Biblical Principle #259: Israel’s Mid-fight Protection of Male Genitals

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Principle

Under the Law of Moses, if two men were fighting and one’s wife stepped in to help her husband by grabbing the other man’s genitals, her hand was to be chopped off.

Explanation

Apparently, GOD considered this “assist” from one man’s wife an extremely-unfair advantage to the victim, because the punishment should have been enough to scare off any GOD-fearing listener:

11 “If two men fight together, a man with his brother, and the wife of one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of the one attacking him and puts out her hand and seizes him by the genitals, 12 then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall not pity her.

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 OSB

Ouch!

I don’t know what else to say about this other than it is quite possibly the most awkward post I have ever written.

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