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Trying to understand 1st Chronicles 23:21-23 lawful marriage or no?

The NASB1995 puts it this way: “The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, so their brothers, the sons of Kish,...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner [closed]

Proverbs 2:16-19 Proverbs 5:3-20 Proverbs 6:24-35 Proverbs 7:5-27 Proverbs 9:13-18 ( may be more broader than just adultery, sexual fornification, sexual lust because it could also include being ...
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Ambiguity on Matthew 5:32 and 19:9

In Mathew 5:32 it says if a man divorces his wife except for the cause of fornication he will make her adulterer. (So in this context the adulterer will be the woman and the man who marries her after ...
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What is the proper rendering of Song 2:6?

I've wondered for a while if the Jewish concept of Negiah (no physical affection with a non-relative of the opposite sex until you're married to them) was practiced in Bible times. One verse that may ...
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Are Jesus (Matt 5:27-30) and Paul (Rom 8:1-17) teaching different approaches to overcoming the sin of lust?

Matthew 5:27-30 (ESV): 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery ...
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Does anything in the Hebrew text of Genesis 34:2-7 suggest that Shechem's actions against were less severe than Amnon's in2 Samuel 13:11-16?

I am not trying to be insensitive but I was trying to compare nature of the sexual violations of Dinah against those of King David's daughter, Tamar. Please do Not misunderstand me. Sexual ...
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How could a woman born without a hymen prove her virginity in Deuteronomy 22?

Deuteronomy 22:20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall ...
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Is Paul expressing approval of marital intercourse as a means to keep sexual passion in check rather than beget more children at 1 Corinthians 7:1-9?

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 (NASB): Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But because of sexual immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and ...
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Will everyone be gender-neutral in Heaven, and if so, does that mean that sex was designed to be a temporary thing?

Mark 12:25 (NASB): 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Does the verse above imply that those who attain eternal ...
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Would a man looking at his own wife 'to desire her' be committing adultery according to Jesus at Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 says "but I -- I say to you, that every one who is looking on a woman to desire her, did already commit adultery with her in his heart." (Young's literal) It seems to be a ...
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Is there a possibility that in Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus is talking about masturbation?

The subject may be a bit dark for the website but in plain view of reasoning, the line of reason is that: People who masturbate often look at women with lust. For masturbation to occur (in general) ...
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What are the alternatives to marriage in 1 Cor 7:9?

1 Cor 7:8-9 (NRSV) To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to ...
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In 1 Corinthians 7:8, is Paul intentionally undoing Genesis 2:18?

1 Corinthians 7:8 (NIV): Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. Genesis 2:18 (NIV): The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I ...
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What does Leviticus 18:17 mean?

Does Leviticus 18:17 forbid all sexual relations with a mother if you had sex with her daughter or vice versa if you are not married to the one you had sexual relations with? I know the apostle Paul ...
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Does Exodus 20:14 ("thou shalt not commit adultery") include bestiality?

Bestiality is forbidden in several verses of the Old Testament. For example: Exodus 22:19 Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any ...
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1 Corinthians 7:5 - Satan's Temptation and Lack of Self-Control

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV), 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not ...
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Why is leviticus 18 a whole chapter about sexual immortally but has that one verse about child sacrifice?

Lev 18:21 says: You must not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD I feel it weird that the whole chapter is about ...
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Bible viewpoint on those who have physical characteristics that make them come under the Intersex (or hermaphrodite) category

In my opinion, it seems that the following verses emphasize the gender binary classification (i.e, Either male or only female, but mutually exclusive from each other) Genesis 1:26-28 (NASB) 26 Then ...
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Does "a woman" in Leviticus 18:19 and 20:18 refer to all women including a man's wife or just women who were not his wife

In these passages, does "a woman" include a man's own wife, or is that not included and it's just referring to women that he is not married to? Leviticus 18:19 “You shall not approach a woman to ...
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Why were the fornicators in Leviticus 19:20 not slain?

And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because ...
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Is the following analysis of Judges 19 & 20 Levite's intentions, character, behaviour & actions correct?

Despite the fact that the violent rape of the Levite's concubine was certainly horrific and wrong, the Levite himself has his own flaws: Judges 19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 But his ...
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What is the difference between adultery, fornication, uncleanness & lasciviousness in Galatians 5:19

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, What is the difference between adultery, fornication, uncleanness & ...
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Intimacy before marriage [closed]

Many pastors in today Christian world have strict rules for intimacy before marriage. Although I'm not against it, I prefer strong biblical references for any Christian principle that Christians ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

My question was inspired by this, which was closed for being "off-topic" yet nevertheless contained some interesting food for thought. Consider the following passage from Exodus. (Exodus 22:16-17, ...
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Does Leviticus 18:19 say women should be put apart during the menstrual cycle for health reasons or for defilement? [closed]

Deliberate preaching of the "whole counsel of God" will naturally encourage pastoral caregivers to continue the important conversation in Leviticus 18 as it carefully illustrates the pitfalls and the ...
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Can Romans 1:26-27 'unnatural use' be understood as temple prostitution? Also, is lesbianism condemned here?

NOTE 1: I see people showing me their resoning that homosexuality deserves condemnation, I know that and fully endorse, the question is about meaning of these verses, not judgement of homosexuals, as ...
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What does "Porneia" mean? [closed]

Some say that the Greek word "πορνεία", "porneia", means sexual immorality in general, while others say that the word only describes sex outside of marriage. In the following ...
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In Matthew 19:10 why did Jesus' disciples ask Jesus if it is better not to marry?

There is a question, to Jesus, whether a man can divorce his wife for any reason. Shammai and Hillel are the pharisees school of thought at that time. Hillel the liberal jew says that you can ...
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In Proverbs 30:20 what is so evil about a woman wiping her mouth after she eats?

KJV Pro 30:20  Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness. http://biblehub.com/proverbs/30-20.htm If so, is this intended to ...
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What is the significance of copulating in the same place one was born (in Song of Songs)?

I can think of few times in the Song of Songs where the sexual union is strongly connected with the place of birth 8:5 (NIV): Under the apple tree I roused you;     there your mother conceived ...
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Was Jacob so Sexually driven that He mistook Leah for Rachel?

In the biblical scripture reference below, would it be correct to say that Jacob is more driven by sexual urges than the overall need to be married for companionship? The reason I'm asking is because ...
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Why is "sacrificing children to Molek" part of the section discussing unlawful sexual relations?

In Leviticus 18, God tells Moses in detail what types of sexual relations — that, apparently, were practiced in Egypt (where they were brought out) and were being practiced in Canaan (where they are ...
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Why doesn't Leviticus 18 forbid a man from incest with his daughter?

Leviticus 18 goes through a whole litany of relationships, forbidding a man from incest with his mother, step-mom, granddaughter, sister or half-sister, step-sister, aunt, sister-in-law, etc... But ...
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Why doesn't the penalty in Leviticus 21:9 apply equally?

In Leviticus 21:9 (NIV), the text states 'If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.' Why is this limited only to a ...
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Does Deut. 28:30, 63 indicate God sometimes takes joy in rape?

Consider Deut. 28:30, 63 - 30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, ...
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Is "rape" the correct interpretation of the "עִנִּיתָֽהּ" in Deuteronomy 21:10-14?

Deuteronomy 21:10-14 (NAU) When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, and see among the captives a beautiful ...
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Could the fall have been a sexual act?

In chapter 2 of Genesis the man and woman in Garden Eden are described. It says in the end: Genesis 2:25 (ESV) 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Then the ...
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What is sacred prostitution?

What is the "sacred prostitution" mentioned in Deuteronomy 23:17 and then in I Kings 14:24? They mention it is something awful, but I cannot imagine what it is in the first place.
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Reuben lay with Bilhah. Did Naphtali too?

Genesis 35:22 states that Reuben lay with Bilhah: It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. (NASB) ...
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Lev 18 - Is it "uncovering nakedness" or is it "having sexual relations with"?

In Leviticus 18, from verse 6 then on, there is a big chunk of passages about not "uncovering the nakedness" of relatives...or is it about not "having sexual relations with" them? This link provides ...
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αρσενοκοίτης (Arsenokoites): Compound words in Greek

In two texts in The Bible, the word αρσενοκοίτης (Arsenokoites) appears. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; ...
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How to understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13

In Leviticus, there are two different texts which deal with homosexual intercourse. The first is in 18:22 and the second in 20:13 (all citations NIV): Lev 18:22: Do not have sexual relations with a ...
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"Adultery in your heart" verse

Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. “You heard it was said, ‘Do ...
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What does it mean to "not awaken love until it pleases"? [duplicate]

It says 3 times in Song of Solomon, "don't awaken love until it pleases". What does awakening love until it pleases exactly mean? SOS 2:7 ESV I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the ...
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What did Paul mean by "Arsenokoitēs"? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?

The below two paragraphs often pop up when one discusses/debates about Biblical stance towards homosexuality. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not ...
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What implications does the expression "giving in marriage" have for the existence of sexuality after the ressurection?

In reading various different translations of the following passage (emphasis mine), I presume that Mathew indicates than there will be gender at the resurrection. Also a plain reading of the text ...
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In Psalm 45:14 what does it mean that "the virgins...shall be brought" to the king?

First of all, I'm a layperson. Psalm 45:14 (KJV) "She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework; the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto Thee." Hebrew ...
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Does Theophilus of Antioch's statement have any bearing on interpreting Mathew 5:28?

I found a quote on this site which calls into question the accuracy of Matthew 5:28 in the KJV according to a quotation of Theophilus of Antioch: "ἡ δὲ εὐαγγέλιος φωνὴ ἐπιτατικώτερον διδάσκει περὶ ...
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Did Adam and Eve not have sex in the Garden of Eden?

In the first few chapters of Genesis, we see God create Adam and Eve and then tell them to reproduce. Genesis 1:28 (NLT) 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill ...
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Are we to consider texts such as Song of Songs 2:3 to be euphemistically sexual?

Any student of Hebrew will attest to the oft use of euphemistic phrases in the language (ie. "the way of women is upon me" and "cover his feet). Given the oft debated nature of the Song ...