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Numbers 5:28

28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

Read Numbers 5:28 Using Other Translations

And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, then she shall be free and shall conceive children.
But if she has not defiled herself and is pure, then she will be unharmed and will still be able to have children.

What does Numbers 5:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 5:28

And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean
If she is not guilty of adultery, but pure from that sin:

then she shall be free;
from the effects of the bitter water; they shall have no such influence upon her, but she shall be as soured and healthful as ever; nay, the Jewish writers say more so, that if she had any sickness or disease upon her she would now be freed from it F14; the Targum of Jonathan has it, her splendour shall shine, the brightness and beauty of her countenance:

and shall conceive seed;
a man child, as the same Targum; and the Jewish writers say, if she was barren before, now she would be fruitful; but no more is meant by it than that her husband should receive her gladly, and she should live comfortably with him hereafter, and the blessing of God would be upon her, which would still be a confirmation of her chastity.


F14 Maimon. Hilchot Sotah, c. 3. sect. 22.
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