Can one trust one’s family/relatives?
Suppose somebody is intimate with a relative without knowing it?
Suppose one’s dad has many children with different women here and there in the world.
And one day you fall in love with one of your unknown half-siblings!?
Who knows maybe this is more usual than people might think?
Leviticus 18 Expanded Bible (EXB)
Leviticus 18:24 “‘Don’t make yourself unclean by any of these wrong things. I am forcing nations out of their countries because they did these sins (incest?), and I am giving their land to you. 25 The land has become unclean [C in a ritual sense], and I punished it for its sins.
There are people who are having many kids all over the world and suppose these half-siblings fall in love with each other without knowing they are related and have kids with each other = handicaps?
Or suppose there are people similar to the movie Back to Eden, having a make-over?
Suppose these types of people are on the dating-sites?
The real life can be worse than science fiction/horror movie. Suppose there is much more hidden in the dark than we ever can imagine?
1 Kings 11:3 He had 700 royal wives and 300 concubines; his wives had a powerful influence over him.
New Living Translation Luke 11:31
The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here–but you refuse to listen.
Good News Translation (GNT) Luke 11:31 On the Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will stand up and accuse the people of today, because she traveled all the way from her country to listen to King Solomon’s wise teaching; and there is something here, I tell you, greater than Solomon.
The Message (MSG) Luke 30-31 “On Judgment Day the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that condemns this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’
The Voice (VOICE) Luke 11:31 The queen of Ethiopia will stand to condemn the people of this generation on the day of judgment. She, an outsider, came from so far away to hear the wisdom given to Solomon, but now, something greater than Solomon is here: how are the people of this generation responding?
Living Bible (TLB) Luke 11:31 And at the Judgment Day the queen of Sheba shall arise and point her finger at this generation, condemning it, for she went on a long, hard journey to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; but one far greater than Solomon is here and few pay any attention.
Svenska 1917 Lukas 11:31 Drottningen av Söderlandet skall vid domen träda fram tillsammans med detta släktes män och bliva dem till dom. Ty hon kom från jordens ända för att höra Salomos visdom; och se, här är vad som är mer än Salomo.
Jeremiah 9:4 International Standard Version “Beware of your neighbors, and don’t trust any of your relatives. For all of your relatives act deceitfully, and every friend goes around as a slanderer.
Jeremiah 9:4 New Living Translation “Beware of your neighbor! Don’t even trust your brother! For brother takes advantage of brother, and friend slanders friend.
Jeremiah 9:3 New Living Translation
“My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth. They only go from bad to worse. They do not (want to) know me (they do not acknowledge me),” says GOD (YAH).
Jeremiah 9:5 Darby Bible Translation And they act deceitfully every one with his neighbor, and speak not the truth: they teach their tongue to speak falsehood, they weary themselves with perverse dealing.
Jeremiah 9:5 International Standard Version People deceive their friends, and they don’t tell the truth. They have taught their tongues to tell lies. They exhaust themselves practicing evil.
Rules About Sexual Relations
Leviticus 18 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the ·people [L sons; children] of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God. 3 In the past you lived in Egypt, but you must not do what was done in that country. And you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their ·customs[statutes; ordinances; requirements]. 4 You must obey my ·rules[regulations] and ·follow [guard; keep] ·them [L my statutes/ordinances/requirements]. I am the Lord your God. 5 ·Obey[Guard; Keep] my ·laws [statutes; ordinances; requirements] and ·rules[regulations]; a person who obeys them will live because of them. I am the Lord.
6 “‘You must never have sexual relations with [L expose/uncover the nakedness of] your close relatives. I am the Lord.
7 “‘You must not ·shame [L expose/uncover the nakedness of] your father by ·having sexual relations with [L exposing/uncovering the nakedness of]your mother. She is your mother; do not ·have sexual relations with her[L expose/uncover her nakedness]. 8 You must not ·have sexual relations with [L expose/uncover the nakedness of] your father’s wife; ·that would shame [L it is the nakedness of] your father.
9 “‘You must not ·have sexual relations with [L expose/uncover the nakedness of] your sister, either the daughter (your half-sister?)
10 “‘You must not ·have sexual relations with [L expose/uncover the nakedness of] your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; ·that would bring shame on you [L their nakedness is your nakedness].
11 “‘If your father and his wife have a daughter, she is your sister (your half-sister?).
(Kind of strange that Abraham was together with his half-sister Sara?)
Contemporary English Version (CEV) Genesis 20:11 Abraham answered:I did it because I didn’t think any of you respected God, and I was sure that someone would kill me to get my wife. 12 Besides, she is my half sister. We have the same father, but different mothers. 13 When God made us leave my father’s home and start wandering, I told her, “If you really love me, you will tell everyone that I am your brother.”).
In the old times there were many people worshiping idols, therefore the Hebrew people chose to marry relatives, but that is something that was stopped in Moses time, because the more you are having kids with relatives the more risks for defects. So the Hebrews/The Israelites had to find somebody to marry from other tribes or people who gave up worshiping idols or simply did not worship idols on Ham’s and Japheth’s side.