Deuteronomy 18:9

Abominable Practices

9 "When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, 1you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.

Deuteronomy 18:9 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 18:9

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth
thee
The land of Canaan, often thus described, to express the goodness of God in bestowing it on them, as a mere favour of his, without any desert of theirs; and so typical of the heavenly Canaan, or eternal life, which is the free gift of God through Christ:

thou shall not learn to do after the abominations of these nations;
the seven nations which before inhabited it; they might learn, as Jarchi observes, to know how corrupt their works were, and to show to their children, that they might not do so; but they were not to learn them so as to practise them, but to have them in the utmost abhorrence, as being abominable to God, and which should be so to them; some of which are as follow.

Deuteronomy 18:9 In-Context

7 and ministers in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand to minister there before the LORD,
8 then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.
9 "When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Deuteronomy 12:29-31; See Leviticus 18:26-30