New Defender's Study Bible Notes
20:1 the LORD spake unto Moses. The sins described in this chapter are considered to be very grievous sins by the Lord Himself. They include infanticide (Leviticus 20:2-5), especially in connection with child sacrifice (note Leviticus 18:21) as practiced in certain idolatrous worship, spiritism (Leviticus 20:6,27), cursing of parents (Leviticus 20:9), adultery (Leviticus 20:10), incest (Leviticus 20:11), homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), bestiality (Leviticus 20:15-16), and others. They were punishable by death in Israel, in order to maintain the holiness of the people as a nation set apart to God (Leviticus 20:23-26). Whether or not such punishments should be enforced today is controversial; it is at least obvious that God hates such sins. Yet all are being promoted today in the modern revival of ancient paganism known as the “New-Age” morality.
20:4 seed unto Molech. Molech was the vicious god of the Ammonites, to whom children were sacrificed regularly. Despite this clear prohibition, the Israelites from time to time actually indulged in this gross wickedness (e.g., II Kings 3:27).