exo 20:14, deut 5:18, heb 13:4 ≠ num 31:18, hos 1:2, 3:1
Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Deuteronomy 5:18 “You shall not commit adultery.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Numbers 31:18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Hosea 1:2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.”
Hosea 3:1 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
I’m not sure why The Reason Project thinks Numbers 31:18, Hosea 1:2 and Hosea 3:1 contradict God’s prohibition of adultery. Perhaps they don’t entirely grasp what adultery is, so here’s a definition:
voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse:
The Reason Project seems to be assuming that the men in Numbers 31:18 will not be marrying the women, but why would we assume that?
And with respect to Hosea, marrying someone who has previously committed adultery is not adultery, and never has been.
Is there someone at The Reason Project I can send a dictionary to?