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Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

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Leviticus 19:31 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Regard תִּפְנ֤וּ To turn; by implication, to face, i.e., appear, look, etc Regard
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
them that have familiar spirits, הָֽאֹבֹת֙ Properly, a mumble, i.e., a water-skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar) familiar spirits
neither אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing neither
seek תְּבַקְשׁ֖וּ To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after seek
after אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to after
wizards, הַיִּדְּעֹנִ֔ים Properly, a knowing one; specifically, a conjurer; (by impl) a ghost wizards
to be defiled לְטָמְאָ֣ה To be foul, especially in a ceremial or moral sense (contaminated) defiled
by them: I אֲנִ֖י I by them I
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the Lord יְהוָ֥ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
your God. אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶֽם׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God

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  • 29  Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

  • 30  Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

  • 31  Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

  • 32  Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.

  • 33  And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.


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