“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death.(A) The members of the community are to stone him.(B) I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people;(C) for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled(D) my sanctuary(E) and profaned my holy name.(F) If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death,(G) I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.

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After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself,(A) “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness(B) of these nations(C) that the Lord is going to drive them out before you.

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He followed Ashtoreth(A) the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek(B) the detestable god of the Ammonites.

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On a hill east(A) of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh(B) the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek(C) the detestable god of the Ammonites.

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33 I will do this because they have[a] forsaken me and worshiped(A) Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked(B) in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees(C) and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 11:33 Hebrew; Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac because he has

You went to Molek[a](A) with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.(B)
You sent your ambassadors[b](C) far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 57:9 Or to the king
  2. Isaiah 57:9 Or idols

35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom(A) to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek,(B) though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind(C)—that they should do such a detestable(D) thing and so make Judah sin.(E)

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A Message About Ammon

49 Concerning the Ammonites:(A)

This is what the Lord says:

“Has Israel no sons?
    Has Israel no heir?
Why then has Molek[a](B) taken possession of Gad?(C)
    Why do his people live in its towns?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 49:1 Or their king; also in verse 3

those who bow down on the roofs
    to worship the starry host,(A)
those who bow down and swear by the Lord
    and who also swear by Molek,[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 1:5 Hebrew Malkam