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eunuch

Hebrew: סָרִיס —transliteration: saris —meaning: eunuch; literally bed-keeper or chamberlain

This name does not necessarily imply in all cases that the man has been mutilated [castrated], although the practice of employing such mutilated persons in Oriental courts was common (2 Kings 9:32; Esther 2:3).

The law of Moses excluded castrated men from the congregation (Deuteronomy 23:1).

They were common also among the Greeks and Romans. It is said that even today there are some in Rome who are employed in singing soprano in the Sistine Chapel.

Three classes of eunuchs are mentioned by Christ in Matthew 19:12, in response to His disciples question about “is it better not to marry”…

For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth,
and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men,
and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.

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