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In the Old Testament the rendering of the Hebrew word mamzer, which means “polluted.”
In Deut. 23:2, it is used in the common sense of illegitimate offspring.
In Zech. 9:6, the word is used in the sense of foreigner.
From the history of Jephthah we learn that there were bastard offspring among the Jews (Judg. 11:1-7).
In Hebrews 12:8, the word (Greek: nothoi) is used in its ordinary sense, and denotes those who do not share the privileges of God's children.