What does Pollute mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
תַחֲנִ֣יפוּ to be profaned 1
לְטַמְּאֽוֹ to be unclean 1

Definitions Related to Pollute


   1 to be profaned, be defiled, be polluted, be corrupt.
      1a (Qal).
         1a1 to be polluted.
         1a2 to be profane, be godless.
      1b (Hiphil).
         1b1 to Pollute.
         1b2 to make profane, make godless, cause to be defiled.


   1 to be unclean, become unclean, become impure.
      1a (Qal) to be or become unclean.
         1a1 sexually.
         1a2 religiously.
         1a3 ceremonially.
      1b (Niphal).
         1b1 to defile oneself, be defiled.
            1b1a sexually.
            1b1b by idolatry.
            1b1c ceremonially.
         1b2 to be regarded as unclean.
      1c (Piel).
         1c1 to defile.
            1c1a sexually.
            1c1b religiously.
            1c1c ceremonially.
         1c2 to pronounce unclean, declare unclean (ceremonially).
         1c3 to profane (God’s name).
      1d (Pual) to be defiled.
      1e (Hithpael) to be unclean.
      1f (Hothpael) to be defiled.

Frequency of Pollute (original languages)

Frequency of Pollute (English)


Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Pollute
* For POLLUTE see DEFILE , A, No. 1
Holman Bible Dictionary - Pollute
See Clean, Cleanness .
Webster's Dictionary - Pollute
(v. t.) To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor.
(a.) Polluted.
(v. t.) To render ceremonially unclean; to disqualify or unfit for sacred use or service, or for social intercourse.
(v. t.) To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to soil; to desecrate; - used of physical or moral defilement.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Pollute
Châlal (חָלַל, Strong's #2490), “to pollute, defile, profane, begin.” This word is used more than 225 times in the Old Testament. As a verb, châlal is used in what seem to be two quite different ways. In one sense, the word means “to pollute” or “to profane.” In the second usage the word has the sense of “to begin.”
The most frequent use of this Hebrew root is in the sense of “to pollute, defile.” This may be a ritual defilement, such as that resulting from contact with a dead body (Lev. 21:4), or the ceremonial profaning of the sacred altar by the use of tools in order to shape the stones (Exod. 20:25). Holy places may be profaned (Ezek. 7:24); the name of God (Ezek. 20:9) and even God Himself (Ezek. 22:26) may be profaned. The word is often used to describe the defilement which results from illicit sexual acts, such as harlotry (Lev. 21:9) or violation of one’s father’s bed (Gen. 49:4—the first occurrence).
In more than 50 instances, this root is used in the sense of “to begin.” Perhaps the most important of such uses is found in Gen. 4:26. There it is stated that after the birth of Seth, who was born to Adam and Eve after the murder of Abel by Cain, “men began to call upon the name of the Lord” (RSV). The Septuagint translates it something like this: “he hoped [1] to call on the name of the Lord God.” The Jerusalem Bible says: “This man was the first to invoke the name of Yahweh.” One must ask whether the writer meant to say that it was not until the birth of Enosh, the son of Seth, that people “began” to call on the name of the Lord altogether, or whether he meant that this was the first time the name Yahweh was used. In view of the accounts in Gen. 1-3, neither of these seems likely. Perhaps the writer is simply saying that in contrast to the apparent non-Godfearing attitude expressed by Cain, the generation beginning with Seth and his son Enosh was known for its God-fearing way of life. Perhaps, in view of the passive intensive verb form used here, the meaning is something like this: “Then it was begun again to call on the name of the Lord.”

Sentence search

Polluting - ) Adapted or tending to Pollute; causing defilement or pollution. ) of Pollute...
Coinquinate - ) To Pollute
Conspurcate - ) To Pollute; to defile
Pollute - * For Pollute see DEFILE , A, No
Adulter - ) To commit adultery; to Pollute
Polluted - ) of Pollute...
Contaminate - ) Contaminated; defiled; Polluted; tainted. ) To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to Pollute; to defile
Enseam - ) To cover with grease; to defile; to Pollute
Defile - ) To make ceremonially unclean; to Pollute. ) To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to Pollute
Debauch - ) To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to Pollute; to seduce; as, to debauch one's self by intemperance; to debauch a woman; to debauch an army
Defilement - It covers a variety of meanings, such as, to render legally unclean by contact with unclean things and by eating forbidden foods; to profane holy beings and objects; to Pollute sexually through adultery; to taint with sin; to soil physically as with filth, etc
Pollution - 1: ἀλίσγημα (Strong's #234 — Noun Neuter — alisgema — al-is'-ghem-ah ) akin to a late verb alisgeo, "to Pollute," denotes "a pollution, contamination," Acts 15:20 , "pollutions of idols," i
Dirt - To make foul or filthy to soil to bedaub to Pollute to defile
Defecate - ) Freed from anything that can Pollute, as dregs, lees, etc
Smear - ) To soil in any way; to contaminate; to Pollute; to stain morally; as, to be smeared with infamy
Pollute - Châlal (חָלַל, Strong's #2490), “to Pollute, defile, profane, begin. In one sense, the word means “to Pollute” or “to profane. ”...
The most frequent use of this Hebrew root is in the sense of “to Pollute, defile
Blend - ) To Pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain
Blend - To Pollute by mixture to spoil or corrupt
Purity - It implies a careful and habitual guard against every thing which tends to Pollute the mind
Profane - ) To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to Pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God. ) Unclean; impure; Polluted; unholy
Puddle - ) To make foul or muddy; to Pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water)
Profane - ...
B — 1: βεβηλόω (Strong's #953 — Verb — bebeloo — beb-ay-lo'-o ) primarily, "to cross the threshold" (akin to A, which see), hence, "to profane, Pollute," occurs in Matthew 12:5 ; Acts 24:6 (the latter as in Acts 21:28,29 : cp
Mauzzim - But Antiochus also sent ‘an old man from Athens’ to ‘pollute the temple in Jerusalem, and to call it the temple of Jupiter Olympius’ ( 2Ma 6:2 )
Canker - ) To infect or Pollute; to corrupt
Basilius of Ancyra, a Presybter - Sozomen tells us that he visited the whole of the adjacent district, entreating the Christians everywhere to be constant to the faith and not to Pollute themselves with sacrifices to idols (Soz
Defile - To Pollute to make ceremonially unclean
Corrupt - To defile or Pollute
Pollution - It is a real ‘Jewish Greek’ word, very rare, and is a translation of (gâ’al, root-meaning ‘loathe,’ afterwards ‘pollute’)
Common, Commonly - See DEFILE , Pollute , UNCLEAN
Raca - (See Jeremiah 7:31-32) Joshiah, the good king, in order to Pollute this place, and render it everlastingly, hateful to Israel, commanded all the filth he could rake together, and dead men's bones, to be thrown into it
Abomination of Desolation - 3) refers to the Jews' tradition that the temple would be destroyed "if domestic hands should first Pollute it
Impurity - Of these there were several sorts: some were voluntary, as the touching a dead body, or any animal that died of itself; or any creature that was esteemed unclean; or touching things holy by one who was not clean, or was not a priest; the touching one who had a leprosy, one who had a gonorrhoea, or who was Polluted by a dead carcase, &c. Sometimes these impurities were involuntary; as when any one inadvertently touched bones, or a sepulchre, or any thing Polluted: or fell into such diseases as Pollute, as the leprosy, &c. The person Polluted plunged over head in the water, ; and either had his clothes on when he did so, or washed himself and his clothes separately
Defile, Defilement - A — 1: κοινόω (Strong's #2840 — Verb — koinoo — koy-no'-o ) denotes (a) "to make common;" hence, in a ceremonial sense, "to render unholy, unclean, to defile," Matthew 15:11,18,20 ; Mark 7:15,18,20,23 ; Acts 21:28 (RV, "defiled;" AV, "polluted"); Hebrews 9:13 (RV, "them that have been defiled," AV, "the unclean"); (b) "to count unclean," Acts 10:15 ; 11:9 . ...
A — 2: μιαίνω (Strong's #3392 — Verb — miano — me-ah'ee-no ) primarily, "to stain, to tinge or dye with another color," as in the staining of a glass, hence, "to Pollute, contaminate, soil, defile," is used (a) of "ceremonial defilement," John 18:28 ; so in the Sept
Daniel - He was chosen, with his three companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, to reside at Nebuchadnezzar's court, where he received a suitable education, and made great progress in all the sciences of the Chaldeans, but declined to Pollute himself by eating provisions from the king's table, which would often be ceremonially unclean to a Jew, or defiled by some connection with idol-worship
Uncleanness - Nay, contact with one slain in the field of battle or with even a human bone or grave, was no less effectual to Pollute than that with a corpse dead by the course of nature
Blood - First, it can mean “blood shed by violence”: “So ye shall not Pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein …” ( Petilianus, a Donatist Bishop - The writer accuses the Catholics of making necessary a repetition of baptism because he says they Pollute the souls of those whom they baptize
Antiochus - Daniel relates "They shall Pollute the ...
sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the ...
abomination that maketh desolate
Abomination of Desolation - Having seized the Temple, they made it a stronghold, and ‘entered the sanctuary with Polluted feet’ (μεμιασμένοις τοῖς ποσὶ παρῄεσαν εἰς τὸ ἄγιον). In support of this view it is urged (a) that the ‘little Apocalypse’ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, a passage closely resembling this) clearly contemplates a Jewish apostasy; (b) that the word used in Daniel (שׁקּוּץ = βδέλυγμα) is properly used not of idolatry in the abstract, but of idolatry or false worship adopted by Jews (1 Kings 11:5, 2 Kings 23:13, Ezekiel 5:11); (c) that there was among the Jews a tradition to the effect that Jerusalem would be destroyed if their own hands should Pollute the Temple of God (ἐὰν χεῖρες οἰκεῖαι προμιάνωσι τὸ τοῦ θεοῦ τέμενος, Josephus BJ iv vi
Jude, Epistle of - Would-be shepherds, they sacrilegiously Pollute the love-feasts; delusive prophets, hopelessly dead in sin, shameless in their apostasy, theirs is the doom foretold by Enoch on the godless
Incest - One who would Pollute Israel's relationship with God, if caught, was to be eradicated from the community in order that the community's relationship with God might remain unimpeded
Assumption of Moses - They are divided as to the truth, and Pollute the altar with their non-Aaronic priests, ‘not priests but slaves, sons of slaves’ (Jason and Menelaus). Though unclean in land and mind, they say, ‘Do not touch me, lest thou shouldest Pollute me. The altar is Polluted only by injustice (5:4)
High Priest - The expiatory death of the high priest removed blood guilt that would Pollute the land (compare Numbers 35:33 )
Adultery - " The priest then wrote the terms of the law in this form:—"If a strange man hath not come near you, and you are not Polluted by forsaking the bed of your husband, these bitter waters, which I have cursed, will not hurt you: but if you have Polluted yourself by coming near to another man, and gone astray from your husband,—may you be accursed of the Lord, and become an example for all his people; may your thigh rot, and your belly swell till it burst; may these cursed waters enter into your belly, and being swelled therewith, may your thighs putrefy. If the wife was innocent, she returned with her husband, and the waters, so far from injuring her, increased her health, and made her more fruitful; but if she was guilty, she grew pale immediately, her eyes swelled; and, lest she should Pollute the temple, she was instantly carried out, with these symptoms upon her, and died instantly, with all the ignominious circumstances related in the curses
Judas - " (Job 1:6) But was the meeting unhallowed to the sons of God because the devil came in the midst? Were the apostles of Christ less apostles because Judas was "numbered with them, and had obtained part of this ministry?" (Acts 1:17) And surely if the Lord Jesus, well knowing as he did whom he had chosen, was pleased to number him for a time with the apostles, might he not for a time also allow him to sit down with the apostles at the same table? Yea, did not the Lord Jesus expressly tell the church, that these things were his own appointment, and perfectly known in all their consequences by his divine mind, when he said, "Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" (John 6:70) If choosing Judas to be an apostle, at the time Christ knew that he was a devil, did not in the least contaminate the rest of the apostles, neither injure the cause of Jesus, it must undeniably follow, that his being present at the supper could not Pollute the supper, nor the faithful partakers of the supper
Jeroboam - Break the Sabbath law, neglect God's house, do despite to His means of grace, drink, bet, Pollute yourself, scoff, blaspheme: your soul is your own
the Prodigal Son - But once Pollute, by bad books or bad companionships, a young man's mind and imagination, and nothing in this world will hold that young man back from perdition. It was some one like my early friend who Polluted that young man's imagination till nothing could keep him back from becoming the prodigal son of whom our Lord here tells us all these things for our warning and for our rebuke
the Rich Man And Lazarus - At the same time he did not issue an angry order that that putrifying corpse, called Lazarus, must no more Pollute the air before the door of his mansion
Sacrifices - By purity and seemliness of outward behaviour everything that tended to Pollute the mind was atrophied, and only what was helpful to the higher nature was allowed to influence the future
Persecution - If you attempt to defend religion by blood, and torments, and evil, this is not to defend, but to violate and Pollute it; for there is nothing that should be more free than the choice of religion, in which, if consent be wanting, it becomes entirely void and ineffectual
Lust - Lust is also said to Pollute the soul (2 Peter 2:10)
Millenarians - John to leave out the court which is without the temple, and not to measure it, for this reason, because "it is given to the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months," Revelation 11:2 ; that is, they shall Pollute and profane the worship and communion of the church during the one thousand two hundred and sixty years of antichrist's reign, so that it cannot be measured by the rule of God's word
Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - Those at variance must not Pollute the sacrifice by coming without having been first reconciled