It was still a sin 

Old Testament: Lev 19.20–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 18–19 on February 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Usually when a man committed fornication with a woman who was betrothed to another man, under the Law of Moses they suffered death, but if man fornicated with a woman betrothed as a concubine to another man, they suffered, but not death: 

“Whoever lies carnally with a woman who is betrothed to a man as a concubine, and who has not at all been redeemed nor given her freedom, for this there shall be scourging; but they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a trespass offering. The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he has committed. And the sin which he has committed shall be forgiven him.”

– Leviticus 19.20–22 

They still sinned and the punishment was scourging, certainly a very painful punishment. 

While the Bible does recognize different levels of sin, all sin requirements punishment, which is why we rejoice that Jesus took that burden for us and freed us from our sin and its guilt. 


  • Where did they have to bring their trespass offering? 
  • What animal was used in the offering? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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