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what is numbers chapter 5 talking about? adult content

some say it is support of abortion... or is it talking about miscarriage? or infertility?
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘If any man’s wife goes astray and behaves unfaithfully toward him, 13 and a man lies with her carnally, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and it is concealed that she has defiled herself, and there was no witness against her, nor was she caught— 14 if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, who has defiled herself; or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, although she has not defiled herself— 15 then the man shall bring his wife to the priest. He shall bring the offering required for her, one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of jealousy, an offering for remembering, for bringing iniquity to remembrance.
16 ‘And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD. 17 The priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 Then the priest shall stand the woman before the LORD, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 And the priest shall put her under oath, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone astray to uncleanness while under your husband’s authority, be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you”— 21 then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman—“the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh rot and your belly swell; 22 and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot.”
Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.”
23 ‘Then the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall scrape them off into the bitter water. 24 And he shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her to become bitter. 25 Then the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand, shall wave the offering before the LORD, and bring it to the altar; 26 and the priest shall take a handful of the offering, as its memorial portion, burn it on the altar, and afterward make the woman drink the water. 27 When he has made her drink the water, then it shall be, if she has defiled herself and behaved unfaithfully toward her husband, that the water that brings a curse will enter her and become bitter, and her belly will swell, her thigh will rot, and the woman will become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself, and is clean, then she shall be free and may conceive children.
29 ‘This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, while under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, 30 or when the spirit of jealousy comes upon a man, and he becomes jealous of his wife; then he shall stand the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute all this law upon her. 31 Then the man shall be free from iniquity, but that woman shall bear her guilt.’”

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Asked by fordeeperroots at 12:58 PM on Feb. 5, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This is what Warren Wiersbe says: "This unusual law protected the woman as well as sanctified the marriage relationship. Husbands and wives must be faithful to each other. Marriage is an intimate relationship, and even hidden unfaithfulness can create a spirit of jealousy and doubt. If the wife was guilty, the truth would come out; if not the husband could trust her, and they could live together and have a family. We have no such laws today, but we have an all-seeing God to whom we will answer one day."

    Answer by NannyB. at 2:05 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • I think it's obvious. it means what it says. it's explaining a law they had back then. the laws have changed though, since God robed himself in flesh and died for us.

    Answer by armywife43 at 6:44 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • yes, we are covered by grace.

    Answer by toughmom638 at 8:01 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • If a husband had reason to suspect that his wife had committed adultery but there was no evidence, the husband could have the wife brought before the Lord in order to determine her guilt or innocence. If she was guilty, she became ill as the result of God's judgment. When it speaks of her belly swelling, if she was pregnant with another man's child, then she would have a miscarriage and she would be unable to conceive afterwards. A woman who was unable to bear children was regarded as being under a curse.

    Answer by popzaroo at 10:10 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • This is the old testament. I thank God for offering is forgiveness through the blood of the lamb..Jesus Christ. I don't think a women should have an abortion if she commits adultery. Rather be honest with her husband and if for some reason can't keep the child due to other reason she should put the baby in adoption instead.

    Answer by JCRestoredme at 11:34 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • Performing magic to do harm in the name of justice. I think that's called voo-doo.

    Answer by witchqueen at 1:10 PM on Feb. 6, 2011

  • Sounds like hocus pocus to me. Rather like when they would tie rocks to suspected witches and then throw them in the water. If you didn't drown, you were a witch, and then you were burned. If you drowned you were not a witch but were dead anyway. Hocus Pocus.

    Answer by lilangilyn at 6:29 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

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