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verses 30-35: “Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house. The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it. Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be content though you give many gifts.”

Please hear me carefully here. I read in the Holman commentary that some “crimes” were understandable, such as the one quoted in the verses above: a thief who steals food to feed himself due to hunger. In Leviticus, the restitution by law was as little as 20 percent. Still he might have to pay sevenfold, which could easily bankrupt what resources he had.

But I think the best words I could ever find on the feeling regarding adultery are in verses 32-25: “lacking sense”. To quote an old adage heard often in situation comedies….ARE YOU CRAZY? There is no restitution or payment that can be salve to that wound. The anger of the Incredible Hulk is nothing compared to that of a wronged spouse who is the one who bears that pain! You might know friends or family who have been those types of victims, or even know someone who has been in an affair. In my lifetime thus far, I have heard many a reason justifying or apologizing for adultery. I do not mean to come across as “holier than thou”; I too am a sinner saved by grace. You’ve all heard the phrase, “there, but for the grace of God, go I”. But God’s Word is clear that it is wrong, just as God’s Word is clear that if we come to Him, confess our sins and repent, He will forgive.

Something to think about.

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