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Go to Bible: Leviticus 18
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Lev 18:5

“live by them.” That is, he will live a full life now and an everlasting life later.

Lev 18:6

“to uncover their nakedness.” This is an idiom for sexual intercourse. Up until the Mosaic Law there was no regulation or law about marrying a close relative, and with good reason. After God created Adam and Eve, and they began to have children (Gen 5:4), the only persons available for someone to marry was a sibling or close relative. Furthermore, that same situation occurred again after Noah’s Flood. Also, people lived in family and clan groups, and so often most of the people in the group were related. Thus, for example, Abraham married his half-sister Sarah (Gen. 20:12). However, by the time this Law was given about marrying close relatives many centuries has passed since the Flood, and there was no need to marry a close relative.

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”your father’s wife.” This would not necessarily be your mother. Also, since many men married much younger women, your father’s wife might be more the age of the father’s son than the father himself.

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Lev 18:19

“impure by her uncleanness.” That is, unclean by her monthly period.

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Lev 18:24

“in all these things.” The Canaanite culture that Israel was to conquer and displace was very sexually perverse, as stated here.

Lev 18:25

“and the land has become defiled.” One of the great lessons of the Bible is that the behavior of people affects the land that they live on. People want good weather with regular, gentle rains, plenty of sunshine, and no destructive weather such as hurricanes or tornados, and certainly no famines. But the behavior of the people affects how God can bless them, and evil ungodly behavior keeps God from blessing the land and allows demons to affect it. Furthermore, although a godly person living in a sinful land can be protected to a small extent, if there is a hurricane or famine, even the godly person will be affected. That is why Christians must stand up against those who promote ungodly behavior, and why a nation must have godly laws and leaders if it is to do well. This lesson about people’s behavior affecting the land is throughout the Old Testament (cp. Deut. 11:13-17; 28:1, 12, 15, 22-25, 38-40; Lev. 18:24-25; Ps. 107:33-34; Jer. 3:2-3; 9:10-14; 12:4; 23:10; Amos 4:6-10).

“I have visited its iniquity upon it.” For more on the meaning of “visit,” see commentary on Exodus 32:34. The word “visit” can also in some contexts be translated “punish,” and so the sentence could also be translated as it is translated in the CSB: “The land has become defiled, so I am punishing it for its sin.”

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