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|NASB||Exodus 34:16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.|
|Exodus 34:16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters would play the prostitute with their gods and cause your sons also to play the prostitute (commit apostasy) with their gods [that is, abandon the true God for man-made idols].|
|Bible Question: Are there Scripture references supporting or warning against Inter-racial marriages?? Please be as clear as is possible in this answer. Opinions and "common sense" is not what we need. We need the SCRIPTURE. Thank you. Sincerely|
Bible Answer: Greetings Gomer,
There are instances in Scripture that condemn interracial marriage. Isaac sought a wife from his own father's family (Gen. 24:1-4) and so did Jacob (Gen. 27:46-28:2). The Israelites were commanded not to intermarry (Ex. 34:16; Deut. 7:3-4; Ezra 9:1-2,12; Neh. 10:30, 13:23-27; Josh. 23:12-13), but this was mostly on the basis of leading the people astray through foreign gods (Mal. 2:11; Deut. 17:17; 1 Cor. 7:39).
However, God did permit the Israelites to marry foreign women in other situations: captives from war (Deut. 21:10-13), and because of a 'shortage' of women
(Judges 21:21-23). Timothy, the youthful early church leader, was a half-Jew (Acts 16:1) and Moses's wife Zipporah was an Ethiopian woman (Num. 12:1).
The Bible does not clearly state whether or not God's people should marry interracially, but it does say that the partner should be a believer in Christ (1 Cor. 7:39, 2 Cor. 6:14). It is interesting to note that all nations and people are important to God (Amos 9:7).
I believe that interracial marriage is not against the will of God based upon the Bible, but remains a question of being yoked/unequally yoked in fellowship with God Himself and choosing a husband/wife that will help you to enrich your walk in the Lord (1 Cor. 7:35).
Blessings to you,
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