Leviticus 18:24
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New International Version
"'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

New Living Translation
"Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for the people I am driving out before you have defiled themselves in all these ways.

English Standard Version
“Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean,

New American Standard Bible
'Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.

King James Bible
Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not defile yourselves by any of these practices, for the nations I am driving out before you have defiled themselves by all these things.

International Standard Version
"You are not to defile yourselves by doing any of these things, since all of these nations that I'm casting out before you have defiled themselves this way.

NET Bible
"'Do not defile yourselves with any of these things, for the nations which I am about to drive out before you have been defiled with all these things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Do not become unclean in any of these ways. By these practices all the nations which I am forcing out of your way have become unclean.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not defile yourselves in any of these things; for in all these things the Gentiles which I cast out before you have defiled themselves;

King James 2000 Bible
Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

American King James Version
Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

American Standard Version
Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Defile not yourselves with any of these things with which all the nations have been defiled, which I will cast out before you,

Darby Bible Translation
Make not yourselves unclean in any of these things; for in all these have the nations which I am casting out before you made themselves unclean.

English Revised Version
Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you:

Webster's Bible Translation
Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things; for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

World English Bible
"'Don't defile yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations which I am casting out before you were defiled.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye are not defiled with all these, for with all these have the nations been defiled which I am sending away from before you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-30 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24-30. - These verses contain a warning against the sins of incest and impurity already specified. The reason why the Canaanites were east out before the Israelites was that they were defiled in all these things,... and the land was defiled by them. God visited the iniquity of these debased races, and the land itself vomited out her inhabitants on account of their abominations. The fate of the Canaanites was therefore a witness to them of what would be their fate if they did like them. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things.... Ye shall not commit any of these abominations,... that the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it. Special penalties are appointed for particular sins further on. Here there are but two punishments denounced, one for individual sinners, the other national. The individual sinner is to be cut off from the nation by excommunication, For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. The nation, if it does not thus purify itself by cutting off from itself the authors of these corruptions, is to perish like the Canaanites. The words vomiteth (verse 25) and spued out (verse 28) are in that tense of the Hebrew verb which is generally called by grammarians a preterite, but this tense does not necessarily imply a past time; the time referred to depends on the context. The previous verbs, "I cast out," "I do visit," being present in sense, the two verbs, "vomiteth out (her inhabitants)," and "spued out (the nations that were before you)," are present also (see Introduction).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things,.... In incestuous copulations and marriages, in adultery, corporeal and spiritual, and bestiality:

for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you; that is, the seven nations of the land of Canaan, which God was about to eject out of their land to make room for the Israelites, and that on account of the above shocking vices which abounded among them; so that in some sense the land they dwelt upon was defiled by them, and called for vengeance on them, as even loathing its inhabitants, as afterwards suggested.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. Defile not yourselves in any of these things—In the preceding verses seventeen express cases of incest are enumerated; comprehending eleven of affinity [Le 18:7-16], and six of consanguinity [Le 18:17-20], together with some criminal enormities of an aggravated and unnatural character. In such prohibitions it was necessary for the instruction of a people low in the scale of moral perception, that the enumeration should be very specific as well as minute; and then, on completing it, the divine lawgiver announces his own views of these crimes, without any exception or modification, in the remarkable terms employed in this verse.

in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you, &c.—Ancient history gives many appalling proofs that the enormous vices described in this chapter were very prevalent, nay, were regularly practised from religious motives in the temples of Egypt and the groves of Canaan; and it was these gigantic social disorders that occasioned the expulsion, of which the Israelites were, in the hands of a righteous and retributive Providence, the appointed instruments (Ge 15:16). The strongly figurative language of "the land itself vomiting out her inhabitants" [Le 18:25], shows the hopeless depth of their moral corruption.

Leviticus 18:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unlawful Sexual Relations
23'Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24'Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. 25'For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:16
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."

Leviticus 18:3
You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.

Numbers 35:34
Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.'"

Deuteronomy 9:4
After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, "The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness." No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you.

Deuteronomy 18:12
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.

1 Kings 9:7
then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

Ezra 9:1
After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, "The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Psalm 106:39
They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
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Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

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