Bible verses about "polygamy" | ISV

Deuteronomy 21:15-17

15 "If a man has two wives where one is loved but the other is unloved, and both of them bear him sons, but the firstborn is the son of the unloved wife, 16 then when he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, he must not give preference to the firstborn of the beloved wife over the firstborn of the unloved wife. 17 Instead, he must acknowledge the firstborn of the unloved wife by giving him double of everything he owns, because he is really the first fruit of his father's strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him."

Deuteronomy 25:5-10

5 "When two brothers are living together and one of them dies without leaving a son, his widow must not be married outside the family to a foreigner. Instead, the brother-in-law must go to her, take her as his wife, and by doing so perform the duty of a brother-in-law. 6 The firstborn whom she will bear will continue the name of the dead brother, so his name will not be erased from Israel. 7 But if the man does not want to marry his brother's widow, then she must go to the elders at the city gate and declare, 'My husband's brother refuses to perform the duty of a brother-in-law in order to preserve the name of his brother in Israel. He is not willing to perform the duty of a brother-in-law.' 8 Then the elders of the city are to summon him and speak with him. If he insists on saying, 'I don't want to marry her,' 9 then she is to approach her brother-in-law in the presence of the elders, remove his sandal, spit in his face, and say in response, 'May this be done to the man who does not preserve the lineage of his brother.' 10 Then his family name in Israel will be known 'as the family of the one whose sandal was removed.'"

Deuteronomy 17:16-17

16 Only he must not amass horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt to obtain more horses. For the LORD said you must never return that way again. 17 Also, he must not accumulate wives for himself (otherwise, his affection will become diverted), nor accumulate for himself excessive quantities of silver and gold.

2 Samuel 12:8

8 "'I gave you your former master's household. "'I placed your former master's wives right in your arms. "'I gave you Israel and Judah. "'And if this had been too little, I would have added much more than that to you!

1 Chronicles 3:1-9

1 These are David's descendants who were born to him in Hebron: Amnon his firstborn by Ahinoam the Jezreelite, Daniel his second born by Abigail the Carmelite, 2 Absalom his third born by Maacah daughter of King Talmai of Geshur, Adonijah his fourth born by Haggith, 3 Shephatiah his fifth born by Abital, and Ithream his sixth born by his wife Eglah. 4 These six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven years and six months. He reigned 33 years in Jerusalem. 5 These four children were born to David by Bath-shua daughter of Ammiel while he was living in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, 6 followed by nine more: Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. 9 All these were David's sons, besides children born to his mistresses. Tamar was their sister.

2 Chronicles 24:3

3 who found two wives for him, so he fathered sons and daughters.

2 Chronicles 13:21

21 but Abijah continued to grow more powerful. He took fourteen wives for himself and fathered 22 sons and sixteen daughters.

Isaiah 4:1

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Titus 1:6

6 An elder must be blameless. He must be the husband of one wife and have children who are believers and who are not accused of having wild lifestyles or of being rebellious.

Judges 8:30

30 Gideon raised 70 sons as his direct descendants, since he had many wives.

1 Kings 11:4

4 because as Solomon grew older, his wives turned his affections away after other gods, and his heart was not fully as devoted to the LORD his God as his father David's heart had been.

2 Chronicles 11:21

21 Rehoboam loved Absalom's daughter Maacah more than he did all of his wives and mistresses. (He married eighteen wives and 60 concubines, fathering 28 sons and 60 daughters.)

Matthew 19:4-6

4 He answered them, "Haven't you read that the one who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female' 5 and said, 'That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate."

Deuteronomy 21:15

15 "If a man has two wives where one is loved but the other is unloved, and both of them bear him sons, but the firstborn is the son of the unloved wife,

1 Kings 11:3

3 He had 700 princess wives and 300 mistresses who turned his heart away from the LORD,

2 Chronicles 24:1-3

1 Joash was seven years old when he began his reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah. She was from Beersheba. 2 Joash practiced what the LORD considered to be right during the lifetime of Jehoiada the priests, 3 who found two wives for him, so he fathered sons and daughters.

1 Timothy 3:2

2 Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, hospitable to strangers, and teachable.

Exodus 21:10

10 If he takes another woman for himself, he may not withhold from the first her food, her clothing, or her marital rights.

1 Timothy 3:12

12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.

1 Corinthians 7:2

2 Because sexual immorality is so rampant, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband.

Deuteronomy 17:17

17 Also, he must not accumulate wives for himself (otherwise, his affection will become diverted), nor accumulate for himself excessive quantities of silver and gold.

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