other nations, gave occasion to this precept. He-goats, however, are probably intended here, which were objects of divine honour among the Egyptians under the name of honour among the Egyptians under the name of Mendes. Herodotus says that all goats were worshipped in Egypt; but particularly he-goats. From these seem to have sprung Pan, Silenus, and the innumerable herd of those imaginary beings, fauns, satyrs, dryads, etc., all woodland gods, and held in veneration by the Greeks and Romans.

gone a whoring
Though this phrase is equivalent, in Scripture, to that of committing idolatry, yet it is to be taken sometimes in a literal sense. Baalpeor and Ashtaroth were worshipped with obscene rite; and public prostitution formed a great part of the worship among the Egyptians, Moabites, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans.
20:5 Exodus 34:15 ; Deuteronomy 31:16 ; Jeremiah 3:1 ; Ezekiel 23:8 ; Revelation 17:1-5
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