Bible verses about "polygamy" | ISV

Genesis 30:9


Genesis 30:4


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.'"

Numbers 12:1

1 Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses on account of the Cushite woman that he had married.

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

14 "When you have come to the land that the LORD your God is about to give you, and you have taken possession of it, and have settled in it, then you will say, 'I will appoint a king over me like all the nations around me.' 15 You will certainly set a king over you, whom the LORD your God will choose from among your relatives, but you must not place a foreign king over you who is not from your relatives. 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. 18 When he occupies his royal throne, he must make a copy of this Law for himself from a scroll used by the Levitical priests. 19 It shall remain with him the rest of his life so he may learn to fear the LORD his God and observe all the words of this Law and these statutes, in order to fulfill them. 20 He is not to exalt himself over his relatives, nor turn aside from the commandment {— } neither to the right nor to the left {— } so that he and his sons may reign long in Israel."

1 Samuel 1:1-2

1 A certain man lived in Ramathaim Zophim, which is in the hill country of Ephraim. He was Jeroham's son Elkanah, the grandson of Jeroham, Elihu's son and grandson of Tohu, who was the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other was Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

2 Samuel 5:13

13 But after arriving in Jerusalem after leaving Hebron, David took more wives and mistresses, and more sons and daughters were born to David.

1 Kings 11:1-4

1 But King Solomon married many foreign women besides the daughter of Pharaoh: women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidonia, along with Hittite women, too, 2 all of them from nations that the LORD had ordered the Israelites, "You are not to associate with them and they are not to associate with you, because they will most certainly turn your affections away to follow their gods." Solomon became deeply attached to them by falling in love. 3 He had 700 princess wives and 300 mistresses who turned his heart away from the LORD, 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.

1 Chronicles 4:5

5 Tekoa's father Ashhur had two wives, Helah and Naarah.

2 Chronicles 24:3

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

Song of Songs 6:8

8 There are sixty queens and eighty mistresses, and too many young women to count,

Ezekiel 23:1-4

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1 Corinthians 7:1-5

1 Now about what you asked: "Is it advisable for a man not to marry?" 2 Because sexual immorality is so rampant, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband. 3 A husband should fulfill his obligation to his wife, and a wife should do the same for her husband. 4 A wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but his wife does. 5 Do not withhold yourselves from each other unless you agree to do so just for a set time, in order to devote yourselves to prayer. Then you should come together again so that Satan does not tempt you through your lack of self-control.

Titus 1:5-8

5 The reason I left you in Crete was to complete what still needed to be done and to appoint elders in every city, as I myself commanded you. 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. 7 Because an overseer is God's servant manager, he must be blameless. He must not be arrogant or irritable. He must not drink too much, be a violent person, or make money in shameful ways. 8 Instead, he must be hospitable to strangers, must appreciate what is good, and be sensible, honest, moral, and self-controlled.

Genesis 4:19

19 Later, Lamech married two wives. One was named Adah and the other was named Zillah.

Judges 8:30

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

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 13:21

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

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.)

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!

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."

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.

Isaiah 4:1


Matthew 25:1-46

1 "At that time, the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten bridesmaids who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Now five of them were foolish, and five were wise, 3 because when the foolish ones took their lamps, they didn't take any oil with them. 4 But the wise ones took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 Since the groom was late, all of them became sleepy and lay down. 6 "But at midnight there came a shout: 'The groom is here! Come out to meet him!' 7 Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. 8 But the foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out!' 9 But the wise ones replied, 'No! There will never be enough for us and for you. You'd better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10 "While they were away buying it, the groom arrived. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet, and the door was closed. 11 Later the other bridesmaids arrived and said, 'Lord, lord, open up for us!' 12 But he replied, 'I tell you with certainty, I don't know you!' 13 So keep on watching, because you don't know the day or the hour." 14 "Similarly, it is like a man going on a trip who called his servants and turned his money over to them. 15 To one man he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, based on their ability. Then he went on his trip. 16 "The one who received five talents went out at once and invested them and earned five more. 17 In the same way, the one who had two talents earned two more. 18 But the one who received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and buried his master's money. 19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I've earned five more talents.' 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy servant! Since you have been trustworthy with a small amount, I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's joy!' 22 "The one with two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I've earned two more talents.' 23 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy servant! Since you have been trustworthy with a small amount, I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's joy!' 24 "Then the one who had received one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you haven't planted and gathering where you haven't scattered any seed. 25 Being afraid, I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here, take what is yours!' 26 "His master answered him, 'You evil and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvested where I haven't planted and gathered where I haven't scattered any seed? 27 Then you should have invested my money with the bankers. When I returned, I would have received my money back with interest.' 28 Then the master said, 'Take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the ten talents, 29 because to everyone who has something, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the person who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30 Throw this useless servant into the outer darkness! In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" 31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them out, one from another, like a shepherd separates sheep from goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left. 34 "Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, 35 because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' 37 "Then the righteous will say to him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 The king will answer them, 'I tell you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.' 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Get away from me, you who are accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 Here's why: I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn't welcome me. I was naked, and you didn't clothe me. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.' 44 "Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn't help you?' 45 Then he will say to them, 'I tell you with certainty, since you didn't do it for one of the least important of these, you didn't do it for me.' 46 These people will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."

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.

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