Numbers 5:31
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.'"

New Living Translation
The husband will be innocent of any guilt in this matter, but his wife will be held accountable for her sin."

English Standard Version
The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.”

New American Standard Bible
'Moreover, the man will be free from guilt, but that woman shall bear her guilt.'"

King James Bible
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The husband will be free of guilt, but that woman will bear the consequences of her guilt."

International Standard Version
The husband will be free from guilt, but the wife is to bear the punishment of her iniquity."

NET Bible
Then the man will be free from iniquity, but that woman will bear the consequences of her iniquity.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The husband isn't guilty of doing anything wrong, but the woman will suffer the consequences of her sin."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And that man shall be free from iniquity, and the woman shall bear her iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

American King James Version
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

American Standard Version
And the man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The husband shall be blameless, and she shall bear her iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shall the man be free from iniquity, but that woman shall bear her iniquity.

English Revised Version
And the man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

World English Bible
The man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and the man hath been acquitted from iniquity, and that woman doth bear her iniquity.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:11-31 This law would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. On the other hand, it would hinder the cruel treatment such suspicions might occasion. It would also hinder the guilty from escaping, and the innocent from coming under just suspicion. When no proof could be brought, the wife was called on to make this solemn appeal to a heart-searching God. No woman, if she were guilty, could say Amen to the adjuration, and drink the water after it, unless she disbelieved the truth of God, or defied his justice. The water is called the bitter water, because it caused the curse. Thus sin is called an evil and a bitter thing. Let all that meddle with forbidden pleasures, know that they will be bitterness in the latter end. From the whole learn, 1. Secret sins are known to God, and sometimes are strangely brought to light in this life; and that there is a day coming when God will, by Christ, judge the secrets of men according to the gospel, Ro 2:16. 2 In particular, Whoremongers and adulterers God will surely judge. Though we have not now the waters of jealousy, yet we have God's word, which ought to be as great a terror. Sensual lusts will end in bitterness. 3. God will manifest the innocency of the innocent. The same providence is for good to some, and for hurt to others. And it will answer the purposes which God intends.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity,.... Which otherwise he would not, by conniving at her loose way of living, and not reproving her for it, and bringing her either to repentance or punishment; and retaining and encouraging jealousy in his mind, without declaring it, and his reasons for it: the sense of the passage seems to be, that when a man had any ground for his suspicion and jealousy, and he proceeded according as this law directs, whether his wife was guilty or not guilty, no sin was chargeable on him, or blame to be laid to him, or punishment inflicted on him:

and the woman shall bear her iniquity; the punishment of it, through the effects of the bitter waters upon her, if guilty; nor was her husband chargeable with her death, she justly brought it on herself: or if not guilty, yet as she had by some unbecoming behaviour raised such a suspicion in him, nor would she be reclaimed, though warned to the contrary, she for it justly bore the infamy of such a process; which was such, as Maimonides says (p), that innocent women would give all that they had to escape it, and reckoned death itself more agreeable than that, as to be served as such a woman was; See Gill on Numbers 5:18.

(p) Moreh Nevochim, par. 3. c. 49. p. 499.



Numbers 5:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Adultery Test
30or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife, he shall then make the woman stand before the LORD, and the priest shall apply all this law to her. 31'Moreover, the man will be free from guilt, but that woman shall bear her guilt.'"
Cross References
Leviticus 20:17
"'If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They are to be publicly removed from their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.

Numbers 5:30
or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her.

Numbers 6:1
The LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 9:13
But if anyone who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, they must be cut off from their people for not presenting the LORD's offering at the appointed time. They will bear the consequences of their sin.
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