Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I'll post something more substantial here soon. In the meantime, for posterity, I thought I'd inject some traditional Biblical wisdom on the contentious topic of marriage. Yes, I know I'm not the first to do this, but I'm doing it anyway.

The Bible on Marriage
“Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women.”
Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5

“Marriage shall not impede a man’s right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives.”
II Sam 5:13; Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21

“A Marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.”
Deut 22:13-21

“Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden.”
Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30

“Since marriage is for life, no government or law shall be able to permit divorce.”
Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9

“If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother’s widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law.”
Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10

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