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
Monogamy is shown in God’s relationship with his people
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
Monogamy is commanded