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** [**
, most often pronouncedYahweh, is the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton (
), the principal Hebrewname of the God of the Bible.
] 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 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
having extra-marital relations. All sexual transgressions, as defined by the Bible, fallunder the Seventh Commandment. Adultery is
sexual violation that defiles the marriage bed.
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
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary