Iniquity (prop. עָון, ἀδικία; but represented in the A. Vers. by several other words) means in Scripture not only sin, but, by metonymy, also the punishment of sin, and the expiation of it: "Aaron will bear the iniquities of the people;" he will atone for them (Ex 28:38). The Lord "visits the iniquities of the fathers upon the children" (Ex 20:5); he sometimes causes visible effects of his wrath to fall on the children of criminal parents. "To bear iniquity" is to endure the punishment of it, to be obliged to expiate it. The priests bear the iniquity of the people; that is, they are charged with the expiation of it (Ex 28:38; Le 10:17). SEE SIN.

Definition of iniquity

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