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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments were never part of the Old Testament or Mosaic Laws at all. These were written by the very
finger of God and in stone, indicating their permanence, unlike the Mosaic Laws which were written on parchment or
animal skins. These laws were only until the time of Christ and the completed work on Calvary. These laws all pointed
forward to the coming work of Christ and were only shadows and shadows are not the reality. Jesus is the fulfillment
of the law. The Mosaic Laws always were always directed at Israel as the Scriptures would say, “and thus say unto
the children of Israel” or “to you Israel,” so these laws like unclean and clean foods, circumcision and others were for
the nation of Israel because that’s who they were always addressed to, however the Ten Commandments were still
being mentioned by Jesus and the other apostles in the New Testament so the commandments of God are permanent
and they are still relevant today and always will be, at least until the kingdom arrives.

The Seventh Commandment

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He also gave them to all people and not just to Israel because the
Mosaic Laws would come later and be separate from the Ten Commandments. The 7th Commandment, as are all of
the commandments, is given in Exodus 20 but repeated in several places in the Old Testament.
Exodus 20:14 says “You shall not commit adultery” and the penalty of anyone breaking this commandment in Israel
was death, but today, this commandment seems to be broken on a consistent basis, tragically, even among professing
Christians. How seriously did God take this law? Leviticus 20:10 says “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his
neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” God has not changed and neither has
His law about adultery, so even though it seems many today are “getting away with it,” the day will come when this
great sin is brought before them as “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom 14:12). Their judgment
will come at Christ’s second appearance or after they die, when they’re judged (Heb 9:27), whichever comes first.
Committing adultery is deadly serious to God and these unrepentant sinners will join “the cowardly, the faithless, the
detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake
that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death” (Rev 21:8).

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In Judaism
… the transgression of commandments is also called uncleanliness or defilement. This term is especially used of the
chief and principal crimes, which are idolatry, adultery, and murder. … In reference to adultery we read, "Defile not
ye yourselves in any of these things." (Deuternomy. xviii, z4)
– Maimonides, in The Guide for the Perplexed[43]

A Jewish Wedding in Vienna, Austria, 2007

The Mitzvoh against adultery is interpreted to refer to sexual relations between a man and a married woman. Sexual
relations outside of marriage are also prohibited based on Deuteronomy 23:18. [44] The mitzvah are as follows:

 Not to have intercourse with another man's wife.[45][46][47]

 There shall be no intercourse with a woman, without previous marriage with a deed of marriage and formal
declaration of marriage.[7][48][49]
In the Torah, if a husband suspected his wife of adultery, there was a prescribed ordeal she underwent to determine
her guilt or innocence.[50] A separate procedure was to be followed if a newlywed husband became suspicious that
his wife had been promiscuous before marriage.[28] Alternatively, to enforce capital punishment for adultery, at least
two witnesses were required, and both the man and woman involved were subject to punishment. [51] While cases of
adultery could thus be difficult to prove, divorce laws added over the years enabled the husband to divorce the wife
on circumstantial evidence of adultery without witnesses or additional evidence. [52] If a woman committed unlawful
intercourse against her will, she was not guilty of adultery, because she did not act as a free agent. [29] The usual
punishments were not inflicted in such cases, and the legal consequences of adultery did not follow.
In the first century, enforcement of the ordeal became less common as additional restrictions were put on
prosecution of capital cases of adultery. In the year 40, before the destruction of the Second Temple, [53] the Jewish
courts relinquished their right to inflict capital punishment (perhaps under Roman pressure). Changes in punishment
for adultery were enacted: the adulterer was scourged, and the husband of the adulteress was not allowed to forgive
her crime,[54] but was compelled to divorce her, and she lost all her property rights under her marriage
contract.[55] The adulteress was not allowed to marry the one with whom she had committed adultery, [56] and if she
did marry him, they were forced to separate. [57]
Though legal enforcement was inconsistently applied, the mitzvah remained. Adultery is one of three sins (along
with idolatry and murder) that are to be resisted to the point of death. [11]. This was the consensus of the rabbis at the
meeting at Lydda, during the Hadrianic Revolt of 132. [58]
The mitzvoh to practice sexual relations only within marriage is affirmed by many Orthodox, Conservative and
Reform rabbis into modern times.[59] While they point out that sexual relations outside of marriage undermine
marriage and even love itself, they also emphasize the positive role of sexual relations in strengthening and
promoting love within the marriage relationship.
43. Moses Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed 1904 (fourth edition) translated from the original Arabic by M.
Friedlander. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company read online

50. Numbers 5:11-31, Isaacs RH, Every Person's Guide to Jewish Sexuality, Jason Aronson Publishers, 2000. ISBN
0765761181, pp.74-75.

28. Deuteronomy 22:1

11.Sanhedrin 74a3-21

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Thou shalt not commit adultery.' Exod 20: 14.

God is a pure, holy spirit, and has an infinite antipathy against all uncleanness. In this commandment he has entered
his caution against it; non moechaberis, Thou shalt not commit adultery.' The sum of this commandment is, The
preservations of corporal purity. We must take heed of running on the rock of uncleanness, and so making
shipwreck of our chastity. In this commandment there is something tacitly implied, and something expressly

1. The thing implied is that the ordinance of marriage should be observed. Let every man have his own wife, and let
every woman have her own husband.' 1 Cor 7: 2. Marriage is honourable and the bed undefiled.' Heb 13: 4. God
instituted marriage in paradise; he brought the woman to the man. Gen 2: 22. He gave them to each other in
marriage. Jesus Christ honoured marriage with his presence. John 2: 2. The first miracle he wrought was at a
marriage, when he turned the water into wine.' Marriage is a type and resemblance of the mystical union between
Christ and his church. Eph 5: 32.

In marriage there are general and special duties. The general duty of the husband is to rule. The husband is the head
of the wife.' Eph 5: 23. The head is the seat of rule and judgement; but he must rule with discretion. He is head,
therefore must not rule without reason. The general duty on the wife's part is submission. Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.' Eph 5: 22. It is observable that the Holy Ghost passed by Sarah's
failings, not mentioning her unbelief; but he takes notice of that which was good in her, as her reverence and
obedience to her husband. Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord.' 1 Pet 3: 6.
The special duties belonging to marriage, are love and fidelity. Love is the marriage of the affections. Eph 5: 25.
There is, as it were, but one heart in two bodies. Love lines the yoke and makes it easy; it perfumes the marriage
relation; and without it there is not conjugium but conjurgium [not harmony but constant wrangling]. Like two
poisons in one stomach, one is ever sick of the other. In marriage there is mutual promise of living together
faithfully according to God's holy ordinance. Among the Romans, on the day of marriage, the woman presented to
her husband fire and water: signifying that as fire refines, and water cleanses, she would live with her husband in
chastity and sincerity.

II. The thing forbidden in the commandment is infecting ourselves with bodily pollution and uncleanness. Thou
shalt not commit adultery.' The fountain of this sin is lust. Since the fall, holy love has degenerated to lust. Lust is
the fever of the soul. There is a twofold adultery.

[1] Mental. Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.'
Matt 5: 28. As a man may die of an inward bleeding, so he may be damned for the inward boilings of lust, if it be
not mortified.

{2] Corporal; as when sin has conceived, and brought forth in the act. This is expressly forbidden under a sub poena.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.' This commandment is set as a hedge to keep out uncleanness; and they that break
this hedge a serpent shall bite them. Job calls adultery a heinous crime.' Job 31: 2: Every failing is not a crime; and
every crime is not a heinous crime; but adultery is flagitium, a heinous crime.' The Lord calls it villany. They have
committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives.' Jer 29: 23.