ABOMINATION (βδέλυγμα)

Like ‘taste’—originally a , then a mental term,—‘abomination’ denotes that for which and His people have a distaste. It refers in the OT to the feeling: of repulsion against prohibited foods ( 11:10, 14:3), then to everything connected with (Dt 7:25, Ro 2:22 [Gr.]).* it acquires a moral , and together with fornication stigmatizes all the immoralities of heathendom (Rev 17:4, 5). Its intensest use is reserved for hypocrisy, the last offence against religion (Lk 16:15, Tit 1:16, Rev 21:27).

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* Cf. the well-known , ‘abomination of desolation,’ applied to a ( 12:11; cf. 1 Mac 1:54, Mt 24:15, Mk 13:14). See . ‘Abomination of Desolation’ in HDB.

Smith, S. (1916-1918). Abomination. In J. Hastings (Ed.), Dictionary of the (2 Vols.) (J. Hastings, Ed.) (1:3-4). : Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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