Don't Defile the Israelite RaceAnd when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. Gen 34:2 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out. The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. Gen 34:26-27
A primitive root; to be foul, especially in a ceremonial or moral sense (contaminated): - defile (self), pollute (self), be (make, make self, pronounce) unclean, X utterly.
What is not noted in the above Strong's definition of tame is the most important meaning it could possibly have, which is to defile the racial purity of the House of Israel as described in Genesis 34:26. This has little to do with the "ceremonial" or "moral" sense and is far more important to the survival of the Israelite Race than following ceremonial laws. Because of misleading definitions like this, it's impossible to comprehend what the following Scripture means, particularly if you don't know that the same Hebrew word is used for defile, nor that the "idols" referred to here are actually non-Israelites or mamzers with whom miscegenation is possible:
The following Scripture underscores that it's a sexual act which causes a woman to be defiled:
defiled; Num 5:29
The appearance of both tame and tumah in the same Scripture indicates the close relationship between defiled and uncleanness:
Young's Literal Translation, which translates niddah as separated one rather than removed woman, provides additional evidence that tumah is racial rather than merely sexual or spiritual impurity.
The nakedness of a father hath one uncovered in thee, The defiled of impurity they humbled in thee. Eze 22:10Eze 36:17
From H5074; properly rejection; by implication impurity, especially personal (menstruation) or moral (idolatry, incest): - X far, filthiness, X flowers, menstruous (woman), put apart, X removed (woman), separation, set apart, unclean (-ness, thing, with filthiness).
Zec 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Lev 5:3 Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatsoever uncleanness it be that a man shall be defiled withal, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty.
Lam 1:9 Herfilthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself
Eze 22:15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thyfilthiness out of thee.
Eze 24:11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that thefilthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.
Eze 24:13 In thyfilthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.
Ezr 6:21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from thefilthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,
Lev 16:16 And he shall atone for the sanctuary because of thepollutions of the sons of Israel, and because of their transgressions for all their sins. And so he shall do for the tabernacle of the congregation dwelling in the midst of their pollutions.
Lev 18:19 `And unto a woman in the separation of heruncleanness thou dost not draw near to uncover her nakedness.
Lev 22:3 Tell them, 'If anyone of all your seed throughout your generations approaches the holy things, which the children of Israel make holy to Yahweh, having hisuncleanness on him, that soul shall be cut off from before me. I am Yahweh.
Lev 7:20But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
Num 5:19The priest shall cause her to swear, and shall tell the woman, 'If no man has lain with you, and if you haven't gone aside to uncleanness, being under your husband, be free from this water of bitterness that brings a curse.
2Sa 11:4And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
2Ch 29:16And the priests went into the inner part of the house of Jehovah to clean, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of Jehovah to the court of the house of Jehovah; and the Levites received and took it out to the torrent Kidron outside
Ezr 9:11that Thou hast commanded by the hands of thy servants the prophets, saying, The land into which ye are going to possess it, is a land of impurity, by the impurity of the people of the lands, by their abominations with which they have filled it--from mouth unto mouth--by their uncleanness;
Eze 36:17`Son of man, The house of Israel are dwelling on their land, And they defile it by their way and by their doings, As the uncleanness of a separated one hath their way been before Me.
Eze 39:24According to their uncleanness, And according to their transgressions, I have done with them, And I do hide My face from them.
Eze 36:29And I have saved you from all your uncleannesses, And I have called unto the corn, and multiplied it, And I have put no famine upon you.