Leviticus 18:13
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New International Version
"'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.

New Living Translation
"Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's close relative.

English Standard Version
You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s relative.

Berean Study Bible
You must not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s close relative.

New American Standard Bible
'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister, for she is your mother's blood relative.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

Christian Standard Bible
You are not to have sexual intercourse with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's close relative.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to have sexual intercourse with your mother's sister, for she is your mother's close relative.

International Standard Version
"You are not to have sexual relations with your mother's sister. She's your mother's near blood relative.

NET Bible
You must not have sexual intercourse with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's flesh.

New Heart English Bible
"'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's flesh

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never have sexual intercourse with your mother's sister. She is your maternal aunt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister; for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

New American Standard 1977
‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s blood relative.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister; for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's near kinswoman.

American King James Version
You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's near kinswoman.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: because she is thy mother's flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
The nakedness of thy mother's sister shalt thou not uncover; for she is thy mother's near relation.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

World English Bible
"'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's near kinswoman.

Young's Literal Translation
The nakedness of thy mother's sister thou dost not uncover; for she is thy mother's relation.
Study Bible
Unlawful Sexual Relations
12You must not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative. 13You must not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s close relative. 14You must not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations with her; she is your aunt.…
Cross References
Leviticus 18:12
You must not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.

Leviticus 18:14
You must not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations with her; she is your aunt.

Leviticus 20:19
You must not have sexual relations with the sister of your mother or your father, for it is exposing one's own kin; both shall bear their iniquity.

Treasury of Scripture

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister: for she is your mother's near kinswoman.







(13) Thy mother's sister.--Equally forbidden is the aunt by the mother's side. The law which obtained in the time of Christ also defines this prohibition to extend to a mother's sister or half-sister by the same father or mother, whether born in wedlock or out of it. It is remarkable that the administrators of the law during the second Temple understood this last prohibition strictly to apply to alliances between nephews and aunts, but not vice versa to marriages between nieces and uncles. They regarded intermarriage between uncle and niece as an especially meritorious act, and interpreted the promises "then shalt thou call and the Lord shall answer" (Isaiah 58:9) to refer more particularly to the man "who loves his neighbours, befriends his relations, marries his brother's daughter, and lends money to the poor in the hour of need." This is in accordance with the fact that not only do we find that Nahor married Milcah the daughter of his brother Haran(Genesis 11:29), but that Othniel, the son of Kenaz, married his niece Achsah, being the daughter of Caleb, his father's brother (Joshua 15:17; Judges 1:13). Hence among the Jews to this day intermarriages between uncles and nieces is of common occurrence.

Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister,.... Which is the same relation as before, an aunt by the mother's side; wherefore, if such a marriage was unlawful, this must also, and for the same reason:

for she is thy mother's near kinswoman; the same phraseology is used here as in the preceding verse; See Gill on Leviticus 18:12; and by the same rule a woman might not marry her uncle, whether by father or mother's side, the relation being the same, and this reaches to great-uncle and great-aunt; instances of women marrying their uncles, and men their aunts, among the Heathens, have been given, as among the Persians and Lacedaemonians by Herodotus (l), and among the Romans by Tacitus (m), but were, in his time, new things with the latter.

(l) Erato, sive, l. 6. c. 71. Polymnia, sive, l. 7. c. 224, 239. (m) Annal. l. 12. c. 5, 6, 7. 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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