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 Standard 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.

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.

New King James Version
If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They shall be childless.

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

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is a hated and unclean thing; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They will 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.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a man who will take the wife of his brother exposes him because he uncovers the nakedness of his brother; they shall be without children.

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

Literal Standard Version
And a man who takes his brother’s wife—it [is] impurity; he has uncovered the nakedness of his brother; they are childless.

New American Bible
If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is severe defilement and he has disgraced his brother; they shall 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 Revised Standard Version
If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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











(21) His brother's wife.--See Leviticus 18:16.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

childless.
עֲרִירִ֥ים (‘ă·rî·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6185: Bare, destitute


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