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.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

New American Standard 1977
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.

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.
Study Bible
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. 8You 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 is intolerable even among pagans: A man has his father's wife.

Leviticus 20:11
If there is a man who lies with his father's wife, he has uncovered his father's nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

Deuteronomy 22:30
"A man shall not take his father's wife so that he will not uncover his father's skirt.

Deuteronomy 27:20
'Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

Ezekiel 22:10
"In you they have uncovered their fathers' nakedness; in you they have humbled her who was unclean in her menstrual impurity.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Leviticus 20:11 And the man that lies with his father's wife has uncovered his father's …

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben …

Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your …

Deuteronomy 22:30 A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt.

Deuteronomy 27:20 Cursed be he that lies with his father's wife; because he uncovers …

2 Samuel 16:21,22 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, …

Ezekiel 22:10 In you have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in you have …

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and …

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

(8) The nakedness of thy father's wife.--Whilst the former prohibition refers to the son's own mother, this law is directed against illicit commerce with his stepmother. Here we have an instance where the phrase "to uncover the nakedness" denotes both illicit commerce and incestuous marriage. Accordingly the administrators of the law during the second Temple defined it as follows; a man's father's wife is for ever prohibited, whether she be simply betrothed or married to his father, whether she be divorced or not, whether she be a widow or not; all connection with her on the part of the father's son is forbidden. If he lie with her while her husband is alive, he is doubly guilty, first, because she is near of kin, and secondly, because she is another man's wife. This, therefore, includes the sin of Reuben with Bilhah, his father's concubine (Genesis 35:22), and of Absalom with the wives of his father (2Samuel 16:20-23; 1Kings 2:17), which was not incestuous marriage but adultery, since their husbands were alive and the wives were not divorced from them, as well as the sin practised among some of the Christians in Corinth, which consisted in sons actually marrying their divorced stepmothers in the lifetime of their fathers, and which the Apostle denounced with such severity (1Corinthians 5:1-4). Among the ancient Arabs, marriages with stepmothers were common, and to this day among some tribes in Africa, when a father is unable through advanced age to attend to his young wives, he voluntarily gives them over to his eldest son. The Koran, however, like the Mosaic law, proscribes these marriages (Koran, 4:27).

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. 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.
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