Definition of Abomination

A little Bible glossary found on the Internet inspired me to try my hand at it. This was the first word. Here’s my take on it.

Abomination — Something abhorrent, repulsive or, in a religious or ethical sense, deeply offensive to one’s most cherished beliefs (Gen 43:32; Pr 3:32). The verb is often translated as “abhor, loathe.” It is used both of God and man. In the former case, it refers to what is detestable in his sight (Lev 18:22-30; Lev 20:13; Lk 16:15), but often prized or practiced by man.

J. Randal Matheny

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4 thoughts on “Definition of Abomination

  1. If you don’t mind, I think I’ll use your definition! Excellent analysis of what the word means and a good application as relates to God and us.

  2. Sure thing, Jon, feel free. Obviously, it was designed to be brief and doesn’t even touch items like Daniel’s “abomination of desolation” and Jesus’ quotation of it.

  3. The definition is excellent. I have heard it expressed that an “abomination” is something that makes one nauseous — so, if God were of such a nature as to be subject to nausea, an abominable thing would be something that “makes Him sick.”
    For what it’s worth,
    Joe Slater

  4. Good job. The concept of abomination has almost disappeared in our modern culture. Nothing appears to be so evil that it is considered an abomination. I agree with Joe Slater that many things going on in today’s world must make God really sick. The church in Laodicea is a good case in point: The Lord was ready to spew it out of His mouth. Everything from the trivial to the abominable fills books, magazines, papers and the airwaves. I just saw in a bookstore a title on how to be fat, lazy and stupid. It is past time to awaken to what is going on and address it strongly. Fraternally, Glover Shipp.

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