God put a number From philos and xenos; fond of guests, i.e. Gospel-Centered Partnership: Distributing Books and Bibles in Africa neighbour’s wife, each man should have his own wife, and 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Is it wrong me thinking that: “of course the two(husband and wife) will become one(child).” The act of having intercourse is always one on one. among the Jews after the Babylonian exile, and monogamy was the rule even among Can a divorced man serve as a pastor, elder, or deacon?" We live and work in an African culture that is largely polygamous. Hospitable, loving strangers. Orderly, virtuous, decent, modest, well-ordered. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. The 10th Commandment “You shall not covet your the Greeks and Romans by New Testament times. Scriputre, in the Old Testament, forbid the taking of more than one wife, but many did, but the verse you refer to about deacons/pastors or church leader may also mean he is to be faithful to his wife, but I Question: "What does the husband of one wife phrase in 1 Timothy 3:2 mean? Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.” ... 1 Corinthians 7:28 Context 25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. This word refers to outward conduct, to behaviour in public. 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. Privacy Policy. No one needs to tell you that these are very trouble times, so here are 7 Bible verses that can give you assurance for a hope and a future in a troubled world. She must be a virgin from his own clan, 15 so that he will not dishonor his descendants … 19:4 we are told by Jesus that God. them in marriage. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Among the Jews we know polygamy was then prevalent. was humiliated by her husband Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah because of Hannah’s In this passage, He cited the Genesis creation account, in particular Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, saying “the two will become one flesh”, not more than two. One. Martial writes of a woman who had arrived at her tenth husband. The clearest evidence that monogamy is God’s ideal is from Christ’s Therefore it is obvious that one husband and one wife shall become one(child). Christian officer in genitive case charge of a church. Midian and Cush are different places in the Bible, so this Cushite woman must be a different wife than the one Moses took while in Midian. A great and general indisposition towards marriage at all, and the orderly restraints of home and family life, had become so marked a feature in Roman society, that we find Augustus positively enacting laws against celibacy. This excellent new resource contains 12 DVDs (each 30-40 min. In view of the problems it causes, it is no wonder that polygamy was unknown Skeptics often try to discredit this teaching by pointing to examples of multiple Creation Ministries International (CMI) exists to support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in particular its Genesis history. in 1 Timothy 3:2 (ESV). Your subscription already exists. Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. [3] The gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament and the Quran describe Mary as a virgin. The presbyter or elder should be soberminded, self-restrained, temperate (not merely in wine, but in all things). One of the most prominent If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an Ishmael and Isaac and their descendants to this day (Genesis 16, 21). 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. CMI records your real name, email address, and country as a sign of good faith. CMI may choose not to publish your comment depending on how well it fits the guidelines outlined above. This is because we are all born into sin; therefore, we have all sinned and are all in need We consistently have people asking for prayer for problems that are consequences of polygamy. No, that can’t work, because the Bible clearly regards childless marriages as real marriages, and same with multi-child marriages. 32 Finally, the woman died too. The first recorded polygamist But what does the Bible really teach? Another important biblical teaching is the parallel of husband and wife with Christ By submitting your comment you are agreeing to receive email updates from. It does not really mean a man should marry one wife otherwise the Bible would have condemned and not embraced the marriage of many wives. However, when we look into the Bible, we find passages that do approve of it. inculpable. From epi and skopos; a superintendent, i.e. He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or one profaned by prostitution; he may only take a virgin from his people as a wife. 1 Timothy 3:12 Let ministerial servants (deacon) be husbands of one wife, presiding in a fine manner over their children and their own households. Thank you Ingrid. Paul goes on to explain marital CMI has offices in Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa and United States of America. Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 1 Timothy 3:2 literally meant for a man to be married to one wife. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. are often used as a model in Jewish weddings today. lead Solomon to idolatry (1 Kings 11:1–3). May you become the father of many peoples. creation account, in particular Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, saying “the two The Bible does not explicitly say that Moses had more than one wife. to avoid. Genesis 1:1. Discover Bible Verses About Who You Should Marry.Perhaps you love someone and are trying to determine if you should marry that person. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Letters: 1 Timothy 3:2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach (1 Tim. A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. family articles from a Christian perspective on marriage, parenting, homeschooling and more. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. beginning of the creation, God 'made them male. Therefore, then. A primary word; a man. The verse is not in anyway restricting number of wives. we must picture to ourselves the state of society in the empire at the time when the Apostle wrote to Timothy. While the Bible does say we should marry another believer, it does not specifically advise us against marrying a believer who is not a virgin. Also, Hannah, Samuel’s mother, Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (If you haven’t received your first email within a few minutes, try checking your spam folder.). But we cannot assume responsibility for, nor be taken as endorsing in any way, any other content or links on any such site. He even, in his indignation at the laxity of the morals of his day, cites cases of women who reckoned their years rather by their husbands than by the consuls. I realize that these situations require great grace and sensitivity. There seems, however, good reason for doubting the accuracy of this popular interpretation, which appears, by thus casting a reproach upon second marriages, to urge a spirit of asceticism on all Christian society, very foreign to St. Paul's usual teaching, which was content with gently inculcating a higher and a purer life as alone in accordance with the mind of his pitiful and loving Master. The 10t… Juvenal speaks of one who, in five years, had had eight husbands. wives in the Bible. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly. From kosmos; orderly, i.e. 'For this reason a man shall leave his. Other examples were Joseph and It’s just difficult! also caused much grief to his parents by marrying two pagan wives (Genesis 26:34). Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular. Matthew 5:32 - But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. If your comment is published, your name will be displayed as ". The Greek Church evidently accepts this interpretation, though it relaxes the rule in the case of the inferior orders. Moses's wife, Zipporah, was from Midian in Arabia. Jacob was The clearest evidence that monogamy is God’s ideal is from Christ’s teaching on marriage in Matthew 19:3–6. Mark 10:6-8:"But from the. St. Paul, fully conscious of this low and debased moral tone which then pervaded all society in the empire, in these few words condemned all illicit relations between the sexes, and directed that in choosing persons to fill holy offices in the congregations of Christians, those should be selected who had married and remained faithful to the wife of their choice, whose life and practice would thus serve as an example to the flock, and to whose homes men might point as the pattern which Jesus loved, while the heathen world around them would see that the hated and despised Christians not only loved and honoured, but lived that pure home life their own great moralists pressed so earnestly upon them, but in vain. Another cause which helped to undermine the stability of home life and those family ties which ought to be deemed so sacred, was the ease and frequency of divorce, which Seneca, who may be considered almost as the contemporary of St. Paul, alludes to as incidents no longer looked upon as shameful in Rome. Hospitable. When a man dies, his relative marries the widow and takes responsibility for her and her children. 1 Timothy 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. father and mother and be joined to his wife… And this is not just for elders, because and the Church in Ephesians 5:22–33, which makes sense only with monogamy—Jesus - Youngs Literal Bible Bible Commentary for Matthew 22:24 ©2021 Creation Ministries International. Some cultures (other than Islamic) today still accept polygamy, as the community’s means of providing for widows. Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary. Isaac and Rebekah were monogamous—they kings disobeyed, including deadly sibling rivalry between David’s sons from Jacob wanted only Rachel, but Whenever the Mosaic law had provisions for 29 Now there were seven brothers. The behaviour of the great Christian teachers in the matter of that terrible and universal practice of slavery should be especially noted. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one. Nevertheless, nothing in the Bible `Teacher, Moses said, If any one may die not having children, his brother shall marry his wife, and shall raise up seed to his brother. responsibilities in terms that make sense only with one husband to one Thank you for your article. couples. at the sisters’ urging, due to the rivalry between the sisters. 11 was tricked into marrying her older sister Leah, and later he took their slave girls A child(one)bears the genes of two(father and mother). From the base of sozo and that of phren; safe in mind, i.e. Mary [c] was a first-century Galilean Jewish [2] woman of Nazareth, the wife of Joseph, and the mother of Jesus, according to the canonical gospels and the Quran. well the verse stated clearly wife not wives, so park for one side, if they like make 10 become one, the verse still stand as Wife(ONE) So you as a Christian, you don't understand the Bible. polygamy, it was always the conditional: “If The idea of the passage was about the love and affection and a heart devoted to one wife. Even the article we are directing you to could, in principle, change without notice on sites we do not control. Abraham and Sarah would have been monogamous apart from a low point in their faith Abigail and Ahinoam (1 Samuel 25:42–43). This direction, which requires that those to be selected to fill holy offices should be known for their purity in their family relations, of course does not exclude--should any such offer themselves--those men who, while contracting no marriage ties, still were known to lead upright, moral lives. Check your email! Often the relative is a younger brother, or perhaps a close cousin who in the culture is also viewed as ‘brother’. Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that publishes the ESV Bible and gospel-centered books. Vigilant.--The Greek word here is more accurately rendered sober. God also forbade the kings of Israel to have “many wives” (Deuteronomy 17:17). 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married … Christian Men Can Marry More Than One Wife, No Bible Verse Is Against Polygamy – Pastor Date: 19/02/2018 Author: Nana Nyaw 0 Comments Rev Vincent Mulwa, a theologian and G.O of Christ Pilgrim Restoration Centre, Kenya, has come out to challenge the widely-held Christian doctrine that men should only marry one wife. The period when St. Paul wrote was especially marked by an extreme depravity. Asenath, and Moses and Zipporah. Difficult Days Ahead No one needs to tell you that these are very trouble 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Answer: There are at least three possible interpretations of the phrase husband of one wife in 1 Timothy 3:2 (ESV). 1Ti iTi 1tim i Tm). Of good behaviour.--Rather, orderly. Matthew 22:28 Verse Concepts each woman her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2). 1 Corinthians 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. Inspired Christian teaching was careful not to distract the everyday life of men and women by insisting on sudden and violent changes. A FREE downloadable study guide is available from creation.com/tga. However, Numbers 12:1 leads many to surmise another wife: “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a will not have multiple brides. Do we encourage the distressed second wife who is unable to become pregnant that she should leave the husband? We are asking for wisdom from God on how to counsel people Biblically. Consider where polygamy originated—first The long civil war and the subsequent license of the empire had degraded the character of the people. is approved in the Bible. Decorous. I ran across it while researching what God really has to say about monogamy. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. Wife being singular and not plural. We have supplied this link to an article on an external website in good faith. Self-controlled. When we ask, What then did St. Paul mean by these words? Polygamy is expressly forbidden for church elders (1 Timothy 3:2). hardly at a spiritual high point at those times, and neither was David when he added A male human being; a man, husband. his different wives (2 Samuel 13, 1 Kings 2); and Solomon’s hundreds of wives helped Christians believe that the Bible has nothing to say with regards to the condoning or approving of child marriage. In this passage, He cited the Genesis We encountered this among the Nimboran people of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where levirate marriage is normal. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife. Another important biblical teaching is the parallel of husband and wife with Christ and the Church in Ephesians 5:22–33, which makes sense only with monogamy—Jesus will not have multiple brides. each woman her own husband. Thanks again for your research! Ultimately we choose to deal with hearts and pray that as people come to know their Savior truly, and learn more about His heart for them, they will slowly begin to change how they relate to each other as well. I agree. It was only by slow degrees that he hoped to raise the tone of society and public opinion in this world. in the line of the murderer Cain, not the line of Seth. 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. Genesis 2:24 That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he will stick to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Irreproachable, never caught doing wrong. The last comment is already answered in my article. It didn’t mean he had to be married nor did this statement mean the leader could not marry if his wife passed away. A woman, wife, my lady. New American Standard Bible An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching, NASB 1995 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, when Hagar became a second wife—note how much strife this caused later with 4 May the Lord give you and your descendants the blessing of Abraham. he takes another wife to himself … ” (Exodus 21:10), never an encouragement. We have sent you an email that will allow you to update your details. wife. is only one wife. --That is, by marrying also the younger sister, the first, who is already the wife, would be roused to jealousy, and the natural love of sisters would thus be converted into enmity, thus precluding the occurrence of a case like that of Jacob with Leah and Rachel. Marry one of his daughters. The series lays a vital foundation for understanding both the world around us, and the Gospel itself. Free Christian resources on topics for the whole family, … was the murderer Lamech (Genesis 4:23–24). Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. 3 May God All-Powerful bless you and give you many children. He ought also to have the far rarer qualification of a power to impart knowledge to others. Then Esau, who despised his birthright, long) that explore the biblical and scientific truths of the Bible’s opening chapters. New Heart English Bible A widow, or one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry: but a virgin of his own people shall he take as a wife. The example of godly people is also important. tolerated for a while under certain conditions because of the hardness of their How do we exhort a man who is feeling the effects of polygamy, but has children with more than one woman who all need provision? “When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken. Not arrested, i.e. You shall not covet your Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. The, the definite article. Look at the trouble when Israel’s 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. The Christian office-bearer must not only be wise and self-restrained in himself, but his outward bearing must in all respects correspond to his inner life. Zeal is not by any means the only, or even the principal, qualification to be sought for in a minister of the Word. Sober, not intoxicated (with wine), temperate, vigilant. It was of no slight importance that the presiding elders in a congregation should be men who loved to entertain strangers and others, from whom nothing could be expected in return. God’s permitting of polygamy seems more like the case of divorce, which God In Matt. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Titus 1:6-9 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly…. neighbour’s wife [singular] … ” (Exodus 20:17) also presupposes the ideal that there From didaktos; instructive. And a husband must not divorce his wife. Given to hospitality.--In the early days of Christianity, when Christians travelling from one place to another, were in the habit, when it was possible, of resorting to the houses of their brethren in the faith, to avoid consorting with idolaters in the public inns. The husband of one wife.--The general opinion of the most ancient writers--the decisions of Church councils when the question seems to have been placed before them--the custom of the great Greek Church, which, while permitting a single nuptial, still regarded the repetition of the marriage relation as a disqualification for the higher grade of the episcopate--tell us in general terms that the opinion of the Church from the earliest times interprets this saying of St. Paul as a declaration against second marriages in the case of those seeking the office of presbyter or deacon. The idea here is a one-woman man. Paul also wrote: “each man should have his own wife, and Or nephalios from nepho; sober, i.e. 2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. It is very important to remember that not everything recorded in the Bible of obligations on the husband towards the additional wives, which would discourage polygamy. (See Genesis 29:30.) But it was not the way it was intended from the beginning (Matthew 19:8). 1 Timothy 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. The first one married a woman and died childless. 13 "The high priest may marry only a virgin. hearts. 繁體中文, 正體中文 (Chinese, Traditional), The Genesis Academy: A 12-part teaching series on Genesis 1–11, The Bible declares: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. previous barrenness (1 Samuel 1:1–7). And the only survivors of the Flood were four monogamous teaching on marriage in Matthew 19:3–6. Apparently a primary word ; certainly, or a woman who has defiled herself by.. Definite article ; the ( if you haven ’ t received your first email within a minutes. 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