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    Polygamy in Naves Topical Bible Forbidden De 17:17; Le 18:18; Mal 2:14,15; Mt 19:4,5; Mr 10:2- 8; 1Ti 3:2,12; Tit 1:6 -Authorized 2Sa 12:8 -Tolerated Ex 21:10; 1Sa 1:2; 2Ch 24:3 -Practiced by Job 27:15 -Lamech Ge 4:19 -Abraham Ge 16 -Esau Ge 26:34; 28:9 -Jacob Ge 29:30 -Ashur 1Ch 4:5 -Gideon Jud 8:30 -Elkanah 1Sa 1:2 -David 1Sa 25:39-44; 2Sa 3:2-5; 5:13; 1Ch 14:3 -Solomon 1Ki 11:1-8 -Rehoboam 2Ch 11:18-23 -Abijah 2Ch 13:21 -Jehoram 2Ch 21:14 -Joash 2Ch 24:3 -Ahab 2Ki 10 -Jehoiachin 2Ki 24:15 -Belshazzar Da 5:2 -See 1Ch 2:8 -Hosea Ho 3:1,2 -Mosaic law respecting the firstborn in De 21:15-17 -Sought by women Isa 4:1 -The evil effects of Husband's favoritism in De 21:15-17 Jacob's Ge 29:30; 30:15 Elkanah's 1Sa 1:5 Rehoboam's 2Ch 11:21 -Domestic unhappiness In Abraham's family Ge 16; 21:9-16 In Jacob's family Ge 29:30-34; 30:1-23 In Elkanah's family 1Sa 1:4-7 -With Solomon 1Ki 11:4-8 -See CONCUBINAGE -See MARRIAGE

    Polygamy in the Ancient World POLYGAMY IN OLD TESTAMENT TIMES THE MOSAIC LAW allowed polygamy among the Hebrew people. Wives were given certain protections against abuses and there were various regulations regarding such marriages. There was, however, among the Israelites, a marked tendency toward monogamy. No doubt the main reason for this was that the custom of more than one wife was too expensive for most of the people. The law did forbid the multiplication of wives by the kings of Israel (Deuteronomy 17:17). The cause of much of the trouble, in the lives of David and Solomon, as well as Ahab, was because of their following the example of the kings of their day in taking many, and especially heathen wives, rather than obeying GOD's law. Old Testament influence in favor of monogamy is seen in two ways. First, pictures are painted of unhappy homes because of more than one wife in them. Trouble between rival wives, as in the case of Leah and Rachel (Genesis 30) and also Hannah and Peninnah (I Samuel 1:1-6) argues strongly in favor of monogamy. Second, monogamy among religious leaders and certain outstanding characters, sets the right example for the masses. Men like Adam, Noah, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and Job, had but one wife. Also the high priest (Leviticus 21:14), and the prophets were, as far as we know, monogamous. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

    Polygamy in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE po-lig'-a-mi: 1. Meaning of the Term 2. Origin of Polygamy 3. The Old Testament and Polygamy 4. Polygamy Unnatural The Eunuch 5. Weakness of Polygamy 1. Meaning of the Term: Polygamy has been and is the open blazon by the human race of sex vice. The very term is a misnomer. Since man became moralized he has apprehended that the proper marriage relation between the sexes is monogamy. Whatever may have been the practice, since man could ask himself, What is right? he has known that ap' arches ("from the beginning," Mt 19:4), au fond, at bottom, marriage is the choice of one man and one woman of each other for a life family relation. La Rochefoucauld said: "Hypocrisy is a sort of homage which vice pays to virtue." There is hypocrisy beneath the word polygamy. It is an attempt to cover up by the term "plural marriage" what is not marriage and cannot be marriage. There is no particular need of defining what the condition is, so long as we can look upon it as a violation and negation of the marriage relation. The very use of the term from any language covering a like condition is attempt-- "To steal the livery of the court of heaven To serve the Devil in." Polygamy is a general term and might mean a multiplicity of partners in the family relation by one of either sex. But it does not. Polygamy practically means exactly "polygyny" (gune), i.e. it describes a many-wived man. The correlative term "polyandry" describes the condition of a woman who has many men in family relation with herself. They are all husbands to her, as in polygamy all the women are wives to one man. But polyandry in historic times has had so little illustration that it may be dismissed as so exceptional as to be worthy of no further notice here. Why polygamy has captured the whole position philologically covered by polygyny is readily apparent. The might of the physically strongest has dictated the situation. Man has on the average one-fourth more muscular force than woman. When it comes to wrong in sex relation, man has that advantage, and it has given him the field covered by the word "polygamy." There he is master and woman is the victim. 2. Origin of Polygamy: It is plainly evident that polygamy is primarily largely the outcome of tribal wars. When men had separated into clans and had taken up different places of abode, collisions would soon occur between them. What would happen in such cases would be what we know did happen in North America soon after its first settlement by Europeans, to wit, the destruction of the Hurons by the Iroquois. The great majority of the men were massacred; the women and...

    Polygamy Scripture - 1 Samuel 1:2 And he had two wives; the name of the one [was] Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

    Polygamy Scripture - 2 Samuel 12:8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if [that had been] too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

    Polygamy Scripture - Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

    Polygamy Scripture - Exodus 21:10 If he take him another [wife]; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

    Polygamy Scripture - Genesis 29:30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

    Polygamy Scripture - Genesis 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one [was] Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

    Polygamy Scripture - Job 27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

    Polygamy Scripture - Leviticus 18:18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex [her], to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life [time].

    Polygamy Scripture - Malachi 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

    Polygamy Scripture - Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.