We know a woman accused of adultery has to drink the sotah water to prove her innocence

In a case where she is guilty, what happens to the man she was with? What is the punishment for a man who commits adultery with a married woman?

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    Just to clarify: Men are allowed to have multiple wives according to Torah law. The question is if a woman can warn her husband against secluding himself with an already-married woman?
    – DonielF
    May 27, 2018 at 17:51
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    related (duplicate?): In adultery, why is a wife is guilty, and a husband not?
    – mbloch
    May 27, 2018 at 18:47
  • what about a married man being secluded with a married woman?
    – Lilopinpin
    May 27, 2018 at 19:36
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    If you have a clarification to your question, please edit it into the question post instead of relegating it to comments. Comments are ephemeral by design and may disappear at any time.
    – msh210
    May 27, 2018 at 19:58
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    @Lilopinpin A man can have multiple wives. There is no difference between a married man and an unmarried man.
    – DonielF
    May 27, 2018 at 23:43

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There is no equivalent of Sotah for men. Also, the sotah procedure was discontinued by Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai because too many men were adulterers (see the Mishna in Sotah 47a).

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    Also, when there was a Sotah procedure, when the woman drank, if she was guilty her paramour also blew up.
    – DonielF
    May 28, 2018 at 1:15
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    And to flesh out Maurice's answer a bit more -- if the husband is running around misbehaving, all bets are off, the procedure doesn't work.
    – Shalom
    May 28, 2018 at 10:59

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