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blasphemy

The first biblical example of blasphemy is found in Leviticus 24:11. God provided a death sentence on the blasphemer, the son of Shelomith, and also established a standing law at this time for the stoning of blasphemers (Lev. 24:15-16. [Learn more]

In the sense of speaking evil of God, this word is found in Psalm 74:18; Isa. 52:5; Rom. 2:24; Rev. 13:1, 6; 16:9, 11, 21.

It denotes, also, any kind of malicious, false statement or accusations, or evil-speaking, or abuse of God’s name (1 Kings 21:10; Acts 13:45; 18:6, etc.).

Our Lord was accused of blasphemy when he claimed to be the Son of God (Matt. 26:65; compare Matt. 9:3; Mark 2:7).

They who deny Christ’s Messiahship blaspheme Jesus (Luke 22:65; John 10:36).

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (Matt. 12:31, 32; Mark 3:28,29; Luke 12:10) is regarded by some as a continued and obstinate rejection of the gospel, and hence is an unpardonable sin, simply because as long as a sinner remains in unbelief he voluntarily excludes himself from pardon.

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