Men and Women in the Bible 

Old Testament: Num 5.5–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 5–6 on February 21, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

To avoid the endless use of “or” when speaking of the genders, languages often employ “man” to represent both genders, probably because God created the male first. To see how “man” or even “men” can represent both, watch this: 

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: When a man or woman commits any sin that men commit in unfaithfulness against the LORD, and that person is guilty, then he shall confess the sin which he has committed. He shall make restitution for his trespass in full, plus one-fifth of it, and give it to the one he has wronged.”

– Numbers 5.5–7 

You will then notice how the rest of the chapter speaks from the male gender perspective. Yet, in the passage quoted above, the Lord made it clear that women were included. 

Obviously there are other contexts where women would be excluded and still others where men would be excluded. Just follow the context and use common sense.

Also, let us focus on the teaching of this quote. When we sin and learn of our guiltiness, the Lord expects us to confess our sin, and if necessary make restitution. 


  • Have you made restitution where and when you needed to do so? 
  • Why does the “woke” crowd today think there are more than two genders? 

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