Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be a cursed thing like it: but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Deuteronomy 7:26. Lest thou be a cursed thing — Hebrew, חרם, cherem, devoted to utter destruction, as that and every thing was that had been employed to an idolatrous use.Romans 2:22; and his accusation of the Jew thus shows that the prohibition of the text was very necessary.A cursed thing, i.e. devoted to utter destruction, as that was. See Joshua 7:11,21,24, &c.
lest thou be a cursed thing like it; as an idol is, and so is everyone that worships it; for what more exposes to the curse of God than idolatry, a breach of the first table of the law? and therefore subjects a man to the curse of it; nay, the bringing of an idol into a man's house brings a curse into it, and makes him liable thereunto; for if the curse enters into the house of the thief or perjurer, much more into the house of a man guilty of idolatry in any degree of it; see Zechariah 5:3 but thou shalt utterly detest it; the Targum of Jonathan adds, as the pollution of an abominable thing:
and thou shalt utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing; devoted to destruction; and to have anything to do with it is the way to entail a curse, and bring to everlasting ruin and destruction; see Revelation 21:8.Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)26. a devoted thing] ḥerem, see on Deuteronomy 2:34; cp. Deuteronomy 13:17 (18). Persons using or touching anything that was ḥerem or under the ban, themselves became ḥerem, cp. Joshua 6:18; Joshua 7:12.
utterly detest … utterly abhor] The latter verb is that of the noun tô‘ebah, abomination, see Deuteronomy 7:25; the former verb, shiḳḳeṣ, with its noun, is also used with respect to what is ritually forbidden or unclean, but chiefly in P, e.g. Leviticus 11:10-13; Leviticus 11:20; Leviticus 11:23; Leviticus 11:41 f.Verse 26. - Cursed thing; a thing devoted (הֵרֶם), either, as in this case, to destruction (comp. also 1 Kings 20:42; Zechariah 14:11; Malachi 3:24; [Malachi 4:6]) or, as elsewhere, to God (Leviticus 27:21; Numbers 18:14).
Exodus 23:28 (see the passage), until all that were left and had hidden themselves should have utterly perished.
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