Leviticus 18:8
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New International Version
"'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

New Living Translation
"Do not have sexual relations with any of your father's wives, for this would violate your father.

English Standard Version
You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.

New American Standard Bible
'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness.

King James Bible
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to have sex with your father's wife; it will shame your father.

International Standard Version
"You are not to have sexual relations with your father's wife. It's your own father's nakedness.

NET Bible
You must not have sexual intercourse with your father's wife; she is your father's nakedness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never have sexual intercourse with your stepmother. She is related to you through your father.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The nakedness of thy father's wife thou shalt not uncover; it is thy father's nakedness.

King James 2000 Bible
The nakedness of your father's wife shall you not uncover: it is your father's nakedness.

American King James Version
The nakedness of your father's wife shall you not uncover: it is your father's nakedness.

American Standard Version
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's wife: for it is the nakedness of thy father.

Darby Bible Translation
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

English Revised Version
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

World English Bible
"'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife: it is your father's nakedness.

Young's Literal Translation
The nakedness of the wife of thy father thou dost not uncover; it is the nakedness of thy father.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-30 Unlawful marriages and fleshly lusts. - Here is a law against all conformity to the corrupt usages of the heathen. Also laws against incest, against brutal lusts, and barbarous idolatries; and the enforcement of these laws from the ruin of the Canaanites. God here gives moral precepts. Close and constant adherence to God's ordinances is the most effectual preservative from gross sin. The grace of God only will secure us; that grace is to be expected only in the use of the means of grace. Nor does He ever leave any to their hearts' lusts, till they have left him and his services.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover,.... That is, who is indeed a man's father's wife, but not his own mother, but a stepmother or mother-in-law; or otherwise this law would coincide with the former; a man lying with such an one is accursed by the law, Deuteronomy 27:23; such an incestuous copulation was that of Reuben with Bilhah, and Absalom with his father's concubines or secondary wives, and such an incestuous marriage was that of the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 5:1; and of Antiochus Soter, king of Syria, with Stratonice his mother-in-law (c): and even it was criminal to do this after a father's death, as Jarchi interprets it; and though she was only betrothed, and not married, and the father dead after such betrothing; as Gersom; nay, though she was divorced by the father, yet was not lawful for the son to have, no, not after his death:

it is thy father's nakedness; being espoused to him, and so one flesh with him; and the son and father being one flesh, such a mixture must be unlawful; and since then the nakedness of a mother-in-law is the father's, then surely that of an own mother's must be so likewise, which confirms a sense given of it in Leviticus 18:7, Cicero (d) exclaims against such marriages as incredible and unheard of, as instances of unbridled lust and singular impudence.

(c) Vid. Julian. in Misopogon, p. 72, &c. (d) Orat. 14. pro A. Cluentio Avito.



Leviticus 18:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unlawful Sexual Relations
7'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your mother; you are not to uncover her nakedness. 8'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness. 9The nakedness of your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 5:1
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father's wife.

Leviticus 20:11
"'If a man has sexual relations with his father's wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Deuteronomy 22:30
A man is not to marry his father's wife; he must not dishonor his father's bed.

Deuteronomy 27:20
"Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his father's wife, for he dishonors his father's bed." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

Ezekiel 22:10
In you are those who dishonor their father's bed; in you are those who violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially unclean.
Treasury of Scripture

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