* offered him.
In cases of great extremity, it was customary in various
heathen nations, to offer human sacrifices, and even their own
children. This was frequent among the Phoenicians, Greeks,
Romans, Scythians, Gauls, Africans, and others; and was the
natural fruit of a religious system, which had for the objects
of its worship cruel and merciless divinities. The king of
Moab, in this case, sacrificed his son to obtain the favour of
Chemosh his god, who, being a devil, delighted in blood and
murder, and the destruction of mankind. The dearer any thing
was to them, the more acceptable those idolaters thought the
sacrifice, and therefore burnt their children in the fire to
Ge 22:2,13 De 12:31 Jud 11:31,39 Ps 106:37,38 Eze 16:20
* they departed.
1Sa 14:36-46 1Ki 20:13,28,43