Bible Polygyny

The following passage proves beyond any debate that God, Jehovah, had two wives. There is absolutely NOTHING we can say to this plain, unambiguous statement by God Himself.

Jer 31:31-32 Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will cut a new covenant
with the house of Israel,
and with the house of Judah,
not according to the covenant
that I cut with their fathers
in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke,
although I was a husband to them,
says Jehovah;

God is not a husband to Israel's fathers, God is not a homosexual or homoerotic. Jer.31:32 refers to the two houses, Israel and Judah, follow the pronouns back to the two houses. See the following chapter;

Eze 23:2, 4 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother. And their names were Oholah, the oldest, and Oholibah, her sister. And they were Mine, and they bore sons and daughters.

Our Heavenly Father has two sisters as (figurative) wives, so much for the permissive will of God argument, does God permit Himself to do evil?

"Oh!" scream the traditionalist, "but its only in a figure", yes but our God doesn't engage in spiritual wickedness either.

The Bible is correct our doctrine is wrong, polygyny is not evil.


If a man has two wives, .. when he makes his sons to inherit what he has, he may not cause to inherit the son of the beloved first-born before the son of the hated one, he who is truly the first-born. Deut 21:15-16.


Is the Bible against polygamy? Absolutely not.

Is the Bible monogamy only or do we have monogamy only Bible saints? Absolutely not.

Is polygamy Biblical? Yes but unfortunately we have been taught the contrary. There are many Bible verses on polygamy in fact we hold a polygamy Bible in our hands. Why not look at the Bible polygamists link and see just how many there are in God's Word.

Are there Scriptures against polygamy? No, there are not. Visit our usual objections page to see how far outside the limits of sound hermeneutics monogamy only Christians will reach to defend tradition.

Did your church tell you that there have been many giants of faith who have endorsed polygamy as Biblical? Do we know when we sing Wesley hymns that many of them were written by a practicing polygamist as was Martha Wesley, sister to John and Charles?  I hope this doesn't make their hymns distasteful. Have you read Martin Luther or St Augustine on polygamy? Did you know Martin Maden, John Dryden and John Milton were pro-polygamy? Guess your church doesn't want you to know any of these discomforting details? Has your church told you that Christians continued to practice polygamy for nearly 300 years after the close of the NT era, and concubines remained in Christian families for nearly 1500 years? Guess the usual use of 1Tim.3 was not usual in those times.

Withholding information is a federal crime but not so in traditional church circles apparently.

As you read the usual objections try and notice how traditionalists twist Scripture and resort to arguments outside the Word. In fact, it amazes us how many supposedly sincere Christians will flatly DENY God's Word when it comes to this subject.

Many Christians are unsettled; terrified by the subject of polygyny because of the widespread error constantly promoted by the denominational systems that polygamy is adultery. Polygamy is not adultery, is never called adultery by God and it is God who defines sin, not our favorite "church". If this subject "offends" anyone, there is little we can do about it, for it is as much a Bible subject as love.

Traditionalists vainly attempt to argue polygyny as sin from such passages as Gen.2:24, 1Tim.3:2, Eph.5, Matt.19 and 1Cor.7 despite the fact that none of these or any other Bible passage clearly show God supporting such a stand.

Many try to refute polygyny using the "God's original intention" or "God's ideal" argument which breaks down under careful consideration as does the "permissive will"  position both of which we consider on the "Usual Objections" link.

Another classic attempt to deny polygamy is the cry that "Christ only has one Bride" which when placed under the microscope is also found to be void of substance as a Scriptural argument.

Our God promoted polygyny and our God does not promote sin. Our God is a polygynist and does not engage in or "permit" any form of wickedness. It is said of Jehovah;
Hab 1:13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look upon vexation. Why do You look upon those who deal deceitfully? Will you be silent when the wicked swallows one more righteous than he?

Our God made laws for polygyny. Our God destroyed a man who would not practice polygyny. Our God calls polygyny holy. Our God inserted polygamy in redemption's plan. Our God says He was a husband to them but the church says God had no wives. I think it is time we ceased contradicting God to defend a wrong tradition.

It is a nonsense to suggest Polygyny was blessed by God in the O.T. then suddenly declared adultery in the N.T. Why? Because Isaiah the prophet tells of polygamy in Christ's future Kingdom, keep reading. Oh dear, our traditions send God hopping from one foot to the other. God accepted polygamy and we should at least be prepared to accept what God accepted.

Why is polygyny a fundamental truth for all ages? Because marriage is a fundamental or continuing truth and Isaiah foretells a day, future to the NT, when men will be in such short supply (Isa.13:12) that seven women will ask one man to marry them. These yet future polygynous marriages will be in the sight of Jehovah, so how can He have abolished it in the NT?:
Isa 4:1-2  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread and wear our own clothing; only let us be called by your name, to take away our shame. In that day shall the Branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth excellent and comely for those who have escaped from Israel.

Polygyny was not "permitted" in the past, declared unsavoury in this present dispensation and returned to its "permitted" status in the future. Only the church traditions have God so changing His mind. Polygyny was holy in the past, it is holy now and will be holy in the future Kingdom.

Not one verse can be found in the N.T. which annuls, invalidates, abrogates, reverses or contradicts any of God's principles of marriage as established in His Word from Gen. to Rev. The Lord said this;
Mat 5:17 Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.

1Tim.3:2 and Titus 1:6, two passages which clearly show polygyny was a part of the NT assemblies, are often twisted to argue that the New Testament has cancelled or condemned polygynous marriages. The very churches which use such Scriptures against polygyny then totally ignore them and appoint women deacons and bishops.

The early church had polygynists within their assemblies for centuries after Paul wrote those words about the deacon having one wife. Obviously those closer to Paul did not understand any limitation on marriage by them. Perhaps they understood the deacons must be married as it is in the original language.

And when the early "church fathers" who were not fathers of Christianity by any means, argued against polygamy it was primarily based upon their view that intimacy was of the flesh and the greater choice was abstinence as Tertullian remarks:
But (as for the question) whether monogamy be "burdensome," let the still shameless "infirmity of the flesh" look to that: let us meantime come to an agreement as to whether it be "novel." This (even) broader assertion we make: that even if the Paraclete had in this our day definitely prescribed a virginity or continence total and absolute, so as not to permit the heat of the flesh to foam itself down even in single marriage, even thus He would seem to be introducing nothing of "novelty; "seeing that the Lord Himself
opens "the kingdoms of the heavens" to "eunuchs,"
as being Himself, withal, a virgin; to whom looking, the apostle also----himself too for this reason abstinent----gives the preference to continence. V1 on Monogamy chapter 3.

In other words, even monogamy was occasion for the foaming of the flesh. Today Tertullian's arguments would have little support even among monogamy only expositors.

It is also claimed today that only bad things come from polygyny but try not to say that to the Lord since most of His genealogy consist of polygamists. And if it be so, then please eradicate the two books of Samuel from your Bible along with all the blessings the Lord promised the world through the polygamous family of Israel.

Are there problems in polygamous families, yes of course, just as there are in monogamous ones.

Statistics show that there are more women than men of faith and if we are to be equally joined together (2Cor.6:14,1Cor.7:39) then polygyny is a God sanctioned option for those who by faith are able to live this lifestyle. If faithful men desire to provide spiritual headship for more than one wife, and Christian women are strongly committed to plural Christian marriages then such are free before God to so marry without condemnation and excommunication.

A good place to start would be the "Usual Objections" link.

Polygyny is as much a marriage according to Gen.2:24 as monogamy.



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Bible polyamory
an oxymoron

Not once
in the Bible

does God use Gen.2:24 against polygyny but the "church" does. Who do you think knows what was originally meant?

When Gen.2:24 was given to Israel so was Ex.21:10, Deut.21:15, 25:5-10. Israel did not cease to practice polygamy when they read Gen.2:24, in fact laws were given for it thus God permitted and promoted polygamy

Gen.20 clearly shows God accepting polygamy but denouncing adultery

Jacob was "one flesh" with each wife and never condemned by God for having more than one.

When the Pharisees wanted to DIVORCE their wives the Lord used Gen.2:24 to endorse the unity of marriage. Polygyny is marriage not divorce, so the use of Matt.19 against polygyny is a twist of Scripture.

In 1Corinthians 6:16, Paul uses Gen.2:24 as to  a harlot who had many men in a day.

Gen.2:24 does not, and never meant one man and one woman only in marriage.


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