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Leviticus 18:21

    Leviticus 18:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And you shall not let any of your seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And thou shalt not give any of thy seed to make them pass through the fire to Molech; neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And you may not make any of your children go through the fire as an offering to Molech, and you may not put shame on the name of your God: I am the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    And thou shalt not give any of thy seed to make them pass through the fire to Molech; neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    "'You shall not give any of your children to sacrifice to Molech; neither shall you profane the name of your God: I am Yahweh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And thou shalt not give any of thy seed to make them pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

    Definitions for Leviticus 18:21

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Leviticus 18:21

    Pass through the fire to Molech - The name of this idol is mentioned for the first time in this place. As the word מלח molech or melech signifies king or governor, it is very likely that this idol represented the sun; and more particularly as the fire appears to have been so much employed in his worship. There are several opinions concerning the meaning of passing through the fire to Molech.

    1. Some think that the semen humanum was offered on the fire to this idol.

    2. Others think that the children were actually made a burnt-offering to him.

    3. But others suppose the children were not burnt, but only passed through the fire, or between two fires, by way of consecration to him.

    That some were actually burnt alive to this idol several scriptures, according to the opinion of commentators, seem strongly to intimate; see among others, Psalm 106:38; Jeremiah 7:31, and Ezekiel 23:37-39. That others were only consecrated to his service by passing between two fires the rabbins strongly assert; and if Ahaz had but one son, Hezekiah, (though it is probable he had others, see 2 Chronicles 28:3), he is said to have passed through the fire to Molech, 2 Kings 16:3, yet he succeeded his father in the kingdom, 2 Kings 18:1, therefore this could only be a consecration, his idolatrous father intending thereby to initiate him early into the service of this demon. See Clarke's note on Leviticus 20:2.

    Barnes' Notes on Leviticus 18:21

    Molech - See the note at Leviticus 20:2-5.

    Wesley's Notes on Leviticus 18:21

    18:21 Pass through fire - This was done, either by burning them in the fire, or by making them pass between two great fires, which was a kind of consecration of them to that God. Moloch - Called also Milcom, was an idol chiefly of the Ammonites. He seems to be the Saturn of the heathens, to whom especially children and men were sacrificed. This is mentioned, because the neighbours of Israel were most infected with this idolatry, and therefore they are particularly cautioned against it, though under this one instance all other idols and acts, or kinds of idolatry, are manifestly comprehended and forbidden.