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Leviticus 17:7

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17:7 So they must no longer offer 1  their sacrifices to the goat demons, 2  acting like prostitutes by going after them. 3  This is to be a perpetual statute for them throughout their generations. 4 

Leviticus 20:5-6

Context
20:5 I myself will set my face against that man and his clan. I will cut off from the midst of their people both him and all who follow after him in spiritual prostitution, 5  to commit prostitution by worshiping Molech. 6 

Prohibition against Spiritists and Mediums 7 

20:6 “‘The person who turns to the spirits of the dead and familiar spirits 8  to commit prostitution by going after them, I will set my face 9  against that person and cut him off from the midst of his people.

1 tn Heb “sacrifice.” This has been translated as “offer” for stylistic reasons to avoid the redundancy of “sacrifice their sacrifices.”

2 tn On “goat demons” of the desert regions see the note on Lev 16:8.

3 tn Heb “which they are committing harlotry after them.”

4 tn Heb “for your generations.”

5 tn The adjective “spiritual” has been supplied in the translation to clarify that this is not a reference to literal prostitution, but figuratively compares idolatry to prostitution.

6 tn Heb “to commit harlotry after Molech.” The translation employs “worshiping” here for clarity (cf. NAB, NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT). On the “cut off” penalty see the note on Lev 7:20.

7 sn For structure and coherence in Lev 20:6-27 see the note on v. 27 below.

8 tn See the note on the phrase “familiar spirits” in Lev 19:31 above.

9 tn Heb “I will give my faces.”



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