Biblical Principle #290: Israel Cautioned Against Sexual Sins

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God cautioned Israel to avoid the sexual sins of the Gentile nations that He was driving out of Canaan before them.


We have previously covered a number of specific Principles GOD gave to Israel through Moses in the Law regarding abstaining from sexual sins:

Immediately after concluding these regulations, GOD told Moses to warn Israel:

24 ‘Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these ways of life the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before your face. 25 For the land is defiled, and on its account I am repaying them for their wrongdoing. Thus the land became vexed with those dwelling upon it. 26 You shall therefore keep all My ordinances and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any resident alien who dwells among you 27 (for the men of the land before you did all these abominations, and thus the land was defiled), 28 that the land not be vexed with you in your defilement of it, as it was vexed with the nations before you. 29 For whoever does any of these abominations, these souls shall be utterly destroyed from among their people. 30 Therefore, you shall keep My ordinances, so as not to do any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and not to defile yourselves by them; for I am the Lord your God.’”

Leviticus 18:24-40 OSB

And again, in another place, GOD told Moses:

22 ‘You shall therefore keep all My ordinances and all My judgments and perform them, that the land to which I am bringing you to dwell in not be provoked at you. 23 Also, you shall not walk in the ordinances of the nations I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them. 24 But I said to you, “You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who separated you from all peoples.

Leviticus 20:22-24 OSB

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