Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. Western Religions

Does Deut. 7:3 prohibit interracial marriage?

See also

"You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons"

Kinists argue that this passage prohibits all races from marrying into all other races. Yet the intention here is to prohibit God's holy people, Israel, from intermarrying with those of other religions. The historic commentaries clearly bear this out:

Matthew Henry:

Here is a strict caution against all friendship and fellowship with idols and idolaters. Those who are in communion with God, must have no communication with the unfruitful works of darkness. Limiting the orders to destroy, to the nations here mentioned, plainly shows that after ages were not to draw this into a precedent. A proper understanding of the evil of sin, and of the mystery of a crucified Saviour, will enable us to perceive the justice of God in all his punishments, temporal and eternal. We must deal decidedly with our lusts that war against our souls; let us not show them any mercy, but mortify, and crucify, and utterly destroy them. Thousands in the world that now is, have been undone by ungodly marriages; for there is more likelihood that the good will be perverted, than that the bad will be converted. Those who, in choosing yoke-fellows, keep not within the bounds of a profession of religion, cannot promise themselves helps meet for them.

John Gill:

Neither shalt thou make marriages with them,.... Unless they became proselytes, as Rahab, who was married by Salmon, and so those of other nations, as Ruth the Moabitess, and so any captive taken in war; otherwise it was not lawful, bad consequences have followed upon it, which it is the design of this law to prevent; that is, being snared and drawn aside into idolatry, which was the case of Solomon:

thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son; for, according to the Targum of Jonathan, whosoever marries with them, it is as if he married with their idols: and this law, according to the Jewish writers (c), is binding with respect to other nations besides the seven; and whosoever marries any Heathen, of whatsoever nation, is to be beaten.

Adam Clarke:

"Neither shalt thou make marriages, etc. - The heart being naturally inclined to evil, there is more likelihood that the idolatrous wife should draw aside the believing husband, than that the believing husband should be able to bring over his idolatrous wife to the true faith."

Advertisement

Life

  • Name my baby
    Canadian couple allows the Internet to name their baby. See the result
    Video
    Name My Baby
  • Prescription drugs
    Americans consume an astonishing 50 percent of the world's prescription drugs
    Prescription Drugs
  • Weight loss
    Health and fitness: How to lose weight and burn extra body fat fast
    Camera
    Weight Loss
  • Twitter fail
    Twitter fail: NYPD's social media outreach campaign backfires
    Twitter Fail
  • Freelancers
    Tricks of the trade: A new study suggests how freelancers can land more jobs
    Job Tips
  • Bad dog
    Sneaky dog vandalizes car tires for over six months before being caught
    Video
    Bad Dog

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!