* And if a woman.
We are assured by Herodotus (in Euterp.) that the
abominations here referred to existed among the Egyptians,
and even formed part of their superstitious religious system,
and we have reason to believe that they were not uncommon
among the Canaanites. (See ch. 18:24, 25). Need we wonder
then, that God should have made laws of this nature, and
appointed the punishment of death for these crimes? This one
observation will account for many of those strange
prohibitions which we find in the Mosaic law.
* and the beast.
Ex 19:13 21:28,32 Heb 12:20