In the Old Testament the rendering of the Hebrew word mamzer', "which means "polluted." In Deut. 23:2, it occurs in the ordinary" "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 Heb. 12:8, the word (Gr. nothoi) is used in its ordinary" "sense, and denotes those who do not share the privileges of" God's children.