Leviticus 20:4
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New International Version
If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death,

New Living Translation
And if the people of the community ignore those who offer their children to Molech and refuse to execute them,

English Standard Version
And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death,

New American Standard Bible
'If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death,

King James Bible
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if the people of the country look the other way when that man gives any of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death,

International Standard Version
If the people avoid dealing with that man when he offers his child to Molech—that is, if they fail to execute him—

NET Bible
If, however, the people of the land shut their eyes to that man when he gives some of his children to Molech so that they do not put him to death,

New Heart English Bible
If the people of the land all hide their eyes from that person, when he gives of his offspring to Molech, and do not put him to death;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the common people ignore those who give their children to Molech and do not put them to death,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if the people of the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and put him not to death;

New American Standard 1977
‘If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if the people of the land should hide their eyes from the man, when he gives of his seed unto Molech, to not kill him,

King James 2000 Bible
And if the people of the land do in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives of his children unto Molech, and kill him not:

American King James Version
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he gives of his seed to Molech, and kill him not:

American Standard Version
And if the people at the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and put him not to death;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if the people of the land neglecting, and as it were little regarding my commandment, let alone the man that hath given of his seed to Moloch, and will not kill him:

Darby Bible Translation
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from that man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, that they kill him not,

English Revised Version
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from that man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and put him not to death:

Webster's Bible Translation
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed to Molech, and kill him not;

World English Bible
If the people of the land all hide their eyes from that person, when he gives of his seed to Molech, and don't put him to death;

Young's Literal Translation
'And if the people of the land really hide their eyes from that man, in his giving of his seed to the Molech, so as not to put him to death,
Study Bible
Punishments for Disobedience
3'I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name. 4If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, 5then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.…
Cross References
Leviticus 20:3
'I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name.

Leviticus 20:5
then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.
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(4) And if the people of the land . . . --In the former verse the Legislator treated of cases where there was insufficient evidence. Here he declares what God would do if the community itself, whose duty it is to execute the sentence, either from culpable indifference or criminal sympathy with the sin, connive at it.

Verses 4, 5. - There is to be no connivance with Molech-worship. The penalty is death, and is to be carried out by the proper tribunals, whose business it was to see that the stoning took place. So in Deuteronomy the duty of killing those who entice to idolatry is laid down. "Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shall thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: but thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people" (Deuteronomy 13:8, 9). In the case of Molech-worship God declares that, if the tribunals of the nation fail to adjudge the penalty of death to the offender, he will himself lake the matter into his hands, and cut him off with his family and all that follow him in his sin of unfaithfulness. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man,.... That is, the people of the house of Israel, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan; if the friends, relations, and neighbours of such a man, though they know what he is about to do, or has done, yet they shut their eyes wilfully, or look another way; or, however, wink and connive at his wickedness, and will not discover him, and bear witness against him; or if a court of judicature, before whom he comes, does not take the evidence of his crime, nor condemn for it, or are negligent in punishing him as the law directs, a gift having blinded their eyes, or they careless and remiss in their duty:

when he giveth his seed unto Molech; a crime so heinous and abominable:

and kill him not; do not bring witness against him, so as that he may be put to death, or do not upon the evidence given condemn him to death, or do not take care to have sentence executed, by stoning him to death. 4. If the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, etc.—that is, connive at their countrymen practising the horrid rites of Molech. Awful was it that any Hebrew parents could so violate their national covenant, and no wonder that God denounced the severest penalties against them and their families.20:1-9 Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancient idolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so. But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching and wicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which they show their children, devote them to the service of Satan, and forward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to be lamented? What an account must such parents render to God, and what a meeting will they have with their children at the day of judgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he who cursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christ confirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, and penalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices, because the law has made these practices sin, and it is right that we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them when the law has made them death, from a principle of self-preservation. In the midst of these laws comes in a general charge, Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy. It is the Lord that sanctifies, and his work will be done, though it be difficult. Yet his grace is so far from doing away our endeavours, that it strongly encourages them. Work out your salvation, for it is God that worketh in you.
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