Is it wrong to marry two women at the same time?

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While the Bible does record incidents where a man married two women at the same time, it still does not mean it’s right. Marriage was one of those institutions that God founded during creation: “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:22-24).

God intended for one man to be with one woman and join as “one flesh.” While some individuals got married to more than once spouse in the Bible, this was against God’s will. Later on in the New Testament, Jesus repeated the passage we read in Genesis reinforcing that God’s plan had not changed (Matthew 19:4-6).

God gave us His law to know what sin is (Romans 7:7). If we look at His law, in one of the simplest statements, we see God telling us: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).

This prohibition encompasses not only adultery but fornication and every kind of impurity in act, word, and thought (Matt. 5:27, 28). This, our third duty toward our “neighbor,” is to reverence and honor the union upon which the family is built, the marriage relationship, which to the believer is as special as life itself (Heb. 13:4).

So, we just read how God designed marriage to be between one man and one woman and how he placed it in His law. If we hope to enjoy the blessing of marriage the way God intended it, we must keep it the way He designed it.

In His service,

Philip

BibleAsk Team

 

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