See also: Deuteronomy 7:3-4 and I Kings 11:1-2. Yet, some godly people intermarried: Joseph (Genesis 46:20), Moses (Numbers 12:1, 9-10)—even two in the lineage of Jesus (Ruth and Rahab were foreigners).
Intermarrying foreigners is not wrong: it is only wrong if they believed in false gods (nearly all did).
In fact, God said that “the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you” (Leviticus 19:34). For instance, Ruth accepted God (Ruth 1:16) and was in the lineage of Jesus Christ. The important thing is not whether someone is physically of a different “race,” but whether one is spiritually of a different “race.” Since nearly all the people in the surrounding countries during Israel’s time rejected God, the Bible warns against marrying the stranger, but one that forsakes the false gods of their nation can certainly be counted as an Israelite. God does not want the “Christian” race intermarrying with the “non-Christian” race, and frankly, most Israelites were into idolatry and were of the “non-Christian” race.
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