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"Thou shalt not commit adultery"

"Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14 KJV)

The Seventh Commandment

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.

The Ten Commandments 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:

"And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death" (Leviticus 20:10 KJV)

"But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul." (Proverbs 6:32 KJV)

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:

"That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them." (Ezekiel 23:37 KJV)

"They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to Him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do ye not understand My speech? even because ye cannot hear My word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:39-44 KJV)

"If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons [see Children Of God]; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:7-9 KJV)

"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [see Who Is The Woman Riding The Beast?], full of names of blasphemy [see The Holy Father and The "Holy" Roman Empire], having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the Martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:3-6 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is God's true church symbolized as faithful and pure?
2 Corinthians 11:2, James 1:27

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