Born Of A Forbidden Marriage

Q. Re: Deut. 23:2. I love your website and have learned many things reading your posts. I was wondering if you could please explain this verse to me. I would appreciate it very much.

A. Here’s the NIV version of Deut. 23:2. “No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.” The phrase “born of a forbidden marriage” is a polite way of referring to an illegitimate child. The Hebrew word used in this verse could refer to a child of incest, or of adultery, or in cases where one parent was not Jewish. The Lord’s intention was to keep His people pure, so these children and nine generations of their descendants were not to be counted among the covenant people.

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