03 July 2015

The Bible's Commandments About Women

(In biblical order)

  1. If a man causes the death of a fetus, he shall pay the woman's husband whatever the judges decide.
  2. If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. Exodus 21:22

  3. But if the woman is injured, the man that caused her injury shall be injured in the same way.
  4. (Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, etc.)
    And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Exodus 21:23-25

  5. Kill witches.
  6. Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18
    Maimonides #552: The court must not let the sorcerer live — Ex. 22:17

  7. A woman is unclean for seven days after delivering a male child. She then must be purified for 33 days, during which time she must not come into the sanctuary or touch any holy thing.
  8. If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.... And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. Leviticus 12:2-4
    Maimonides #455: Observe the laws of impurity caused by childbirth — Lev. 12:2

  9. A woman is unclean for two weeks after delivering a female child. She then must be purified for 66 days, during which time she must not come into the sanctuary or touch any holy thing.
  10. (Because baby girls are twice as dirty as baby boys.)
    But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. Leviticus 12:5

  11. A menstruating woman must be isolated for seven days.
  12. And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days. Leviticus 15:19a
    Maimonides #454: Observe the laws of menstrual impurity — Lev. 15:19

  13. Whoever touches her is unclean until the evening.
  14. And whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. Leviticus 15:19b

  15. Everything that she touches is unclean, including whatever she sits upon.
  16. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. Leviticus 15:20

  17. If you touch her bed, you must wash your clothes, take a bath, and be unclean until the evening.
  18. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. Leviticus 15:21

  19. If you touch anything that she has sat on, you must take a bath and be unclean until the evening.
  20. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even. Leviticus 15:22-23

  21. If a woman has vaginal bleeding outside of her regular menstrual period, she is unclean. .
  22. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. Leviticus 15:25
    Maimonides #456: Observe the laws of impurity caused by a woman's running issue — Lev. 15:25

  23. Every bed, chair, or other object that she touches in such a condition is also unclean.
  24. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. Leviticus 15:26

  25. If you touch anything that she has touched, you must wash your clothes, take a bath, and be unclean until the evening.
  26. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. Leviticus 15:27

  27. A man who has sex with a menstruating woman is unclean for seven days.
  28. (The bed is also unclean.)
    And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. Leviticus 15:24a

  29. Don't approach a menstruating woman to uncover her nakedness.
  30. Thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. Leviticus 18:19
    Maimonides #161: Not to have sexual relations with a menstrually impure woman — Lev. 18:19

  31. If a man has sex with a menstruating woman, cut off both of them.
  32. (Because he has discovered her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood.)
    And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. Leviticus 20:18

  33. A woman who lives in her father's house doesn't have to keep her promise, unless her father agrees with it.
  34. If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth; And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the Lord shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her. Numbers 30:3-5

  35. A married woman desn't have to keep her promise, unless her husband agrees with it.
  36. And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the Lord shall forgive her. Numbers 30:6-8

    And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath; And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the Lord shall forgive her. Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity. Numbers 30:10-15

  37. Widows and divorced women must keep their promises
  38. But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her. Numbers 30:9

  39. Don't allow any witches to live in your community.
  40. There shall not be found among you ... a witch. Deuteronomy 18:10
    Maimonides #61: Not to go into a trance to foresee events, etc. — Deut. 18:10

  41. When God delivers your enemies into your hands, and you see a beautiful woman among the captives, take her home and have sex with her (after letting her mourn her parents for a month). If she doesn't fully satisfy you, let her go (without selling her).
  42. When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her. Deuteronomy 21:10-14

  43. Women must not wear men's clothing. Women who do so are an abomination to God.
  44. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man ... for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5

  45. If a betrothed virgin is raped in the city, stone her and the rapist to death.
  46. (Because she was in the city and didn't cry out.)
    If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you. Deuteronomy 22:23-24
    Maimonides #545: The courts must carry out the death penalty of stoning — Deut. 22:24

  47. If a man rapes a betrothed damsel outside of the city, then kill the man but do nothing to the damsel.
  48. But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her. Deuteronomy 22:25-27
    Maimonides #556: The court must not punish anybody who was forced to do a crime — Deut. 22:26

  49. If a man rapes an unbetrothed virgin, the rapist must pay her father fifty shekels of silver, marry his victim, and never divorce her.
  50. If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days. Deuteronomy 22:28-29
    Maimonides #134: The rapist must marry his victim if she is unwed — Deut. 22:29
    Maimonides #134: He is never allowed to divorce her — Deut. 22:29

  51. Make sure there aren't any whores in your community.
  52. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:17
    Maimonides #123: Not to have sexual relations with women not thus married — Deut. 23:18

  53. Don't bring the hire of a whore into the house of the Lord.
  54. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore ... into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for [this is an] abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 23:18

  55. If two men fight and the wife of one grabs the "secrets" of the other, "then thou shalt cut off her hand" and "thine eye shall not pity her."
  56. When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her. Deuteronomy 25:11-12
    Maimonides #487: Save someone being pursued even by taking the life of the pursuer — Deut. 25:12

  57. Stay away from strange women.
  58. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. ... Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house. Proverbs 5:3-8

    Why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? Proverbs 5:20

    Keep thee ... from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Proverbs 6:24-26

    Keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. Proverbs 7:5

    Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7:25-27

  59. Stay away from evil women.
  60. Keep thee from the evil woman ... Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Proverbs 6:24-26

    Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7:25-27

  61. Don't give your strength to women.
  62. Give not thy strength unto women. Proverbs 31:3

  63. Reward and praise virtuous women.
  64. Give her [the virtuous woman] of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:31

  65. Don't come near a menstruating woman.
  66. If a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, and ... neither hath come near to a menstruous woman. Ezekiel 18:5-6

  67. If a woman refuses to cover her head while praying or prophesying, shave her head.
  68. Every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn. 1 Corinthians 11:5-6

    Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 1 Corinthians 11:9-10

  69. Women are not allowed to speak in church.
  70. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law ... for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.1 Corinthians 14:34-35

  71. If a woman wants to learn something, she should ask her husband at home.
  72. If they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home. 1 Corinthians 14:35

  73. Women should dress modestly.
  74. I will therefore ... that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety. 1 Timothy 2:8-9

  75. Women should not braid their hair.
  76. I will therefore ... that women adorn themselves ... not with braided hair. 1 Timothy 2:8-9

    Wives ... whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair. 1 Peter 3:1-3

  77. Women should not wear expensive jewelry.
  78. I will therefore ... that women adorn themselves ... not with ... gold, or pearls, or costly array. 1 Timothy 2:8

    Wives ... whose adorning let it not be ... of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. 1 Peter 3:1-3

  79. Women should do good works.
  80. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:10

  81. Women should be silent.
  82. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 1 Timothy 2:11

    I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Timothy 2:12

  83. Women should not teach.
  84. I suffer not a woman to teach. 1 Timothy 2:12

  85. Women should never have authority over men.
  86. I suffer not a woman ... to usurp authority over the man. 1 Timothy 2:12

  87. Honor widows that are widows indeed.
  88. A widow indeed has no children or nephews; is desolate, trusts in God, and prays all the time; is not living in pleasure (a widow living in pleasure is the living dead); is over 60 years old; had only one husband; has raised children; has lodged strangers; has washed the saints' feet; has relieved the afflicted; and has diligently followed every good work.
    Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 1 Timothy 5:3-10

  89. Refuse young widows.
  90. (They will wax wanton against Christ and marry. They are all damned because they've cast off their first faith. They are idle tattlers and busybodies. Many have turned aside after Satan. They should all just get married and have children.)
    The younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan. 1 Timothy 5:11-15

  91. If you have any widows, take care of them yourself. The church will only deal with widows indeed.
  92. If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed. 1 Timothy 5:16

  93. Old women should be holy, not false accusers, not drink too much wine, and teach good things.
  94. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

2 comments:

Stephen said...

OK; 2,000 years ago, when no one knew anything about human physiology, and female physiology in particular, those rules might have seemed reasonable. However, in light of what's been known for the last 100 years or so, there's only one thing to say about them: Those biblical rules are seriously FUCKED UP. And so is anyone who takes them seriously.
Steve Weeks

Tom Vouray said...

Obviously Joyce Myers has skipped over these parts of the bible.