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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5717 monogamy
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

See also

5675divorce
5680family
5702husband
5708marriage
5732polygamy
5744wife
6242adultery

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