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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 18

Verses 1-30

At this point in the enunciation of the laws of separation they assume a slightly altered character. So far, the fundamental matters of relationships to God have been the principal note. Now the habits of the life of separation are more particularly dealt with. The enactments here recorded especially recognize the perils which would surround these people on account of the habits and customs of the people by whom they would be surrounded in the land.

In view of these there was first a call to separation in general terms. Jehovah asserted Himself as being their God and distinctly forbade their conforming their actions to the doings either of Egypt or of Canaan, accompanying the commandment with a promise that if they obeyed Him they should live thereby.

Then followed the naming of certain evil practices of the people of these lands, certain abominations which had cursed the whole life of the peoples.

In this connection occurs a most important declaration, explaining the judgment of God upon the people of these lands. It is that the reason for such judgment is to be found in the practice of these abominations with terrible effects produced upon the peoples, so that they were utterly corrupt. All this emphasizes the paramount importance of the insistence on the necessity that the people of God should not be themselves d d e d by such practices.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Leviticus 18". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/leviticus-18.html. 1857-84.