A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonour his father’s bed.
"A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.
"A man must not have intercourse with his father’s wife, for this would violate his father.
A man may not marry his father's ex-wife--that would violate his father's rights.
A man may not take his father’s wife or have sex relations with a woman who is his father’s.
A man shall not marry his father’s wife, thereby violating his father’s rights.
"A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor uncover his father’s bed.
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1 sn Beginning with 22:30, the verse numbers through 23:25 in the English Bible differ from the verse numbers in the Hebrew text (BHS), with 22:30 ET = 23:1 HT, 23:1 ET = 23:2 HT, 23:2 ET = 23:3 HT, etc., through 23:25 ET = 23:26 HT. With 24:1 the verse numbers in the ET and HT are again the same.
2 tn Heb “take.” In context this refers to marriage, as in the older English expression “take a wife.”
3 sn This presupposes either the death of the father or their divorce since it would be impossible for one to marry his stepmother while his father was still married to her.
4 tn Heb “uncover his father’s skirt” (so ASV, NASB). This appears to be a circumlocution for describing the dishonor that would come to a father by having his own son share his wife’s sexuality (cf. NAB, NIV “dishonor his father’s bed”).