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Marriage Day

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Thou shalt not commit adultery…

We have heard this commandment before from the Old Testament. For this is one of the commandments we are to live by.

“Thou Shalt not commit adultery” -Exodus 20:14 [KJV]

In the Oxford English Dictionary (2006) adultery is defined as, “sex between a married person and a person who is not their husband or wife (p.10)”.

Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (2011) explains the commandment as being one that, “prohibits all unlawful sexual relationship and upholds the sacredness and divine appointment of marriage for the propagation and multiplication of the human race (p.135 OT)”.

Not only is adultery the act of committing unlawful sex outside of the marriage, but it also includes lusting after another person with the eyes. What is seen with the eyes, enters the heart and mind.

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” -Matthew 5:27-28 {KJV]

Dake’s Reference Bible (2011) also goes onto explain what it means to lust after someone with the eyes, “With continual longing with the mind made up to commit the act if at all possible. It becomes a state of the heart and is as deadly as the act itself (p. 8 NT)”. This also results in, “causing a moral fall and loss of the soul by some means (p. 8 NT)”.

There is yet another way in which adultery can occur, which is by divorce. If a person divorces their partner of marriage, it causes the other person to have committed adultery (with the exception of divorcing someone because of fornication). Anyone who marries the divorced person will also commit adultery. Both men and women are required to fulfill their marriage vows, to death do us part, with the exception of fornication.

The Oxford English Dictionary(2006) defines fornicate (fornication) as, “have sex with someone that you are not married to (p.273)”.

“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” -Matthew 5:31-32 [KJV]

Marriage is the union between a man and a woman, it is pure and sacred. It is not meant to be something that is entered into lightly, for it is to last a lifetime. Marriage over the years has been treated as something far less than what is was meant to be. If the world kept marriage to be a precious thing, would future generations be more fulfilled and complete? Would one lifetime marriage behold much more than countless marriages lasting for only a few years each? If fornication was not viewed as such an acceptable act, would sexual relations today hold a deeper and more meaningful experience? What if society followed these guidelines, would there be less anger, jealously, arguments, and betrayal? These commandments were created for a purpose, for our benefit, not just to make laws. What benefits can you see yourself and society gaining from this commandment concerning adultery and divorce?


Adultery.(2006).Color oxford english dictionary 3 ed.New York, NY:Oxford University Press

Dake, F.J.(2011)Dake’s annotated reference bible: The holy bible.Lawrenceville, GA:Dake Publishing, Inc.

Fornicate.(2006).Color oxford english dictionary 3 ed.New York, NY:Oxford University Press


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