What Does the Bible REALLY Say About Marriage?

Some people think that the Bible says that marriage is only between one man and one woman. Here’s what the Bible actually says. I’ve typed out some of it below with a few edits:

MAN + WOMAN (NUCLEAR FAMILY)

Genesis 2:24

  • wives subordinate to their husbands
  • interfaith marriages forbidden
  • marriages generally arranged, not based on romantic love
  • bride who cannot prove virginity stoned to death

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

22:20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
22:21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die. . .

MAN + WIVES + CONCUBINES

  • Abraham – 2 concubines
  • Gideon – 1 concubine
  • Nahor – 1 concubine
  • Jacob – 1 concubine
  • Eliphaz – 1 concubine
  • Caleb – 2 concubines
  • Manassah – 1 concubine
  • Wise Solomon – 300 concubines
  • Belshazzar – >1 concubine

MAN + WOMAN + WOMAN’S PROPERTY

Genesis 16

Man gets wife’s property including her slaves.

MAN + WOMAN + WOMAN + WOMAN… (POLYGAMY)

Many examples in the Bible, from Solomon’s 700 wives, to Jacob’s 2.

MAN + HIS BROTHER’S WIDOW

Genesis 38:6-10

A widow who hasn’t had a son is required to marry her brother in law and must submit sexually to her new husband.

RAPIST + HIS VICTIM

Deuteronomy 22:28-29

A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist. The rapist must pay the victim’s father 50 sheckels of silver for property loss.

MALE SOLDIER + PRISONER OF WAR

Numbers 31:1-18, Deuteronomy 21:11-14

Under Moses’ command, Israelites kill every Midianite man, woman and child, save for the virgin girls who are taken as spoils of war. Wives must submit sexually to their new owners.

MALE SLAVE + FEMALE SLAVE

Exodus 21:4

Slave owner can assign female slaves to his male slaves. Female slaves must submit sexually to their new husbands.

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