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Don't Defile the Israelite Race

And 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:

But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: Eze 20:18

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols [read: mamzers], will I cleanse you. Eze 36:25

The following Scripture underscores that it's a sexual act which causes a woman to be defiled:

This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled; Num 5:29

The appearance of both tame and tumah in the same Scripture indicates the close relationship between defiled and uncleanness:

In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution. Eze 22:10

Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness [H2932] of a removed woman. Eze 36:17




From H2980; religious impurity: - filthiness, unclean (-ness).

BDB Definition:

1) uncleanness

1a) sexual

1b) of filthy mass

1c) ethical and religious

1d) ritual

1e) local (of nations)

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 22:10

`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 [H5079] hath their way been before Me. Eze 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 Her filthiness 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 thy filthiness 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 the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

Eze 24:13 In thy filthiness 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 the filthiness 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 the pollutions 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 her uncleanness 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 his uncleanness on him, that soul shall be cut off from before me. I am Yahweh.

Lev 7:20 But 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 5:19 The 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 11:4 And 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.

Surely having sex with David is not what purified or sanctified her.   As Bath-sheba was an Israelite married to a Hittite, Uriah, and as she laid with the king of Israel, the purification must have taken place before David had sex with Bath-sheba.

2Ch 29:16 And 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 9:11 that 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 39:24 According to their uncleanness, And according to their transgressions, I have done with them, And I do hide My face from them.

Eze 36:29 And 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.