Bible Polygyny

Jehovah watch between you and me when we are absent from one another. ....you shall (not) take wives besides my daughters, ..God is witness between you and me. Gen. 31:49-50.

 

God provided for men to take servant girls as wives (concubines, Jdg.9:18) and in this provision strictly commanded such husbands not to discontinue the marriage duties to the servant wife if he married another wife. This is God’s judgment for such marriages at the beginning of Israel's kingdom.

Exo 21:2  If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years. And in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exo 21:4  If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
Exo 21:7  And if a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
Exo 21:8-11  If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no power to sell her to a strange nation, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her as with daughters. If he takes himself another wife, her food, her clothing, and her duty of marriage shall not be lessened. And if he does not do these three to her, then she shall go out free without money.

These Scriptures were in the mind of those seven women of prophecy (Is.4:1-4) who were prepared to forego their rights under these righteous ordinances because husbands will be so scarce in that day.

Christians clinging to their “polygamy is a sin” error, have no Scriptural answer to these ordinances from God for polygamy.


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