SPECIAL TOPIC: MOLECH

 This YHWH prohibits the worship of Molech (BDB 574), the Canaanite (Ammon) fire god worshiped by sacrificing the first born child of every family in the community to insure fertility. His name (as used by Israelites) is a Hebrew pun on the consonants for "king" and the vowels for "shame."  Israel is warned about this god early and often (cf. Lev. 18:21; 20:2,3,4,5; Deut. 12:31; 1 Kgs. 11:7; 2 Kgs. 23:10; Jer. 32:35; Micah 6:7).  This worship was often characterized by the phrase, "passing through the fire" (cf. Deut. 12:31; 18:10; 2 Kgs. 16:3; 17:17,31; 21:6; Ps. 106:37; Jer. 7:31; 19:5). 

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