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They're definitely to die jointly - the guy who lies together with his father's spouse and the lady, too - simply because they've got performed anything impure in the world. there's to be not anything impure earlier than our God in the country that he has selected as his personal ownership. back it truly is written a moment time: "Let the person who lies along with his father's spouse be cursed simply because he has exposed his father's disgrace. " the entire Lord's holy ones acknowledged: "So be it, so be it. " Now you, Moses, order the Israelites to watch this command since it is a capital offense and it's an impure factor. To eternity there's no expiation to catch up on the fellow who has performed this yet he's to be positioned to ; dying, to be killed, and to be stoned and uprooted from one of the humans of our God. For any guy who commits it in Israel are usually not allowed to dwell a unmarried day on this planet simply because he's despicable and impure. (Jubilees, 33:9b-14, trans. VanderKam, 221-22 ) To the level that Jubilees seems to quote biblical verses, it does so in terms of paraphrase and amalgamation, instead of direct quotation and exegesis. this kind of serious divine judgment of sexual activity among a guy and his father's spouse, deriving because it looks to in Jubilees from the damaging instance of Reuben, begs the query of why Scripture files no direct punishment of Reuben (or of Bilhah, yet she is portrayed as having been the blameless and passive sufferer of Reuben's impulsive lust). however, the felony elaboration of our retold narrative looks to permit no room for extenuating situations (nor for expiation and atonement), 112 Steven D. Fraade no less than no longer for the male. Jubilees anticipates and solutions this question without delay: they aren't to assert: "Reuben was once allowed to reside and (have) forgiveness after he had lain with the concubine-wife of his father whereas she had a husband and her husband - his father Jacob - was once alive. " For the statute, the punishment, and the legislation had now not been thoroughly published to all yet (only) on your time as a legislations of its specific time and as an everlasting legislation for the historical past of eternity. there is not any time while this legislations should be at an finish neither is there any forgiveness for it; quite either one of them are to be uprooted one of the humans. at the day on which they've got performed this they're to kill them. (Jubilees 33:15 17, trans. VanderKam, - 222) even if Reuben's deed was once egregious and the legislation prohibiting it used to be in life on the time, it had no longer but been "completely printed to all," for which cause Reuben was once now not punished with demise, yet was once forgiven (presumably through God). although, from the time of the revelation at Mt. Sinai, and without end after, the legislations was once to be everlasting and uncompromisable, with no the opportunity of forgiveness. Reuben's deed, even though no longer punished in his time, was once to be a reminder to Israel of the grave effects of such habit: For all who devote it in the world earlier than the Lord are impure, whatever detestable, a blemish, and anything infected. No sin is bigger than the sexual impurity which they devote on this planet simply because Israel is a holy humans for the Lord its God.