101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 59 

Canaanites Wanted Sexual Organs

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In the time of Deborah, the Canaanite king named Sisera was killed and his army defeated. When the mother of Sisera was expecting Sisera and his men home, what did she expect them to bring with them?

I refer to this biblical reference simply to show that Bible translators are sometimes reluctant to translate the openness that is often found in the Bible text itself. They did allow some of them to come through, however. I remember as a child how my mother was shocked and almost dismayed to find a human male in several places in the Old Testament called a person who "pisseth against the wall" (I Samuel 25:22,34; I Kings 14:10; 16:11; 21:21; II Kings 9:8). But the Bible is in no way prudish about mentioning private parts of the anatomy in a very open manner. Indeed, what was Sisera’s mother hoping that her son and his army would be bringing home with them from the battle? The King James Version says "a damsel or two" while the original Hebrew actually states quite bluntly: "a vagina or two for each man" (Judges 5:30). The real meaning of the original text shows what those in the Canaanite army and the whole of that society were interested in doing with their captive women.

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