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Leviticus 19:4

Context
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Do not turn to idols, 1  and you must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal. I am the Lord your God.

XREF

Ex 20:3-5; Ex 20:23; Ex 32:4; Ex 34:17; Le 26:1; De 27:15; Hag 2:18; 1Co 10:14; 1Jo 5:21

NET © Notes

sn Regarding the difficult etymology and meaning of the term for “idols” (אֱלִילִים, ’elilim), see B. A. Levine, Leviticus (JPSTC), 126; J. E. Hartley, Leviticus (WBC), 304; N. H. Snaith, Leviticus and Numbers (NBC), 89; and Judith M. Hadley, NIDOTTE 1:411. It appears to be a diminutive play on words with אֵל (’el, “god; God”) and, perhaps at the same time, recalls a common Semitic word for “worthless; weak; powerless; nothingness.” Snaith suggests a rendering of “worthless godlings.”



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