abomination

abomination

Something contrary to proper religion. The Hebrew term recurring in (Lev 11) designates “unclean” creatures that are not to be eaten. Two other Hebrew terms typically refer to foreign gods, their images, or related worship practices (e.g., Deut 27:15; Deut 29:17), NRSV: “detestable things,” NIV: “detestable images”; (1Kgs 11:7; 2Kgs 23:13). They also denote improper ways of worshiping God (Deut 12:31; Deut 17:1) and wicked or unlawful conduct (Lev 18:22; Deut 22:5; Prov 20:23).

Lev 11

Clean and Unclean Foods
1The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them:2Speak to the people of Israel, saying:
From among all the land animals, these are th ... View more

Deut 27:15

15“Cursed be anyone who makes an idol or casts an image, anything abhorrent to the Lord, the work of an artisan, and sets it up in secret.” All the people shall ... View more

Deut 29:17

17You have seen their detestable things, the filthy idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, that were among them.

1Kgs 11:7

7Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.

2Kgs 23:13

13The king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Astarte the ... View more

Deut 12:31

31You must not do the same for the Lord your God, because every abhorrent thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods. They would even burn their so ... View more

Deut 17:1

1You must not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has a defect, anything seriously wrong; for that is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Lev 18:22

22You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Deut 22:5

5A woman shall not wear a man's apparel, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whoever does such things is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Prov 20:23

23Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.

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