22:22 If a man is caught having sexual relations with 3 a married woman 4 both the man who had relations with the woman and the woman herself must die; in this way you will purge 5 evil from Israel.
1 tn The Hebrew term נְבָלָה (nÿvalah) means more than just something stupid. It refers to a moral lapse so serious as to jeopardize the whole covenant community (cf. Gen 34:7; Judg 19:23; 20:6, 10; Jer 29:23). See C. Pan, NIDOTTE 3:11-13. Cf. NAB “she committed a crime against Israel.”
2 tn Heb “burn.” See note on Deut 21:21.
3 tn Heb “lying with” (so KJV, NASB), a Hebrew idiom for sexual relations.
4 tn Heb “a woman married to a husband.”
5 tn Heb “burn.” See note on the phrase “purge out” in Deut 21:21.