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Deuteronomy 27:20-23

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27:20 ‘Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with 1  his father’s former wife, 2  for he dishonors his father.’ 3  Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:21 ‘Cursed is the one who commits bestiality.’ 4  Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:22 ‘Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his sister, the daughter of either his father or mother.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:23 ‘Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his mother-in-law.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’

1 tn Heb “who lies with” (so NASB, NRSV); also in vv. 22, 23. This is a Hebrew idiom for having sexual relations (cf. NIV “who sleeps with”; NLT “who has sexual intercourse with”).

2 tn See note at Deut 22:30.

3 tn Heb “he uncovers his father’s skirt” (NASB similar). See note at Deut 22:30.

4 tn Heb “lies with any animal” (so NASB, NRSV). “To lie with” is a Hebrew euphemism for having sexual relations with someone (or in this case, some animal).



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