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What is an abomination?

The common and immediate response, at least, for believers is not incorrect (homosexuality usually being named first, idol worship, etc.) but I submit that there are several things the Lord expresses detestation regarding, which are far more prevalent and one might hazard to say…practiced within and among the body of believers.

This is an inquiry into scripture, how does God define abomination? The Hebrew words below will allow us to recognize these points in scripture, the first part of this inquiry will be from the Tanakh (Torah-Nevi’im/Prophets-Ketuvim/writings) Genesis through Malachi. The word Tow’ebah= an abhorrence, is the word I followed to find these passages. I have not mentioned ALL the instances in Tanakh where  Tow’ebah is found, only the texts which expressed God’s defining what He considered to fall into this category. There were numerous repetitions of tow’ebah in the books of Kings and Chronicles regarding the Idolatrous practices of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Which were to extensive to repeat.

What is the point of the inquiry on abomination?

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God willing this will allow us to find humility, clarity and conviction about how we behave, how we view others behavior and grant us discernment about our own fruit and whom we yoke ourselves to in this life. Tolerance is a word oft thrown around in this decadent society in which we live. God, however, is intolerant of sin and especially these things which He declares are abominable.
List of Hebrew words useful in the study of Abomination (TOW’EBAH being forefront):

H8441 Tow’ebah (to-ay-baw)- H8581 something morally disgusting; i.e. (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol.

H8263 Sheqets (sheh-kets) -filth, i.e. (fig. and specifically) an idolatrous object.

H8262 Shaqats (shaw-kats) to be filthy; i.e. (intensively) to loathe, pollute.

H2930 tame’ (taw-may’)- to be foul, especially in a ceremial or moral sense (contaminated).

H2154 zimmah zim-maw’ or zammah {zam-maw’}; from H2161; a plan, especially a bad one.

H7451 ra` rah from H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral). (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.).

H5771 `avon aw-vone’ or oavown (2 Kings H7:9; Psalm 51:5 (H7); from H5753; perversity, i.e. (moral) evil.

H819 ‘ashmah ash-maw’ feminine of H817; guiltiness, a fault, the presentation of a sin-offering.

H1322 bosheth bo’-sheth from H954; shame (the feeling and the condition, as well as its cause); by implication
(specifically) an idol.

H2932 tum’ah toom-aw’ from H2930; religious impurity.

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Get your bible, read ALL of Vayikra (Leviticus) 11. Read all these texts in context, especially when we get to the Proverbs verses. One might make the mistake of reading a verse or two which expressly contain the word Abomination- Tow’ebah and assume God referred to only the items listed in said verse, missing the greater content of what is included. Leviticus 11 is a list of elicit relationships. It seems very clear that God defines lusts and relations outside of the man and woman marriage to be inappropriate for people of God. The fact that such detail is taken shows us a number of things: these were the types of relationships which were acceptable to the pagan nations into which the Children of Israel would come, each forbidden relationship might have been a temptation to unhoned unguided nature-flesh, each one had to be specifically addressed so that there would be no excuse taken…no one could say “I didn’t know”.

Forbidden relationships (sexual) Leviticus 11 ;6 Do not approach a close relative to have relations. 11;7 do not have relations with your father or mother. 11;8 Do not have relations with your step-mother. 11; 9 Do not have relations with your sister, or step sister. (any daughter of your father or mother) 11; 10 do not have relations with your grandchildren. 11; 11 do not have relations with the wife/concubine of your father. 11; 12 do not have relations with your aunt. 11;14 do not have relations with your uncle or his wife. 11;15 do not have relations with your daughter-in-law. 11;16 Do not have realtions with your brother’s wife. 11; 17 Do not have two women, a woman and her daughter together. 11;18 do not take a woman and her sister, together. 11; 19 No relations during a woman’s menstruating. 11;20 Do not have relations with a neighbors wife (adultery). 11; 21 Do not sacrifice your children to idols (profane God’s name). 11; 22 No homosexual relations (male and female). TOWEBAH! no bestiality. To reiterate, if one would have read verse 22 alone you could say, “See, homosexuality.” and I would agree, but all of these relationships are abominations, as well as idolatry which (you will see) is always mentioned- gratifying such base sexual urges being a sort of self glorification, directly connected to idol worship…your perceived needs becoming the idol to sacrifice purity before.

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Leviticus18; 19 ‘Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity. 20 You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife, to be defiled with her. 21 You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord. 22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination (TOW’EBAH). 23 Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled (TAME) with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24 ‘Do not defile (TAME) yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled (TAME). 25 For the land has become defiled (TAME), therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants. 26 But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations (TOW’EBAH), neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you 27 (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations (TOW’EBAH), and the land has become defiled (TAME)); 28 so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile (TAME) it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. 29 For whoever does any of these abominations (TOW’EBAH), those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable (TOW’EBAH) customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile (TAME) yourselves with them; I am the Lord your God.’”
Leviticus 20 reiterates the abominations: Adultery, Incest of any kind, near or remote. Homosexuality, beastiality and Idolatry- passing your children through the fire or consulting with diviners,etc. Leviticus 20; 13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable (TOW’EBAH act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

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(Why in these texts of abominable, detestable, immoral relationships and practices is there is insertion about dietary “purity”? Leviticus 20; 25 You are therefore to make a distinction between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean; and you shall not make yourselves detestable by animal or by bird or by anything that creeps on the ground, which I have separated for you as unclean. 26 Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.)

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Deuteronomy 7; 25 The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination (TOW’ EBAH) to the Lord your God. 26 You shall not bring an abomination (TOW’EBAH) into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.

Deut. 7: Idolatry, even the gold on the idol is an abomination. How could this apply for us? I think about gold being likened to money, profit. Surely serving the ‘almighty dollar’ has become a driving force in our world. Being generous and wise with the money God gives us seems a sure fire way to combat this form of idolatry. In another sense, if we are in anyway connected to the profit of unseemly business dealings…we should reconsider this station.

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Deuteronomy 12; 29 “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’ 31 You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable (TOW’EBAH) act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 12 contains the commandments of serving God in His Sanctuary, following is this reminder not to follow after the idolatry and worship of the nations, which is abominable to God (passing children through fire mentioned namely.) [Jeremiah 32;35 They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination (TOW’EBAH), to cause Judah to sin.] To a much lesser degree we might think about out mode and method of worship. Is it set apart from the everyday, is it lifted as an offering or does it attempt to resemble the entertaining music of the world, is it self serving?

Deuteronomy 13; 12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom you have not known), 14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination (TOW’EBAH) has been done among you, 15 you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword. 16 Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God; and it shall be a ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.

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Deut. 13 is about shunning idolatry, the text mentions the death penalty for even a family member who would entice one to go after idols. Our text above states the same penalty, after a thorough investigation, and the abomination to the Lord is that this man is seducing their neighbors and friends to go after idols.
These men are called worthless: H1100 bliya`al bel-e-yah’-al 0 from H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension, destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.). The same could be said for anyone who leads a person astray, from reading their bibles and from looking into the lasting effects of His eternal promises. Although some ‘crazies’ come out of the woodwork in any form of corporate worship, there will always be extreme cases in one sense or another as far as religion goes.., but in all, I have not seen a greater dissidence among believers than in regard to the so called Hebrew Roots Movement among Christianity. For brothers and sisters who believe the in same God, same savior and same bible, there is a huge amount of name calling and bashing. There are major faults on both sides but you will find, if we were to be honest,  it is predominant among Christian leaders. You can google the name of nearly any so called Hebrew Roots or Messianic teacher and find a wealth of garbage brought out by Shepherds, Christian pastors who are supposed to be imitating Yeshua, with love, patience and understanding- name calling, slandering, even calling people anti-christ and cult. On the other end, you will rarely find Hebrew roots teachers attempting to drag any pastor’s name through the mud however you will hear them being overtly critical of the way Christian brothers and sisters practice their faith, often with arrogance. How is this connected to the abomination of leading someone into idolatry? I believe it is a shame to lead someone away from seeking out the Torah and God’s Calendar and (His moadim- set times, appointments) and the Feasts of the Lord. I also feel it is shame to lead someone away from unity with fellow believers despite how they might practice, to dissuade from fellowship among believers.

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Deuteronomy 14;1 “You are the sons of the Lord your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead. 2 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 3 “You shall not eat any detestable (TOW’EBAH) thing. 4 These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5 the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep. 6 Any animal that divides the hoof and has the hoof split in two and chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat. 7 Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these among those which chew the cud, or among those that divide the hoof in two: the camel and the rabbit and the shaphan, for though they chew the cud, they do not divide the hoof; they are unclean (TAME) for you. 8 The pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, it is unclean for you. You shall not eat any of their flesh nor touch their carcasses.

Deut. 14 is about dietary laws and holiness (the two always found together in scripture). The abominable ‘thing’ to God in these verses are unclean animals. “When the Lord God gave Israel the Law at Mount Sinai, and then expanded it in detail, He delineated very clearly things that are abominations to Him. Since God never changes, abominations to Him 3,500 years ago are still abominations to Him.” this is quote from a study outline on the book of Ezekiel, it is a Precept upon Precept course. That’s right, Christian authors. I was very pleased at this statement which is spot on and couldn’t think of a better inclusion at this point in our inquiry.

Take Me to the Cross

Deuteronomy 17;1 “You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable (TOW’EBAH) thing to the Lord your God.

The verses indicating the blemished animal being offered unto the Lord as abominable are right before the texts regarding the administration of justice. This administration requires a careful examination much like the job of Kohanim when examining whether or not an animal was fit to be offered on the Altar or not. The text goes on to note the king who would be appointed should write for himself two copies of the Torah, one of which to take with him always so that his administration/ rule of his kingdom be based on the perfect Laws of the Lord. Let us think about this with heart and consider, do we carefully examine our offerings before bringing them to the Lord. Are we lulled into a sense of routine, or duty, or even anxiety when we decide to study or pray or sing to the Lord? Let us strive to examine our Kavanah-intention before we come to the altar, the throne of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 18; 9 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable (TOW’EBAH) things of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord; and because of these detestable (TOW’EBAH) things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.

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The abomination in these verses is any imitation of the detestable things the nations do. Namely witchcraft, sorcery, speaking with the dead, magic, prognostication, astrology, etc. There are powers that exist in the world that are not from God, as holy people we are not to practice or even investigate such things. I find it interesting when believers use terms such as lucky, or even read a horoscope. Even saying good luck to someone rather than be blessed, takes God out of the equation and brings in a sense of chance…taking the reigns out of His hands so to speak (which is impossible for there is nothing outside of His direction and reign.) I myself have had to find conviction as to the movies, books, etc. I bring into the home. The things that are often glorified in movies and kids shows, even sesame street…are said in the bible to be abominable. Magic, fairies, sorcery…it takes the Holy Spirit at work in your heart to illumine for you what is good and what is not acceptable. Everyone is on a different point in this journey. The way is directed by Him from His word.

Deuteronomy 24;1 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency (ERVAH) in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house, 2 and she leaves his house and goes and becomes another man’s wife, 3 and if the latter husband turns against her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife, 4 then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her again to be his wife, since she has been defiled (TAME); for that is an abomination (TOW’EBAH) before the Lord, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.

H6172 `ervah er-vaw’ from H6168; nudity, literally (especially the pudenda) or figuratively (disgrace, blemish).
The abomination in this verse is if a man who had previously divorced a woman takes her back as his wife whether it be that they reconcile after her second husband divorces her or he passes away. Divorce is not something God has in His design. Anyone who has been a victim of divorce knows how incredibly painful and how far reaching the scars of divorce can run. Generations can feel the pain from a single divorce. However there are reasons expressed in the bible when it is permitted. Aside from these reasons it should be fought against. I find it very interesting that while there is a very high rate of divorce among believers it is not often regarded as an abomination. Granted this text is specific, in that the divorced woman is not to be taken back if she has married another man. Is there a range of abominable practices? For example, is eating a pig worse than slandering a parent? Is slandering a parent worse than homosexuality? Is homosexuality worse than bowing down to an idol?

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(Mannasseh Son of Hezekiah) II Kings 21; 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 He did evil (RA) in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations (TOW’EBAH) of the nations whom the Lord dispossessed before the sons of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 He built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” 5 For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil (RA) in the sight of the Lord provoking Him to anger. 7 Then he set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever. 8 And I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, if only they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.” 9 But they did not listen, and Manasseh seduced them to do evil (RA) more than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the sons of Israel. 10 Now the Lord spoke through His servants the prophets, saying, 11 “Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (TOW’EBAH), having done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols; 12 therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.

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Abominations: High places, Altars for Baal, Asherah (idol), Worshiping and serving the host of heaven, passing sons through the fire, witchcraft, divination, dealing with mediums and spiritists, placing a carved image in the Temple of YAHWEH, seducing his people to do evil in God’s sight, causing Judah to sin from the idols, doing more evil than the pagan Amorites. How is it that the kings of the Children of Israel could ever have done what was clearly contrary to the Torah and command of the Lord? Could He be more explicit about what is NOT acceptable to do? Do you realize that in America, we have ruled that it is lawful for unborn children to be slaughtered? (abortion) It is the same thing, beloved. ‘We’ permit our children to be sacrificed. One might say, “Not sacrificed to idols!” The idol these children are slaughtered for is the glorification of man. If man believes his schedule, means to provide, ability to love and care for someone else are all in his own power and will to determine…man becomes the idol and the child with so much potential is given up. Abomination then, abomination now.

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Ezra 9;1 Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations (TOW’EBAH), those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.” 3 When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering. 5 But at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the Lord my God; 6 and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities (AVON) have risen above our heads and our guilt (ASHMAH) has grown even to the heavens. 7 Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt (ASHMAH), and on account of our iniquities (AVON) we, our kings and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity and to plunder and to open shame (BOSHETH), as it is this day. 8 But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. 9 For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 10 “Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments, 11 which You have commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land which you are entering to possess is an unclean (NIDDAH) land with the uncleanness (NIDDAH) of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations (TOW’EBAH) which have filled it from end to end and with their impurity (TUM’AH). 12 So now do not give your daughters to their sons nor take their daughters to your sons, and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.’ 13 After all that has come upon us for our evil (RA) deeds and our great guilt (ASHMAH), since You our God have requited us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us an escaped remnant as this, 14 shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations (TOW’EBAH)? Would You not be angry with us to the point of destruction, until there is no remnant nor any who escape? 15 O Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt (ASHMAH), for no one can stand before You because of this.”

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Ezra 9 abomination= “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.” (Inter marriage) What is the Lord telling us by calling intermarriage an abomination? Are we to take this command for the people of Israel, when entering the Land, not to take of the women of these nations as wives nor to give their daughters to these peoples in marriage…literally? (Deuteronomy 7; Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. * see Deuteronomy 7;1-6) Should we take the word at its simple reading? Yes. BUT at the same time, we will completely miss its meaning if we do not ask ourselves, “Why?” What is the heart of this matter? Think about it, are there many marriages and relationships you know of or have heard about where there are two parties DEVOTED to their faith whom hold to DIFFERENT faith’s or religions? Do believers who marry non believers typically have a healthy environment in which their closeness and growth ‘in God’ will thrive? God intended that His people are to be set apart, this whole dynamic of intermarriage is yet another divine example God shows us as to how we can strive for Kadosh…to be Holy for He is Holy.

II Corinthians 6; 14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.

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He can not dwell in the midst of a divided household. Whether it is because of religion or otherwise. Furthermore, as valiant and righteous the intention may be for a believer to marry a non-believer in the hopes of converting them may be…case history shows this does not work out in the end. Even Solomon, though commanded as King not to multiply wives, did so…taking many foreign wives and what happened? They turned his heart away from God and he ended up becoming an idolater. (I Kings 11; Then Solomon built an illegal worship site on the hill east of Jerusalem for Chemosh (the disgusting idol of Moab) and for Molech (the disgusting idol of the Ammonites). He did these things for each of his foreign wives who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.) I have a friend who was shunned by her body of believers because she married a black man. He is a believer, she is a believer does God condemn them? Absolutely not, totally different thing. I know a practicing Jewish woman who married a Jew who did not practice his faith. Did she keep her piety and devotion? No she did not, slowly bit by bit the values she once held became less and less important and seemed less and less applicable to her life. We should read the word searching to understanding the heart of the Law. 

Proverbs 3;32 For the devious (LUWZ)are an abomination to the Lord; but He is intimate with the upright.

H3868 luwz looz a primitive root; to turn aside (compare H3867, H3874 and H3885), i.e. (literally) to depart,
(figuratively) be perverse.

This is a very interesting one. Would this be first on the lips of a survey: What is an abomination to the Lord? A devious person, one who turns aside, away from the Lord. This is a deviant morally, spiritually even physically.

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Proverbs 6; 16 There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination (TOW’EBAH, TOW’EBAH) to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked (RA) plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.

The Hebrew text intensifies this Scripture more than the English reading, it says: The Lord HATES (H8130 sane’ – to hate (personally). these Abominations (it is repeated) to His SOUL (H5315 nephesh properly, a breathing creature, vitality….raised eyes, an untruthful tongue, hands spilling innocent blood (this word can also mean to expend a COMPLAINT), the devises of LAWLESSNESS is what the Hebrew says, hurrying to run to evil, kindling falseness, a witness of untruth, sending forth or dispatching quarrels among brothers. Abominations include spreading strife among brothers, and a false witness, a liar…all of these things revolve around the concept of Lashan Hara…the Evil Tongue. Gossip, slander, useless and careless words…a bad intention, strife stirring. These attributes are rampant within the Christian church in general, and before you argue that point…please note I am speaking from experience, having been on the giving out and namely the receiving end of such things while ‘in the church”. Homosexuality= Abomination, guess what…Gossip and pride are too.

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Proverbs 11; 1 A false (MIRMAH) balance (MO’ZEN) is an abomination to the Lord, but a just (SHALEM)  weight (EBEN) is His delight.

H4820 mirmah meer-maw’ from H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud.                                                                   What is this false balance? The word for balance in the Hebrew is quite literal – H3976 mo’zen -a pair of scales. Interestingly what the Lord delights in is a just STONE, translated as weight.                                                            H68  ‘eben eh’-ben from the root of H1129 through the meaning to build; a stone. What in our lives might we cheating ourselves out of or faking ourselves into…thinking, believing, feeling, experiencing, sharing? Are our scales just- Shalem= complete. Are we so consumed with out studies that we neglect personal time in fellowship? Are we spending more time with one child than another? Are we devoting more time healing and counseling friends in need than our own spouses? Just some thoughts. And what, or whom, is this stone we are told is just…is complete…is the measure by which we are to weigh out our time, devotion, love, etc.? I believe it is the Rock of our strength. Yeshua the Messiah. (Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.)

scales of justice

Proverbs 15; 8 The sacrifice of the wicked (RASHA) is an abomination (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9 The way of the wicked (RASHA) is an abomination (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord, but He loves one who pursues righteousness. 10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof will die.

…26 Evil (RA) plans are an abomination (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord, But pleasant words are pure.

H7563 rasha` raw-shaw’ from H7561; morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person.
Proverbs 15 Abominations: The offering of the wicked (H2077 zebach zeh’-bakh properly, a slaughter, i.e. the flesh of an animal; by implication, a sacrifice (the victim or the act); the way of the wicked (H1870 derek -a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb.); and evil plans ( H4284 machashabah – a contrivance, i.e. (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice).  There are some who claim to be believers who, in the dark, do terrible things. There are others who are complacent about the practice of their faith and still others who view their observance as a checklist or duty. Some who think, I went to church I served my hour for the week and thus I am a believer. A relationship with God does not allow for any of these behavioral and psychological actualities. God desires a form of true worship which comes from the inside out. To think we could portray ourselves as Christians and be satisfied with our leadership confirming we are saved because we tithe…without realizing there is nothing hidden from God’s sight, is a dire misjudgment. The sacrifice, the prayer, the offering, the pursuit of becoming like Yeshua, the pleasant words and giving of the Good News with an upright heart is not only acceptable to God but He states, through Solomon in this proverb, they are the complete antithesis of the Abomination here. Tahor- clean. pure (in a physical, chemical, ceremonial or moral sense). In context we can see, the idea that someone will deviate forsaking the way, even in being inconsistent in praise and worship and communion with God… without God’s realization of this fact…He sees this notion, this plan, as evil. There are to “way’s” in this verse. There is derek- the mode of action, the way we live; and there is orach (o’-rakh)- a well-trodden road (literally or figuratively); also a caravan. The way I see it, we can avoid becoming an abomination to the Lord in worship by walking in and maintaining the ‘well-trodden road’ , the path of origin, emulating the fathers who came before us and additionally by doing so in a team of pure believers, a caravan of faithful servants.

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Jeremiah 6; 16 Thus says the Lord“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.

Proverbs 16; 1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives. 3 Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. 4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil. 5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.

The abomination of Proverbs 16: a proud [H1362 gabahh (gaw-bawh’)- lofty (literally or figuratively).] heart. We may plan and strive and believe we are doing what is right with the best of intentions, if we did deep the Lord may reveal to us something He has not found favor in. This is why some of our ‘well laid’ plans go to ruin. This abomination is the most convicting for me personally, the proud heart. How many times have a destroyed the peace in my own home by seeking to justify my actions or to stand up for myself? How many hours have I wasted pursuing a project with the wrong intentions or without thanking and acknowledging the Lord? When I think about the failures I have been the orchestrator of it makes me immediately feel filthy and unworthy to even return to the throne, the feet of the King…even difficult to repent. The liar tells me I can not be forgiven nor should I even bother asking for it. He lies. Read on. The proud heart IS an abomination, there will be punishment for it….BUT, by His lovingkindess and our honesty with ourselves, our close inspection of our hearts and truthful confession to to Him and those we have harmed…and by the blood of our great Intercessor who continually lifts our prayers on our behalf…there IS atonement! And the key to stave of a proud heart? Fear of the Lord, reverence for His magesty. If we place Him, in our lives, as the highest and only One worthy to be praised we will better be able to keep our pride in check.

repentance

Proverbs 17; 15 He who justifies the wicked (RASHA) and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord.

He who makes right the wrong, and makes wrong the right. This is the sad state of the world in which we live beloved. Justice for wicked evil men, and condemnation, persecution and even execution for the innocent. This texts too has to do with witnesses, false witnesses either excusing or explaining away the outright evil in a person or situation OR belittling, slandering and obliterating the upright names of true servants of God.

under God

Proverbs 20; 6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man? 7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of justice disperses all evil (RA) with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Differing weights and differing measures, both of them are abominable (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord. 11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them. Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23 Differing weights are an abomination (TOW’EBAH) to the Lord, and a false scale is not good. 24 Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way?

Proverbs 20 surface- differing weights and measures is the abomination mentioned twice. The section is speaking about more than just false, unethical dealings in business transactions. It seems to be speaking about people, finding a trustworthy man, a king who is just, weighing out our own righteousness, the repayment of evil…how can man judge that scale, repayment of sin endured from another man? The scale, the measure, the judge (seeing eye and hearing ear) are all made by the Lord. Waiting on Him is the key, anything aside from that, i.e. taking matters into our own hands is the abomination.

Proverbs 21; 25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work; 26 All day long he is craving, while the righteous gives and does not hold back. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked (RASHA)is an abomination (TOW’EBAH), how much more when he brings it with evil intent! 28 A false witness will perish, but the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.

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The sacrifice of the wicked, especially brought with evil intent. In connection with the sluggard who does not work to be enabled to give without holding back, the man who gives but with a bad intention, the false witness. I can’t help but think of the Kohen (Priest) as being the witness to the offering, if it is brought begrudgingly or with a blemish (which was also an abomination) and he turns a blind eye, becoming the false witness in a sense…this could be considered an abomination.

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Proverbs 26; 25 When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations (TOW’EBAH) in his heart. 26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile (MASHSHA’OWN), His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. 27 He who digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him. 28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes (DAK), and a flattering (CHALAQ) mouth works ruin (MIDCHEH).

H4860 mashsha’own (mash-shaw-ohn’)- dissimulation. The form of this word is found only here in all of Tanakh. 

H8267 sheqer (sheh’-ker) from H8266; (dak)- from an unused root (compare H1794);an untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial).

H1790 dak (dak)- from an unused root (compare H1794); crushed, i.e. (fig.) injured.

H2509 chalaq khaw-lawk’ from H2505; smooth (especially of tongue).

H4072 midcheh mid-kheh’ from H1760; overthrow.

We are called to be imitators of the Messiah Yeshua. In Him there is no untruth, deceit, trickery, arterial motives or pretense. No darkness. Proverbs 26 clearly describes the opposing force, the enemy of Yeshua and all life…the father of lies, adversary, the destroyer. If we in any way are engaging in or wielding any of these attributes we ARE being imitators, but not of the King of Kings…we will resemble the embodiment of abomination in the devil. I read this Proverb as a description of that serpent with guile on his tongue and the good news is that he may push against the Rock in order to cause many to stumble, but it is the Rock which will crush his head in the end.

serpent crush

How can we keep from stumbling? How, really, can we learn how to abstain from all these abominations? The first step is one which we have done…identifying the problems. We have, through the scriptures, defined what the Lord has set before us…we recognize what HE considers to be an abomination. Are any of these behaviors and practices acceptable? What if they are done with moderation? What if someone’s heart was not intentionally sinning? What if we decide, “well that is not what that means to me”? OR what if one were to say, “the holy Spirit said otherwise…”? The Spirit does not work apart from the divine word of God. The word of God will not become realized and activated without the Spirit. That being said, by the Spirit…with an open heart and eyes let us read the last abomination to the Lord and realize, this is not for yesterday or for someone else, this is what God has said.

Proverbs 28;9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law (TORAH), even his prayer is an abomination (TOW’EBAH).

Without the perfect Law, Torah, of the Lord we can not uncover the heart of the King. It’s not so much about a check list…did I do this or that today. It is about WHY did God ask this? If I apply my life to this what can I learn about Him. Priests and Kings were to rule, judge and administer with the Torah in their hearts, hands and upon their lips. We too are called to be priests and kings, a holy nation, the Torah teaches us what God has set out as the standard for holy living. Proverbs 28 says the prayer of the one who turns his ear away from listening to the Torah is an abomination. Our prayers are to be our connection to God. Our prayers are our worship, they are our offerings. The offerings were the avenue for reconcilliation and closeness with God. IF our prayers are considered an abomination and WOE is to that man. Please understand what this verse is telling us. He who turns away ( the word in the Hebrew cuwr= to turn off), his ear ( ozen = broadness; the ear), from hearing (remember this word? Shamato hear intelligently with implication of attention and obedience).

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God didn’t give us the Torah to show us how impossible it is to reach for these commandments and take hold of them. He didn’t give us the Torah with the ulterior motive of showing us how helpless we are without a savior in Yeshua. When we read the Torah we realize how helpless we are without a savior for there is no worthy man, no righteous deeds. Once this beam of understanding is realized do when then throw away the flashlight? Our savior Yeshua himself told us to pursue perfection and he did not do that with a hidden purpose or agenda. I believe all of it is to challenge us to reach the potential of the highest Bar, Yeshua Ben David…the standard for God’s people for holiness has not changed and by the spirit we are sanctified and enabled to perform His will and bring forward our offerings in an acceptable and upright fashion. Though we have no worthy deeds, yet WE ARE His glory when we strive to live like He lived. In obedience to His Father’s commandments. Let us never turn off our ears to hearing the word of God, lest we too become abominable.

my way or God

Psalm 19; 7 The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Matthew 5; 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?47 And if you greet your brethren[i] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Isaiah 43; 7 Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

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Blessed are You my King, may You continue to remove all abominations from our lives, may we clean out our houses and hearts of all that which You find no favor in . Place in us a virtuous desire to serve you with sincerity and devotion. Open our hearts to Your Torah, then our souls will pursue Your commandments. B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah, amein!

Psalm 119 ;17 Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors.

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Part 2 of this inquiry will involve the Abominations in God’s House. Pray for the Lord to guide my way and establish the time. For reference, here is where that part will begin (as I am going through a study now on the book of Ezekiel, at its conclusion I will be better equipped to go through the extensive verses listed below. Even that list is a jaw dropping red flag or highlighted swipe in our bibles.)

Jeremiah 7; 8 “Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, 10 then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—that you may do all these abominations (TOW’EBAH)? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the Lord.

Jer. 7 abominable acts : Stealing, murder, adultery, swearing falsely, committing idolatry and then coming to worship God in HIs house.

Tow’ebah- Abomination found in the Book of Ezekiel 5;9 &11/ 6;9 &11/ 7;3,4,8,9 &20/ 8;6,9,13, 15 &17/ 9;4/ 11;18&21/12;16/14;6/16;2,22,36,43,47, 50,51 & 58/ 18; 12,13&24/ 22; 2&11/ 23;36/ 33;26 &29/ 36;31/43;8/ 44;6,7 &13

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