water of bitterness

water of bitterness

A specially prepared potion given by a priest to a woman whose husband suspects her of committing adultery, but can offer no adequate proof (Num 5:11-31). The potion would distort the womb or cause a miscarriage in a guilty woman, but would allow an innocent wife to conceive.

Num 5:11-31

Concerning an Unfaithful Wife
11The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:12Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If any man's wife goes astray and is unfaithful to hi ... View more

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