Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


In every form of it was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9, 19:29; Dt. 22:20,21, 23-29, 23:18; Ex. 22:16).

But this word is more frequently used in a symbolical than in its ordinary sense. It frequently means a forsaking of God or a following after idols (Isa. 1:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16; Hos. 1:2, 2:1-5; Jer. 3:8,9).

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