Molech

Molech (Moh´lek)

The epithet of a deity to whom children were offered as sacrifices. Children were dedicated (“passed over”) and burned to Molech at the Tophet in the Valley of Hinnom near Jerusalem. This practice with specific mention of Molech is found in only four passages (Lev 18:21; Lev 20:2-5; 2Kgs 23:10; Jer 32:35). But this type of offering without mention of Molech is found abundantly elsewhere (Deut 12:31; Deut 18:10; 2Kgs 16:3; 2Kgs 17:17; 2Kgs 17:31; 2Kgs 21:6; Jer 7:31; Jer 19:5; Ezek 16:21; Ezek 20:26; Ezek 20:31; Ezek 23:37; 2Chr 28:8; 2Chr 33:6).

Lev 18:21

21You shall not give any of your offspring to sacrifice them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

Lev 20:2-5

2Say further to the people of Israel:
Any of the people of Israel, or of the aliens who reside in Israel, who give any of their offspring to Molech shall be put ... View more

2Kgs 23:10

10He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of Ben-hinnom, so that no one would make a son or a daughter pass through fire as an offering to Molech.

Jer 32:35

35They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did ... 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 18:10

10No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer,

2Kgs 16:3

3but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even made his son pass through fire, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom the Lord dro ... View more

2Kgs 17:17

17They made their sons and their daughters pass through fire; they used divination and augury; and they sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, pro ... View more

2Kgs 17:31

31the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

2Kgs 21:6

6He made his son pass through fire; he practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, pro ... View more

Jer 7:31

31And they go on building the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire—which I did ... View more

Jer 19:5

5and gone on building the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it enter ... View more

Ezek 16:21

21You slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering to them.

Ezek 20:26

26I defiled them through their very gifts, in their offering up all their firstborn, in order that I might horrify them, so that they might know that I am the L ... View more

Ezek 20:31

31When you offer your gifts and make your children pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be consulted by you ... View more

Ezek 23:37

37For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands; with their idols they have committed adultery; and they have even offered up to them for food t ... View more

2Chr 28:8

Intervention of Oded
8The people of Israel took captive two hundred thousand of their kin, women, sons, and daughters; they also took much booty from them and b ... View more

2Chr 33:6

6He made his son pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom, practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He ... View more

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