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Leviticus 18:3 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(3) After the doings of the land of Egypt.—During their sojourn in Egypt the Israelites became familiar with the practices which obtained in the land of their bondage, and as they adopted some of them (see Lev. 17:7), they are here solemnly warned to eschew those which are especially proscribed in the sequel.

And after the doings of the land of Canaan. The danger of imitating the customs which they had for centuries witnessed in the land they quitted, was greatly increased by the fact that these licentious practices obtained in worse forms in the land which they were to inherit. It is therefore against the past and the future that they are here warned.

Neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. As some of “the doings” referred to may have been simple custom, not based upon the law of the country where they obtained, the Lawgiver here emphatically condemns the acts which were legalised, declaring them to have no authority whatever. (See Lev. 18:30.)

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 18:3 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 18:3 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 18:3 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 18:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 18:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 18:3 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 18:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 18:3 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 18:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 18:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 18:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 18:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)