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Leviticus 20:27 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(27) A man also or woman.—Better, And a man or a woman. The departure from the literal translation of the conjunction in the Authorised version is both unnecessary and obscures the meaning of the sentence. It ought rather to be translated “but;” that is, but because the Israelites are God’s holy ones, therefore every man or woman who pretends to disclose future events by means of necromancy, thus usurping the functions of God, is to be stoned to death. The case of these necromancers is here repeated, because in Lev. 19:31 the consulting them only is forbidden, and in the sixth verse of this chapter the penalty for consulting them is set forth, whilst in the passage before us the penalty is enacted which the persons themselves who are convicted of practising these secret arts are to suffer. The woman is here expressly added, both because this art seems to have been principally followed by women (Exo. 22:28; 1Sa. 28:7; Act. 16:16), and because men would naturally be inclined to treat women more mercifully.

Their blood shall be upon them.—That is, they have brought it upon themselves to be killed. (See Lev. 20:9.)

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 20:27 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 20:27 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 20:27 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 20:27 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 20:27 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 20:27 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 20:27 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 20:27 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 20:27 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 20:27 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 20:27 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Leviticus 20:27 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 20:27 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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