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The 7th Commandment

The 7th Commandment

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Sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate and beautiful acts shared by two individuals when it is approached biblically. When it is perverted or adulterated, it becomes one of mankind’s most debased, obscene, and repugnant of acts.
Sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate and beautiful acts shared by two individuals when it is approached biblically. When it is perverted or adulterated, it becomes one of mankind’s most debased, obscene, and repugnant of acts.

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Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not commit adultery.Exodus 20:14* [*All Scripture is quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.Portions of Scripture have been omitted for brevity’s sake. If there are questions regarding any passage, please open your Bible and study the text to ensure that it has been properly used.]The Seventh Commandment is found twice in the Old Testament and six times in the NewTestament: Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 5:27, Matthew 19:18, Mark 10:19, Luke18:20, Romans 13:9, and James 2:11.This book is devoted to the sexual intimacy that Yahweh** [**
YHWH
, most often pronouncedYahweh, is the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton (
hw`hy))
), the principal Hebrewname of the God of the Bible.
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] designed for a man and a woman joined together in holymatrimony to experience and enjoy. After Yahweh provided Eve as his helpmeet, Adam referredto this husband and wife relationship in the following manner:…This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and hismother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.Genesis 2:23-24When this “one flesh” relationship between a husband and his wife is approached andexperienced as Yahweh intends it, sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate and beautiful actsshared by a man and a woman. However, when it is perverted or adulterated, it becomes one of mankind’s most debased, obscene, and repugnant acts. When man turns away from Yahweh’screated order, he makes what is beautiful ugly, what is wholesome obscene, and what is lovelyvulgar. In short, man makes what is good evil, what is light dark, and what is sweet bitter – Isaiah5:20.Without Yahweh and His laws, man is capable of devising, participating in, and justifying thevilest behavior. The Seventh Commandment – the antithesis of mankind’s decadent sexualconduct – brings Yahweh’s condemnation upon the sin of adultery.
Adultery
Adultery is sexual relations with anyone besides one’s husband or wife. However, this limitedapplication does not encompass the full scope of the Seventh Commandment. Adultery is not
merely
having extra-marital relations. All sexual transgressions, as defined by the Bible, fallunder the Seventh Commandment. Adultery is
any
sexual violation that defiles the marriage bed.
Webster’s
 
 American Dictionary of the English Language
(1828) corroborates this broader definition:1. Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or mayintroduce, into a family, a spurious offspring. In common usage, adultery means theunfaithfulness of any married person to the marriage bed…. 2.
In a scriptural sense
,
all manner of lewdness or unchastity
,
as in the seventh commandment
.
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Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
defines “adulterate”:
 
…To corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance… spurious.
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Infidelity, miscegenation, sodomy, bestiality, incest, and other immoral sexual relations satisfythis definition because they all corrupt, debase, and make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance.Hebrews 13:4, which is probably the best commentary on the Seventh Commandment, associatesnot only
moixou\$ ((((
(
moichous
), the Greek word translated “adulterers,” with defiling themarriage bed, but also
po/rnou$
 
(
 pornous
), the Greek word translated “whoremongers” or “fornicators.”Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.Hebrews 13:4, NASVHebrews 13:4 in the New American Standard Version (
 NASV
), is very similar to The Bible inBasic English’s translation of Exodus 20:14: “Do not be false to the married relation.”
 Pornous
, a form of 
 porneia
from which our English word “pornography” is derived, is usuallytranslated “fornication” in the New Testament.
 Pornous
or 
 porneia
are much more inclusive thanmost Christians* [*Not everyone claiming to be a Christian has been properly instructed in theBiblical plan of salvation. Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:36-41, 22:1-16, Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:26-27, Colossians 2:11-13, and 1 Peter 3:21 should be studied to understand what is required to becovered by the blood of Yashua and forgiven of your sins.
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] realize. While fornication is nearlyalways portrayed as the sexual misconduct between an unmarried couple, this is only one form of  p
orneia
.Incest is described as
 porneia
in 1 Corinthians 5:It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication …that one should have his father’s wife.1 Corinthians 5:1Harlotry is identified as
 porneia
in 1 Corinthians 6:…The body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body…. Shall Ithen take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?...1 Corinthians 6:13-15Esau’s forbidden-lineage relationships with Canaanite women are described as
 pornos
inHebrews 12:Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God … lest there be
 
any fornicator … as Esau….Hebrews 12:15-16Sodomy
 
or 
 
homosexuality is defined by
e)kporneu/sasai
(
ekporneusasai
), a Greek wordclosely related to
 porneia
, in Jude 1:
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…As Sodom and Gomorrha … giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh
 
[women with women and men with men – Romans 1:26-27]….Jude 1:7These four acts of sexual immorality – incest, harlotry, forbidden-lineage relationships, andsodomy – are identified in the New Testament as
 porneia
or fornication. Miscegenation and bestiality, although not identified as
 porneia
in the New Testament, also constitute
 porneia
andcan be placed under the broader heading of adultery. Because Yahwehs design for sexualintimacy is exclusive to the marital relationship between a husband and his wife, sexual sinscommitted prior to the wedding also defile the marriage bed.In short, adultery is
any
sexual impropriety that is false to the marriage covenant.
Incest
 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness:I am
YHWH
.* [*Where the Tetragrammaton
hw`hy+
(
YHWH
) – the four Hebrewcharacters that represent the personal name of God – has been incorrectly rendered the
LORD
or 
GOD
in English translations, I have taken the liberty to correct this error byinserting
YHWH
.
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]Leviticus 18:6Verse 6 condemns all incestuous relationships. The twelve verses that follow expand upon thisstatute by prohibiting sexual relationships between parents and children, siblings or half-siblings,grandparents and grandchildren, uncles or aunts and nephews or nieces, and in-laws.Leviticus 18:7-8 uses the idiom “uncovering your father’s nakedness” to describe incest with a person’s mother or stepmother:The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: sheis thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. The nakedness of thy father’s wifeshalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.Leviticus 18:7-8The phrase “discover his father’s skirt” in Deuteronomy 22:30 and the phrase “uncovereth hisfather’s skirt” in Deuteronomy 27:20 are also euphemistic descriptions of incest with a person’smother or stepmother.The proper understanding of these phrases is crucial to understanding Yahweh’s judgment upon Noah’s grandson Canaan. Many Bible readers are bewildered as to why Canaan was cursed for his father Ham’s sin in Genesis 9:…Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethrenwithout…. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son [Ham] haddone unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be untohis brethren….Genesis 9:22-27The Biblical interpretation of the phrase “the nakedness of his father” reveals why the curse wasupon Canaan and his descendants, and not any of Ham’s other sons and their descendants. Whenyou permit the Bible – specifically Leviticus 18:7-8, Deuteronomy 22:30 and 27:20 – to be its
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