What does the Old Testament say about homosexuality?


Clarify Share Report Asked December 25 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Emilio 1992 Emo Tenorio Shomer
I humbly submit some Old Testament scriptures.

Genesis 13:13; Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.

Genesis 19:4; But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.

Genesis 19:5; And they called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them."

Genesis 19:7; and said, "I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.

Leviticus 18:22; You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Leviticus 18:30; So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God." 

Leviticus 20:13; If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

Deuteronomy 32:32; For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of poison; their clusters are bitter;

Deuteronomy 32:33; their wine is the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps.

Judges 19:22; As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him."

Judges 19:24; Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing."

1 Kings 14:24; and there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations that the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.

1 Kings 15:12; He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

1 Kings 22:46; And from the land he exterminated the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa.

Ezekiel 16:49; Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Isaiah 3:9; For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves. 

In the Lord's freedom always.....warrior on

December 25 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The two primary passages in the Old Testament Law regarding homosexuality were Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. In addition, the actions of the men of Sodom described in Genesis 19:5 (prior to the giving of the Law) present a desire for homosexual activity as part of the sinfulness contributing to the basis for God's destruction of Sodom.

I have heard citations of relationships such as that described between David and Jonathan (starting in 1 Samuel 18:1) in arguments claiming that the Old Testament condones homosexual relationships, but I would say that those texts cannot be properly construed as implying homosexual activity between them. An accurate interpretation of their relationship is noted at https://www.gotquestions.org/David-and-Jonathan.html.

December 25 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Review the classic OT passages on homosexual behavior:

Genesis 19:4-8 In Genesis 19:4-6, "Sodom and Gomorrah have become the byword for wickedness. This story shows us why. All of the men of the city were consumed with lust to the point that visitors to the city could not expect to be treated with hospitality, but rather with violation." -- Larry White 

Ezekiel 16:49-50

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13 "The Hebrew writers used phrases instead. They defined the action as 'when a man lies with another man as with a woman.' This is understood to be sexual intercourse. It is very plain and unambiguous in its word usage. Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 describe the practice and each is followed by a passage (Leviticus 18:24-25, Leviticus 20:22-23) that reinforces the notion that there is judgment from God for the society that condones these practices. If there is a pattern that repeats like this in the Bible, it is very much worth paying attention to as it represents a consistent expression of God’s will in a particular area." -- Larry White

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