eunuch

eunuch (Yoo┬┤nuhk)

A male who has been castrated. Eunuchs were in demand as guards of royal harems. Although excluded from the sacred assembly (Deut 23:1), eunuchs often receive a favorable report in biblical material (one rescued Jeremiah). Becoming a eunuch for religious reasons is mentioned in Matt 19:12, although the exact meaning of that verse is unclear. It may be metaphorical for remaining celibate to serve God better (1Cor 7:32-34).

Deut 23:1

Those Excluded from the Assembly
1No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord.

Matt 19:12

12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves ... View more

1Cor 7:32-34

32I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;33but the married man is anxious abou ... View more

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