Psalm 106:37
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New International Version
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods.

New Living Translation
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.

English Standard Version
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;

New American Standard Bible
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

King James Bible
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.

International Standard Version
They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.

NET Bible
They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,

New American Standard 1977
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,

American King James Version
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils,

American Standard Version
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.

Darby Bible Translation
And they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,

English Revised Version
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons,

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons,

World English Bible
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.

Young's Literal Translation
And they sacrifice their sons And their daughters to destroyers,
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
36And served their idols, Which became a snare to them. 37They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, 38And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:20
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be participants with demons.

Leviticus 17:7
"They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations."'

Deuteronomy 12:31
"You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 32:17
"They sacrificed to demons who were not God, To gods whom they have not known, New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread.

2 Kings 16:3
But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out from before the sons of Israel.

2 Kings 17:17
Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.

Psalm 16:4
The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

Isaiah 57:5
Who inflame yourselves among the oaks, Under every luxuriant tree, Who slaughter the children in the ravines, Under the clefts of the crags?

Jeremiah 19:5
and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind;

Ezekiel 16:20
"Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter?
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils,

they sacrificed. However unnatural and horrid human sacrifices may appear, it is certain, that they did not only exist, but almost universally prevailed in the heathen world, especially among the Canaanites and Phoenicians.

Deuteronomy 12:30,31 Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after …

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or …

2 Kings 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yes, and made his …

2 Kings 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the …

2 Kings 21:6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and …

Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the …

Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley …

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of …

Ezekiel 16:20,21 Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have …

Ezekiel 20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass …

Ezekiel 23:37,47 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and …

devils

Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices to devils, after whom …

Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, …

2 Chronicles 11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, …

1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

(37) Devils.--Literally, lords, meaning, of course, the false deities. The word is, no doubt, chosen to represent the meaning of the heathen gods' names Ba'alm, Adonm. For the same Hebrew word, see Deuteronomy 32:17 (Judges 2:11, Baalim).

The Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew word became in Spain the Cid, and exists still in the Moorish sidi, i.e., "my lord."

Verse 37. - Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. The Moloch sacrifices of children by their parents are evidently intended (comp. Leviticus 18:21; Deuteronomy 18:10; 2 Kings 3:27; Jeremiah 7:31; Ezekiel 23:37, etc.). (For the identification of the false gods of the heathen with "devils," comp. Leviticus 17:71; Deuteronomy 32:17; 2 Chronicles 11:15; 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21.) It is argued by some that the use of the word "devils," or "demons," here does not imply that the objects of the worship were evil spirits. But it is difficult to see what else can be meant. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. Who have their name here given them from a word that signifies to waste and destroy, they being the destroyers of mankind. So the Targum renders it by which signifies spirits noxious and hurtful; but R. Elias Levita, in his Tishbi, p. 233, says it is a mistake to derive it from the root which signifies to waste and destroy; for then he says the "daleth" should have a "dagesh"; but does not tell us from whence it is derived. De Dieu, on Matthew 9:32, derives it from the Arabic word "to rule", for these demons were heroes, princes who ruled over others, and so were reckoned among the gods. As Satan, the head of them, was a murderer from the beginning, the cause of the ruin of our first parents, and of all their posterity; and may be truly called, as the king of the locusts is, "Apollyon" or "Abaddon", John 8:44 these the Israelites sacrificed unto, as the Gentiles did, Leviticus 17:7 and not lambs and rams, sheep, goats, and bullocks, but their sons and daughters; which they not only caused to pass through the fire to Moloch, which was a lustration of them by the flame, or causing them to pass between two fires; but they sacrificed them to be devoured, and actually burned them; see Jeremiah 7:31. From whence we may see of what a hardening nature sin is, and how by degrees persons may be brought to commit things the most shocking to nature, and which they some time before shuddered at. First, these Israelites mix themselves with the Heathens they spared, whom they should have destroyed; then they learn, by being among them, to do as they did, to walk in the vanity of their minds like them; and then they are enticed to serve their idols, and at last to sacrifice their sons and daughters to devils; which was no other than murder, and that of the most heinous nature: as follows. 37. unto devils—Septuagint, "demons" (compare 1Co 10:20), or "evil spirits."106:34-48 The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God's dealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill; omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected to destroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led to many more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sin was, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselves ruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter, will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant's sake. The unchangeableness of God's merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God's repentance. Our case is awful when the outward church is considered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guilty as we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins. Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be no prospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes with prayer for completing the deliverance of God's people, and praise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the people of the earth, ere long, add their Amen.
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