Bible Polygyny

the correct Biblical term is

giving thanks to the Father, who has made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light.
. Col.1:12



What is the difference between polygamy and polygyny?

The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time. Also called plural marriage.

The condition or practice of having more than one wife at one time.

We provide a comparison:
Polygamy is a plural family without respect to structure or relationship. A polygamous family could include two husbands and three wives, or any combination of men and women living together in what they call a "marriage". These are not Biblical marriages in our opinion.

A polygynous family is one in which there is one husband with more than one wife. This is a legitimate form of Biblical marriage, just as sanctioned as monogamy. Here are three verses of Scripture written
and given to God's people at the same time. How can anyone suggest that Gen.2:24 insists on one husband and one wife?

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh.  (note no TWO shall be one flesh)

Exo 21:10  If he takes himself another wife, her food, her clothing, and her duty of marriage shall not be lessened.

Deu 21:15  If a man has two wives, one beloved and another hated, and they have borne him sons, the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born son was of her that was hated,

Here are some other terms we will find as we research human relationships.

Polyandry is one wife with more than one husband but this is not endorsed in Scripture by either practice or precept. The husband is Head of each wife, a reflection of the spiritual headship Christ provides for the church which is His Body corporately and every member singularly. Some ancient subsistent cultures practice this as a form of birth control, but it is not Biblical.

Despite their protests to the contrary, polyamory or many loves is fornication. Sex is not to be used and abused with such godless liberalities.

Marriage provides the joy intimacy brings and without bonded commitment before our God sex is nothing more than self indulgence; free love is a free ticket to deep sadness. The Lord does not sanction fornication and the Lord has clearly established hierarchal order, the husband head of each wife, the wife with one husband.
For the married woman was bound by law to the living husband. But if the husband is dead, she is set free from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband lives, she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress by becoming another man's wife.
Rom 7:2-3

Please do not correlate or condone the licentious behaviour of polyamory with God's Word.  A woman having multiple men is an offence to God. Intimacy is marriage and a woman with multiple men has multiple husbands and out of line with God's Word. Men sleeping with the same woman are committing fornication

Polyamory is a wicked deception. Many loves or lovers based loosely on the concept that we are to love each other as Christ commanded is Bible abuse not adherence.

Intimacy is something precious; a gift from God who made people male and female and to abuse intimacy with multiple lovers and then twist the Word of God in an attempt to condone it is double wickedness. God is not liberally minded in such things and neither are His obedient children.

Polygyny and monogamy are endorsed by God in His Word; a husband is free to have as many wives as he can comfortably support.

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