Exodus 21:10

“If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 21:10

If he take him another wife, her food, her rayment, and her duety of mariage shall he not diminish.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If he take him another `wife'; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less.
- Basic English Bible

If he take himself another, her food, her clothing, and her conjugal rights he shall not diminish.
- Darby Bible

If he shall take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage shall he not diminish.
- Webster's Bible

If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights.
- World English Bible

`If another [woman] he take for him, her food, her covering, and her habitation, he doth not withdraw;
- Youngs Literal Bible

If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 21:10

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 21:10

21:8 Who hath betrothed her to himself - For a concubine, or secondary Wife. Not that Masters always took Maid - servants on these terms.

21:9 After the manner of daughters - He shall give her a portion, as to a daughter.

Discussion for Exodus 21:10

  • Anonymous on Exodus 21:10
    It's disturbing and sickening that RogerCox (or anyone) would even attempt to say that this act is ever okay. Whether it was commonplace then or not is entirely irrelevant. Owning slaves and doing the things to them that the Bible dictates is NEVER okay. In ANY context. EVER.
  • Maran - in Reply on Exodus 21:10
    Hebrews did not have Hebrew slaves. Hebrew Maidservants and Menservants were PAID occupations. A girl's father was paid for her service to her boss's family. In turn, they provided her room & board and meals for free. It's not much different than if I hired a live-in maid. Except of course, a live-in maid would get her wages paid to her directly, but Hebrew girls back then didn't have much to spend money on, so their wages typically went to help provide for their family who they lived with until marriage.
  • RogerCox on Exodus 21:10
    You are right in that in the current century things are much different, however my own feelings toward this teaching is that yes much of it is a head scratcher, I feel that in those times there were very many obligations to slaves, if not exactly like employees in current times and obligations are being spelled out as well as Marriage rules and obligations based on biblical times! I'm thankful that I no longer feel I have to understand every single detail, but that my faith and knowledge that Jesus is All Powerful and All Knowing and it is not necessary for me to comprehend it All as my mind at any one moment I couldn't handle all the wisdom, knowledge, and Truth that is in his Book the Holy Bible! I laid down my life before Jesus on October 25th at 2:15 am, and confessed my darkest sins ! My life is no longer a struggle, it is his to do as he pleases, as long as I remember to let go and get out of the way...... I've had a miraculous awakening and more is being revealed, my life has changed forever! I currently have a fiancé who is a Christian but I was not, instantly Our relationship was transformed to something that I couldn’t have ever conceived! I will pray for you......... These words and these actions were not mine 4 weeks ago.......... May the Holy Spirit envelop your body and soul and bring eternal peace into your Life here and in eternity and with time all the knowledge and wisdom you crave for.


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