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Chapter 23

A man shall not marry his father’s wife,[a] nor shall he dishonor his father’s bed.(A)

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  1. 23:1 Father’s wife: stepmother.

[a]You shall not disgrace your father by having intercourse with your mother.(A) She is your own mother; you shall not have intercourse with her. You shall not have intercourse with your father’s wife, for that would be a disgrace to your father.

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Footnotes

  1. 18:7–8 Cf. the story of Reuben lying with Bilhah, his father’s concubine and Rachel’s maid (Gn 35:22; 49:4).

11 If a man disgraces his father by lying with his father’s wife,(A) the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them.

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