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The Seventh Commandment
by Wayne Blank
Knowing Who Your Father Is
When a child is born, there is no doubt what-so-ever as to who the mother is. But, as has been the case throughout all of human history, the identity of the father is sometimes less than certain. Sometimes the mother herself isn't sure, all as a result of a man and woman committing adultery or fornication. It is no coincidence that both of the original Hebrew words of the Scriptures, one (pronounced) mam-zare, translated as adultery in "You shall not commit adultery" of Exodus 20:14, and the other (pronounced) naw-af, translated as bastard in The King James Version (see also The King James Preface) of the Holy Bible (e.g. Deuteronomy 23:2 and Zechariah 9:6) literally mean the same thing, to alienate.
By the Biblical definition, an adulterer was a man who had illicit relations with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress, while illicit relations between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication - all of which were a very serious offense in God's eyes:
"If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death." (Leviticus 20:10 RSV)
Knowing Who Your Spiritual Father Is
Spiritual adultery - idolatry, the worship of false gods, and apostasy - is also prohibited. Forever remaining spiritually faithful is ultimately what the Seventh Commandment is about:
"For they have committed adultery, and blood is upon their hands; with their idols they have committed adultery" (Ezekiel 23:37 RSV)
Fact Finder: Is God's true church symbolized as faithful and pure?