Adultery is the “violation of the marriage bed; the voluntary sexual intercourse of a married person with one of the opposite sex, whether married on unmarried to another; adulteration, debasement or corruption.” To adulterate is “to corrupt or debase by spurious admixture; to defile, to stain, to debauch.”–Century Dictionary

“Self is the source of all adulteration.”–Edna Lister

Edna Lister on Adultery

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”–Matthew 5:27-28. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” means seeing nothing as imperfect, but having and holding to a vision of heaven on earth. Heaven is gloriously complete, a sublimated life where everyone enjoys companionship and communion of Spirit. As ambassadors of his glory, entering the golden Christed Age, the Elect are honor-bound to live on a high spiritual plane and thus lift the world.–Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933

“Do not commit adultery.”–Luke 18:20 means you may not misuse any facet of the creative fire or the Creative Impulse within the one Power on any level of consciousness. Otherwise, you pay a severe soul debt. Adultery includes unclean thoughts and emotions of any kind. For example, a negative thoughts and feelings indicate adulterated truth.–Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934

“I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”–Revelation 2:18-29

The church in Thyatira listened to the teachings of Jezebel, the false prophetess of Baal, and ate foods sacrificed to idols. The adultery they committed symbolizes the misuse of creative fire. Jezebel illustrates how immorality adulterates the evidence of the senses. What is healthy becomes that which is defiled.–Edna Lister, The Seven Churches, June 20, 1934

The flesh of your body is spiritual substance. Yet you crucify your flesh by debasing the good, by misuse of Power, and by adulterating pure foods. Eventually you learn that no substitution or dilution of Spirit works. Never adulterate or dilute the Power as you release it. Your outer actions show whether you are using God’s Power or letting the Power use you.–Edna Lister, Learning to Live at Peace, November 11, 1934

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”–Exodus 20:14. Law permits no adulteration of any high vibration.–Edna Lister, Stepping Stones to Success, December 8, 1935

“Jezebel” (Revelation 2:20) refers to negativity and taints in consciousness. Jezebel also represents waste, misuse and diffusion of the creative fire on the horizontal level. Universal love begins manifesting when you lift the creative fire. You lack common sense at the heart center, if you tend toward sentimentality, which betrays your prior lifting. Many saints and seemingly spiritual people stop at developing the heart center. Another tendency is to stagnate by evangelizing. You may pull and lift others, but do not try to push them into the kingdom of heaven ahead of you!–Edna Lister, Seven Churches of the Revelation, January 3, 1936

You fail by allowing your doubts to adulterate the Light that you release.–Edna Lister, September 8, 1939

When self colors your emotions and thinking, your imagination will create an adulterated form.–Edna Lister, The Driver’s Seat, May 29, 1941

You must lift all that comes as a consequence of your pure, unadulterated obedience to law. The results of your disobedience are added spiritual debts.–Edna Lister, October 1, 1941

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”–Matthew 5:8 means blessed are those whose hearts are unadulterated by doubts, fears, selfishness or any negative traits. Purity is that which is unadulterated, complete, whole, and holy.–Edna Lister, February 4, 1947

Do not adulterate your love or faith with a negative. Search your soul that your service may be pure and undefiled, undiluted by self, unadulterated before the Lord.–Edna Lister, March 18, 1949

Love is the creating Power. When will you use only love with never a dilution of it? When will you cease letting so much as a speck of the world’s darkness pollute your love? It is your choice. Love has no room for blame, doubt, rebellion or resentment against anyone or anything. Be love, and only love, undiluted and unadulterated by self.–Edna Lister, April 27, 1951

Declare all that comes to you is good and very good, your faith of God remains unadulterated.–Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 19, 1951

Criticism adulterates your love of God.–Edna Lister, August 31, 1952

You live on holy ground when you live by soul. You dare not pollute your holy ground by returning to third-dimensional intellectual unconsciousness, which is adultery.–Edna Lister, The Flame on the Altar, December 14, 1952

Hold fast to God’s Light in unconquerable faith and in magnificent and everlasting love, and in it no taint of darkness or tinge of adultery.–Edna Lister, February 13, 1953

A little poison will ruin much water. Negative statements about your body adulterate the whole stream of life flowing through you. The same law applies to 10,000 other matters. Small conditions causing negative statements will color every line that is up, and will be anchors, holding you to the past or such heartbreaking delay. No task is too hard or too long or too fine, no matter what. You must declare this.–Edna Lister, June 23, 1953

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”–Romans 13:9: You can commit adultery in several ways besides being unfaithful to your marriage vows — physically, when you fail to keep the letter of the law, hide from self, use sophistries, or when you live life from the selfish “little me” perspective. You fool no one but yourself unless you live as pure Light.–Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 6, 1953

The greatest disobedience to the law on adultery is to adulterate the truth with “little me,” or to hide the truth from yourself. You fool only yourself unless you live as Light on the highest level with no excuses, modifications, justifications or explanations, which are forms of personally adulterating truth.–Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 6, 1953

Pride is the adulterous taint that kills hope. Watch for it on your path. Praise and compliments will evoke it.–Edna Lister, I Ascend, July 11, 1954

The Bible has many layers of hidden meaning. Jesus’ every charge to his disciples, all his parables, and the first and last chapters of John, show that his teachings were universal and based on pure, unadulterated, immutable divine law.–Edna Lister, Jesus, the Lawyer, November 28, 1954

“Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”–Matthew 5:48 is undiluted, unadulterated immutable law.–Edna Lister, Jesus, the Lawyer, November 28, 1954

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."–Matthew 5:16. Let your light so shine, pure Light from above, unadulterated by self. No forced pseudo-light is good enough.–Edna Lister, Life’s True Savor, May 15, 1955.

The results of your faith, whether miracles or delays, depend on the quality and quantity of your faith. If your thinking, imagination, and emotional life dilute and adulterate your approach to God, your faith will be weak and ineffective in its results. If your approach is undiluted by self, and your efforts steadfast, your faith will show in your works.–Edna Lister, The Path of Faith, May 6, 1956

If your approach to God is stingy and small, adulterated by selfish thinking, wild imagination and a stagnant emotional life, your faith is weak and ineffectual.–Edna Lister, Nor Shadow of Turning, July 15, 1956

The little self’s subconscious fears for itself dilute and adulterate the Power that can use you, the conscious rational soul.–Edna Lister, November 22, 1956

Love always takes charge for you when it is undiluted by self and unadulterated by fear or doubts.–Edna Lister, Fresh Manna Every Day, July 21, 1957

Never modify, dilute, or adulterate the original Power that goes forth through you. To look back, to doubt, or to fear cuts every line. Looking back, doubt, and fear destroy God’s original plan for the matter. Any adulteration is inexcusable.–Edna Lister, September 5, 1957

So much remains for us to do through love, and that love must be the pure Love of God, unadulterated and unblemished by self.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1957

You commit spiritual adultery by indulging escapist tendencies, and fear.–Edna Lister, December 30, 1957

You adulterate the life-giving Power moving through you if you think you are giving too much. Your cells act out the idea, “I am doing too much for you.”–Edna Lister, Immortality Now, March 30, 1958

If the whole world would join in Christed love at once, all darkness would cease to exist. If you dilute and adulterate your love with self’s griefs, opinions and prejudices, you are unable to obliterate darkness.–Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959

Unadulterated love, completed love, solidly ties your earth to your heaven so they mingle.–Edna Lister, May 18, 1959

Make further sacrifice of self to be certain your heart is pure in unadulterated desire to serve God with all heart, mind, body and soul.–Edna Lister, August 3, 1959

A miracle is only pure Light, unadulterated and undiluted by self.–Edna Lister, Feed My Sheep, November 22, 1959

Light is the only miracle. Look with your soul eyes to see the Light, undiluted with idle words or denials that block or allow only small miracles. If you do not have a miracle, you have adulterated the Light within you. You must remain aware of what your idle words are doing to the Light that is in you. When the Light is pure and full-blown, you have miracles.–Edna Lister, Feed My Sheep, November 22, 1959

God fulfills every prayer that is unadulterated by self.–Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961

When you really love, you do not measure it. A measured-out love is adulterated, is just thinking about it. When you think you are loving unworthily, you are thinking about love. Love itself is always worthy. The little bit of love that seeped through on that vibration is perfect. The only imperfection is thinking about it. The more darkness is in the individual, the more he needs unadulterated love.
  You can never give love unworthily, or love enough. Love does not approve or disapprove. If you give disapproval with love, it is so adulterated that it touches no one. The adulteration returns to the giver. You cannot “think” love, but can only become love. Love God enough. Let love be your keynote.–Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961

Faith is unconquerable when unadulterated with doubt and fear.–Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961

God’s love is untainted by self-love. The adulteration of earth cuts off God’s love but love is still there.–Edna Lister, April 22, 1962

A wrong thought adulterates your thinking in the mental area from which you consciously direct and control your life.–Edna Lister, January 10, 1963

No easy-going way of transmutation from earth consciousness to constant high comprehension of the Source exists. It must be a constant, steadfast awareness of God, an unadulterated, undiluted awareness of the Source, to be in it, as you are in your contacts with the world. The adulteration you suffer from is your own, not from God. Where your mind is, where your heart is, you are. It is always so.–Edna Lister, January 31, 1965

Adultery is to defile the truth of the mind, intellect and heart. Fornication is an adulteration that occurs between two factions, and includes perversions, organized crime, terrorist violence, etc. The law requires that you live by the soul’s desires as opposed to self’s desires, which feed the animal nature. You can commit fornication and adultery on any level when you let self rule soul.–Edna Lister, The White Flame of Glory, May 15, 1966

Fornication is active, but adultery is passive. You commit adultery when you sacrifice to false gods, adulterate the Power of God, and your vibration dies down at once.–Edna Lister, The Morning Stars, May 22, 1966

St. Paul preached against fornication. Fornication and adultery have different meanings. Adultery, in earthly terms, always refers to illegal commitments between males and females. Fornication includes every perversion in the world, all misuse of the creative fire between humans and animals as well.–Edna Lister, January 5, 1967

You must let the Light moving through you be great enough, undiluted, undefiled, unadulterated by the world.–Edna Lister, February 25, 1968

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Stories That Illustrate Adultery

David and Bathsheba: David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.–1 Kings 15:5<
  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
  >And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
  And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.–2 Samuel 11:2-17
  And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.–2 Samuel 11:26-27
  And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; and I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
  And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
  Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.–2 Samuel 12:1-25

Hard-Hearted Adultery (Matthew’s Account): The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.–Matthew 19:3-12
  (Mark’s Account): And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.–Mark 10:2-12

The Woman Taken in Adultery: Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.–John 8:1-11

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New Testament on Adultery

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.…It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.–Matthew 5:27-28, 31-32 [Matthew 5:32–You are adulterating vows you have made to God.]

An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it.–Matthew 12:39

Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.–Matthew 15:18-20

There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.–Mark 7:15

Whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.–Mark 7:18-23

And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.–Mark 10:2-12

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.–Luke 16:18.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.–Romans 13:8-12

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.–1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.–1 Corinthians 6:13.

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.–1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.–Galatians 5:16-21

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.–Hebrews 13:4

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.–James 4:1-7

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Thou shalt not commit adultery.–Exodus 20:14

The man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.–Leviticus 20:10

If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.–Deuteronomy 22:22

Whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.–Proverbs 6:32

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of adultery Latin adulterium, from adulter, adulterer.

Etymology of adulterate: Latin adulterare, to pollute.

Adultery is a sin.

Adultery is a vice.


Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia. Wm. D. Whitney and B.E. Smith, eds. and comps. New York: The Century Co., 1896.

Harper, Douglas. The Online Etymology Dictionary.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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