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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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Published by: Mission to Israel Ministries on Mar 30, 2009
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Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with
her.
Leviticus 18:20

With the limited definition that most Christians assign to the Commandment “Thou shalt not
commit adultery,” many people think that this verse is nothing more than a reiteration of the
Seventh Commandment. Leviticus 18:20, however, is one of many statutes that falls under and
helps to explain the Seventh Commandment.

The Bible contains many warnings against marital infidelity and its consequences:

…Wisdom … knowledge … discretion … [and] understanding shall … deliver thee
from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words…. For
her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her
return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
Proverbs 2:10-19

Within marriage, sexual relations are meant to produce life. Outside of marriage, they can lead to
death, both physically and spiritually.

The last statement of in Proverbs 2:10 is intentionally hyperbolic for the sake of emphasis. King
David, among others, returned to the paths of life after repenting of their sexual unfaithfulness.
The Apostle Paul commented about such people:

Know ye not that … neither fornicators… nor adulterers … shall inherit the kingdom of
God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Yashua,* [*Yashua is the English transliteration of our
Savior’s Hebrew name.7

] and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The number of people who escape the addictive nature of this sin are far fewer than those who,
once entrapped, are unable to flee its dire consequences. King Solomon devoted a good portion of
four chapters in Proverbs to warning his sons about the dangers of marital infidelity and
whoremongering:

…The lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than
oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to
death; her steps take hold on hell [sheol]…. Remove thy way far from her, and come
not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years
unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth … and thou mourn at the last,
when thy flesh and thy body are consumed…. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart;
neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is
brought to a piece of bread…. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be
burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to

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his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. …whoso
committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth
his own soul…. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine
eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart…. That they
may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her
words. For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, and beheld
among the simple ones ... a young man void of understanding…. And, behold, there met
him … an harlot … subtil of heart…. So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an
impudent face said unto him, … Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning….
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she
forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool
to the correction of the stocks; till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the
snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life…. Let not thine heart decline to her ways,
go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong
men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell [sheol], going down to the
chambers of death.
Proverbs 5:3 - 7:27

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