Posted by: edhensley | April 7, 2009

Test for an unfaithful wife



Numbers 5:11
Then the LORD said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure- 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah [about 2 quarts] of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder offering to draw attention to guilt.
16 ” ‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has slept with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband”- 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath-”may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away. “
” ‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

23 ” ‘The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. 24 He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering. 25 The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the LORD and bring it to the altar. 26 The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. 27 If she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse, it will go into her and cause bitter suffering; her abdomen will swell and her thigh waste away, and she will become accursed among her people. 28 If, however, the woman has not defiled herself and is free from impurity, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

29 ” ‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and defiles herself while married to her husband, 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her. 31 The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.’ “

While reading the Bible form cover to cover, I was horrified many times, and sometimes I laughed. This passage was one of those that made me laugh. Remember, this ridiculous nonsense is what “the Lord said to Moses.” Such nonsense would not work today and it did not work thousands of years ago.

I want anyone who reads this to imagine that you are reading these words in another holy book and not in the bible. What would you think if you read this passage in a Wiccan book? You would probably view this passage as evidence that the Wiccan book is not from God. This section is nothing more than magic or witchcraft.

And why is there not a test for an unfaithful husband? Probably because the bible was not written by women.

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Responses

  1. I was doing some reading on this topic (that’s how I happened to come across your blog), and I also found this article:

    http://katwijk.gkv.nl/anderson/pdfenglish/the_jealous_husband.pdf

    What do you think?

  2. Kate,

    The author’s first sentence is “This law does not, on the surface, seem very attractive.” I agree. It is ridiculous, immoral, and repugnant.

    Unfortunately, the author throws all logic and reason out the window. Anyone who is honest with themself could see that having a woman ingest nasty dirt from a floor and having her declared an adultress when she gets sick is rediculous. This is nothing but a trial by ordeal, similar to the Christian fanaticism of the Salem witch trials that resulted in the Christian torture and murder of 20 individuals (mostly women).

    Let’s look at the biggest outrageous lie from this apologis. He claims

    “Why isn’t the husband punished if it appears that he was wrongly jealous? The answer to
    this question has to do with the reason for this law. The law is given to provide protection
    to a woman when she encounters the social dangers of a jealous husband. This law is not
    concerned with marriages where there is only suspicion of adultery.”

    Nowhere do these verse claim that the law is for the protection of the woman! Read the verses again! This is NOT to protect the woman, it very specifically states that the purpose is to determine “If a man’s wife goes astray…”

    “11 Then the LORD said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure- 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest.”

    I challenge you to read this passage as if it were in the Koran. What would you say to Muslims who believed such a passage was the word of Allah? What would you say to a Muslim apologist who wrote the apology in the link you provided?

  3. To anyone who defends this Biblical passage, I have to ask you consider this:

    If anyone, guilty or otherwise, drinks water that has been contaminated with the dirt of a temple floor that has seen animal sacrifices and blood and never been sanitized at all, what is the likelihood that they will get sick? I think telling anyone, charged with any crime, “drink this water, and if you get sick it means you are guilty” is absolutely insane and superstitious. This is clearly a means for the men of the day to justify their jealousy and get rid of an unwanted wife, not a way to achieve justice.

  4. there were a lot of these types of laws. so many that jesus actualy spoke out against them .. however the way he put it was .. horriable in itself .. GOD allowed the laws like divorce and this one becuase he knew men were bad , and would put away thier wives anyway so he wrote these types of laws. this type of logic is rediculous to .. i once asked a young earth creationist is slavery wrong , they said yes .. i said then why didnt’ god tell them not to practice it .. i said how hard it would have been to write THOU shalt not have slaves or abide by slavery. .. she said beucase god knew they would do it anyway .. so instead he told the slaves to do as thier masters told them. ? ?? by this logic why put any commandments down lol people are going to murder ,, might as well just say ok it is fine as long as it is on thursday in the middle of town and only if you are jealous and you must bring a bag of bread.

    tons of stupid things are in old religious books and yet people continue to defend them .. and cherry pick them for their own uses ..


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