Leviticus 20:21
New International Version
"'If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.

New Living Translation
"If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity. He has violated his brother, and the guilty couple will remain childless.

English Standard Version
If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

Berean Study Bible
If a man marries his brother’s wife, it is an act of impurity. He has uncovered the nakedness of his brother; they shall be childless.

New American Standard Bible
If there is a man who takes his brother's wife, it is abhorrent; he has uncovered his brother's nakedness. They will be childless.

King James Bible
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

Christian Standard Bible
If a man marries his brother's wife, it is impurity. He has violated the intimacy that belongs to his brother; they will be childless.

Contemporary English Version
And if you marry your sister-in-law, neither of you will ever have any children.

Good News Translation
If a man takes his brother's wife, they will die childless. He has done a ritually unclean thing and has disgraced his brother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man marries his brother's wife, it is impurity. He has shamed his brother; they will be childless."

International Standard Version
"If a man takes his brother's wife, it's immoral. He has exposed his brother's nakedness. They'll be childless."

NET Bible
If a man has sexual intercourse with his brother's wife, it is indecency. He has exposed his brother's nakedness; they will be childless.

New Heart English Bible
"'If a man takes his brother's wife, it is an impurity: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever marries his brother's wife violates his brother's marriage and does an unclean thing. That man and woman will have no children.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is impurity: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

New American Standard 1977
‘If there is a man who takes his brother’s wife, it is abhorrent; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They shall be childless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing; he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

King James 2000 Bible
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

American King James Version
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

American Standard Version
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is impurity: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Whoever shall take his brother's wife, it is uncleanness; he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall die childless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that marrieth his brother's wife, doth an unlawful thing, he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness: they shall be without children.

Darby Bible Translation
And if a man take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness: they shall be childless.

English Revised Version
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is impurity: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

World English Bible
"'If a man takes his brother's wife, it is an impurity: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

Young's Literal Translation
And a man who taketh his brother's wife -- it is impurity; the nakedness of his brother he hath uncovered; childless they are.
Study Bible
Punishments for Sexual Immorality
20If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered the nakedness of his uncle. They will bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21If a man marries his brother’s wife, it is an act of impurity. He has uncovered the nakedness of his brother; they shall be childless.
Cross References
Matthew 14:4
because John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Leviticus 18:16
You must not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would shame your brother.

Treasury of Scripture

And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

his brother's

Leviticus 18:16
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

Matthew 14:3,4
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife…

an unclean thing [heb] a separation







Lexicon
If a man
וְאִ֗ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

marries
יִקַּ֛ח (yiq·qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

his brother’s
אָחִ֖יו (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

wife,
אֵ֥שֶׁת (’ê·šeṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

it
הִ֑וא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is an act of impurity.
נִדָּ֣ה (nid·dāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5079: Rejection, impurity, personal, moral

He has uncovered
גִּלָּ֖ה (gil·lāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1540: To denude, to exile, to reveal

the nakedness
עֶרְוַ֥ת (‘er·waṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6172: Nakedness

of his brother;
אָחִ֛יו (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

they shall be
יִהְיֽוּ׃ (yih·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

childless.
עֲרִירִ֥ים (‘ă·rî·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6185: Bare, destitute
(21) His brother's wife.--See Leviticus 18:16.

20:10-27 These verses repeat what had been said before, but it was needful there should be line upon line. What praises we owe to God that he has taught the evil of sin, and the sure way of deliverance from it! May we have grace to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things; may we have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.
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