What does the word abomination stand for?

Author: BibleAsk Team


The general meaning of the word abomination or abominable in the Bible is: Something detestable, unlawful or repulsive. The words abomination and abominations appear in the New King James Version of the Bible 152 times. Some of these abominations before God include:

  • Dishonesty (Proverbs 12:22)
  • Pride (Proverbs 16:5)
  • Ignoring God’s law (Proverbs 28:9)
  • Hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)
  • Adultery (Ezekiel 18: 6-13)
  • Robbery (Ezekiel 18: 6-13)
  • Lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17; 12:22)
  • Cheating (Micah 6:10)
  • Making images/idols (Deuteronomy 27:15)
  • Devising evil (Proverbs 6:16-19)
  • Eating “unclean” animals (Leviticus 11:8, 11, 13, 23)
  • Any traffic with demons (Deuteronomy 18:7-12)
  • Same sex acts (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:18)
  • Injustice (Ezekiel 18: 6-13)
  • Violence (Ezekiel 18: 6-13)
  • Worship of anti-Christ (Daniel 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13)
  • Customs of pagans (Leviticus 18:30)
  • Oppression of others, particularly the poor or vulnerable (Ezekiel 18: 6-13)
  • Breaking vows (Ezekeil 18: 6-13)
  • Incest (Leviticus 19: 6-30)
  • Justifying the wicked (Proverbs 17:15)

It is clear from scripture that ALL SIN is considered an abomination by God.

The Lord teaches regarding the New Jerusalem, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). Also, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). Therefore, the believer should avoid these abominations and live a holy acceptable life before the Lord by His enabling grace (2 Corinthians 3:18).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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