Leviticus 18

1 And the Lorde talked with Moses saynge:
2 speake vnto the childern of Israel, ad saye vnto them, I am the Lorde youre God
3 Wherfore after the doynges of the land of Egipte wherein ye dwelt, se that ye doo not: nether after the doynges of the lande of Canaan, whether I will bringe you, nether walke ye in their ordinaunces,
4 but doo after my iudgemetes, and kepe myne ordynaunces, to walke therein: for I am the Lorde youre God.
5 Kepe therfore myne ordinaunces, ad my iudgemetes whiche yf a man doo he shall lyue thereby: for I am the Lorde.
6 Se that ye goo to none of youre nyghest kynred for to vncouer their secrettes, for I am the Lorde.
7 The secrettes of thy father and thy mother, se thou vnheale not: she is thy mother, therfore shalt thou not discouer hir secrettes.
8 The secrettes of thy fathers wife shalt thou not discouer, for they are thy fathers secrettes.
9 Thou shalt not discouer the preuyte of thy syster, the doughter of thy father or of thy mother: whether she be borne at home or without.
10 Thou shalt not discouer the secrettes of thy sonnes doughter or thy doughters doughter, for that is thyne awne preuyte:
11 Thou shalt not discouer the secrettes of thy fathers wyues doughter, which she bare to thy father, for she is thy suster: thou shalt therfore not discouer hir secrettes.
12 Thou shalt not vncouer the secrettes off thy fathers syster, for she is thy fathers nexte kyn.
13 Thou shalt not dyscouer the secrettes off thy mothers syster, for she is thy mothers nexte kyn.
14 Thou shalt not open the secrettes of thy fathers brother: that is thou shalt not goo in to his wife, for she is thyne awnte.
15 Thou shalt not discouer the secrettes of thy doughter in lawe she is thy sonnes wyfe: therfore vncouer not hir secrettes.
16 Thou shalt not vnheale the secrettes of thy brothers wife, for that is thy brothers preuyte.
17 Thou shalt not discouer the preuytes of the wife ad hir doughter also, nether shalt thou take hir sonnes doughter or hir doughters doughter to vncouer their secrettes: they are hir nexte kyn, it were therfore wikydnesse.
18 Thou shalt not take a wife and hir sister thereto, to vexe hir that thou woldest open hir secrettes as longe as she lyueth.
19 Thou shalt not goo vnto a woman to open hir secrettes, as longe as she is put aparte for hir vnclennesse.
20 Thou shalt not lye with thy neghbours wife, to defyle thi selfe with her.
21 Thou shalt not geue of thi seed to offer it vnto Moloch, that thou defile not the name of thi God, for I am the Lorde.
22 Thou shalt not lye with mankynde as with womankynde, for that is abominacion.
23 Thou shalt lye with no maner of beeste to defile thy selfe therewith, nether shall any woman stonde before a beest to lye doune thereto, for that is abhominacion.
24 Defile not youre selues in any of these thinges, for with all these thinges are these nacions defiled whiche I cast out before you:
25 and the lande is defiled, and I will visett the wykednesse thereof apon it. and the lande shal spewe out hir inhabiters.
26 Kepe ye therfore myne ordinaunces and iudgementes, and se that ye commytt none of these abominacions: nether any of you nor ony straunger that soiourneth amonge you
27 (for all these abhominacions haue the men of the lande done whiche were there before you, and the lande is defiled)
28 lest that the lande spewe you out when ye haue defiled it, as it spewed out the nacions that where there before you.
29 For whosoeuer shall comytt any of these abhominacions, the same soules that commytt them shall perish from amonge their people.
30 Therfore se that ye kepe myne ordinaunces, that ye commytt none of these abhominable customes which were commytted before you: that ye defile not youre selues therewith for I am the Lorde youre God.

Leviticus 18 Commentary

Chapter 18

Unlawful marriages and fleshly lusts.

- Here is a law against all conformity to the corrupt usages of the heathen. Also laws against incest, against brutal lusts, and barbarous idolatries; and the enforcement of these laws from the ruin of the Canaanites. God here gives moral precepts. Close and constant adherence to God's ordinances is the most effectual preservative from gross sin. The grace of God only will secure us; that grace is to be expected only in the use of the means of grace. Nor does He ever leave any to their hearts' lusts, till they have left him and his services.

Chapter Summary


In this chapter the Israelites are directed in general not to imitate the customs and practices of the Egyptians and Canaanites, but to keep the ordinances, statutes, and judgments of the Lord, Le 18:1-5; and they are instructed particularly to avoid incestuous marriages, Le 18:6-18; carnal copulation with a menstruous woman, Le 18:19; adultery, Le 18:20; letting any of their seed pass through the fire to Molech, Le 18:21; sodomy, Le 18:22; and bestiality, Le 18:23; and they are deterred from these things by observing to them the pollution and destruction which they brought on the inhabitants of Canaan, and would bring the same on them should they commit them, Le 18:24-30.

Leviticus 18 Commentaries

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