Deuteronomy 24:4 Article Summary Page
If the word ‘may’ in Deuteronomy 24:4 means ‘permission granted’, it follows that God is a sinner twice over. Firstly, because God will be reunited with the spouse [Israel] who HE has divorced – a direct violation of my opponent’s interpretation of this text. Secondly, God is a sinner because, from the logic of sentence: the ‘abomination’ consists of God failing to give HIS permission for the husband to be reconciled to his ex-spouse – clearly God’s fault. Both of these problems are resolved by interpreting ‘may’ to mean ‘likely to’ – the other dictionary definition of ‘may’.
The ancient Hebrew words in Deuteronomy 24:2 and in verse four are not explicitly defined as ‘permission granted’. Such an assertion is interpretation.
David reuniting with Michal and Hosea reuniting with Gomer are two additional Bible examples that present problems to the interpretation that Deuteronomy 24:4 forbids a reunion. The reason given in the text is that the woman is ‘defiled’. Both Gomer and Michal were 'defiled', yet reunited with their husbands contradicting the 'no reunion' interpretation. Whether or not these two examples are 'valid' as evidence remains under active debate.
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