If he takes himself another wife, her food, her clothing, and her duty of marriage shall not be lessened. Ex.2110.
There are a few folk who think that polygyny
is the exploitation of women. The emotive word conjuring up images of
beaten and distraught women running at the bid and whim of slave
driving husbands who have gathered them for non-paid service and
Perhaps this is based upon the belief that only polygynous husbands accrue wives for such ends; financial, physical and any other benefit they can squeeze out of them. In other words all men who gather wives around them are basically selfish and see wives as a means of personal gain obtained by misuse and abuse of those women silly enough not to have seen through them in the first place and all such men are polygynous.
Let us all acknowledge that some men should never be husbands, they exploit their wives and treat them like dirt; and I know my readers have met such husbands, most of whom are monogamous. When will we acknowledge that abuse of any kind is not exclusive to polygyny and can never be used to argue against it.
This is a Christian web site and the
Bible makes it very clear as to the attitude husbands are to have and
demonstrate in their families and we post some passages again;
It has been observed by some, not
threatened by polygyny, that quality Christian men with depth of
character, strength of conviction and love of the Lord and His Word will
be attractive to women. A wife or wives of such husbands would never be
exploited or even feel so.
Perhaps it is time for polygyny to
provide the sort of challenge some men and husbands need. As they see
Christian men attracting Christian women for the right reasons, the
might consider and even start being the husbands the Bible demands.
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