Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The sacred institution of marriage is much in the news these days. Many of you readers have perhaps, like me, wondered where in the Bible we might find guidance on the holy institution of marriage. My good friend Satan helped guide me to this instructive passage, from the Book of Hezekiah:

Hezekiah 4:13-24

Marriage Violations

13 If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her, 14 he may take her to the gates of the town and stone her to death. 15 Her blood will be on her own head. 16 If a man takes a wife and finds no proof of her virginity, 17 then the woman's father and brother shall stone her to death. 18 Her blood will be on her own head. 19 If a man is married to a woman and he see-est her twelve year old sister and wanteth her, 20 then he shall petition the town elders for permission to take her by force. 21 If the town elders grant permission, then the sister's father and brothers shall strip her of her clothing and bind her and bring her to the petitioner. 22 If a man findeth his wife lying with his oxen, both the woman and the oxen shall be stoned to death. 23 Their blood shall be on their own heads. 24 And he who selleth the oxen who defileth another man's wife shall pay 30 shekels of silver to the man whose wife lay with the oxen.


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