unto devils: Deu 32:17, 2Ch 11:15, Psa 106:37, Joh 12:31, Joh 14:30, 1Co 10:20, 2Co 4:4, Eph 2:2, Rev 9:20
devils: Seirim, properly signifies hairy or hairy ones; and hence is used not only for he-goats, but also for some fabulous beings or sylvan gods, to whom was ascribed the form of goats. Maimonides says that the Zabian idolaters worshipped demons under the form of goats; and that this custom being spread among other nations, gave occasion to this precept. He-goats, however, are probably intended here, which were objects of divine honour among the Egyptians under the name of honour among the Egyptians under the name of Mendes. Herodotus says that all goats were worshipped in Egypt; but particularly he-goats. From these seem to have sprung Pan, Silenus, and the innumerable herd of those imaginary beings, fauns, satyrs, dryads, etc., all woodland gods, and held in veneration by the Greeks and Romans.
gone a whoring: Though this phrase is equivalent, in Scripture, to that of committing idolatry, yet it is to be taken sometimes in a literal sense. Baalpeor and Ashtaroth were worshipped with obscene rite; and public prostitution formed a great part of the worship among the Egyptians, Moabites, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans. Lev 20:5, Exo 34:15, Deu 31:16, Jer 3:1, Eze 23:8, Rev 17:1-5
Reciprocal: Exo 28:43 - a statute Lev 3:17 - a perpetual Jos 24:14 - put Jdg 2:17 - whoring 2Ch 21:11 - fornication Psa 106:39 - went Eze 20:7 - defile Eze 23:3 - in Egypt Hos 4:12 - gone Amo 5:25 - General