5717 monogamy

5717 monogamy

The practice of having and remaining faithful to only one marriage partner at one time. It is set out as God’s ideal for human relationships; an ideal demonstrated in the use of the marriage bond to portray the relationship between God and his people.

Monogamy as God’s original intention for marriage

Ge 2:22-24 See also Mal 2:15; Mt 19:4-6 pp Mk 10:6-9; Eph 5:31

Monogamy is shown in God’s relationship with his people

God’s marriage with Israel Eze 16:8 See also Isa 54:5-8; Jer 2:2-3; Hos 2:16-20; Hos 3:1; Eph 5:32-33

God’s exclusive commitment to Israel Dt 14:2; Am 3:2 See also Ex 19:5-6; Dt 26:18; Dt 32:8; Ps 135:4

Monogamy in marriage

The commitment to a lifelong, loving companionship Ge 2:18; Pr 5:15-19 The satisfaction that may be found in marriage makes marital unfaithfulness and polygamy unnecessary. See also Pr 2:17; Ecc 9:9; Mal 2:14

Polygamy undermines full commitment Dt 21:15 Favouritism within polygamous relationships undermines the close companionship which should characterise marriage. See also Ge 29:30; 1Sa 1:1-8; 2Ch 11:21-22

Monogamy is implicit in teaching about divorce

Mt 19:9 pp Mk 10:11 See also Lk 16:18

Monogamy is commanded

1Co 7:2-4 This is an implicit, but clear prohibition of polygamy; 1Ti 3:12 Monogamy is obligatory in leaders. See also 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6

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