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Polygamy in the Bible


It is Christian culture, not the Christian religion, which has prohibited polygamy. In the Bible Paul has recommended monogamy for bishops and Jesus has spoken of the sanctity union but no Bible verse prohibits the practice. Polygamy is in the Bible. Polygamy is found throughout history. These facts prove that marriage's definition includes plural marriage. Polygamy is a far older traditional marriage than anti-polygamy.

Christians prohibiting polygamy,

 While Jesus and the Old Testament clearly allowed it! 

The woman created for the man

Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 1-Corinthians 11:9 If she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11: But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 1-Corinthians 7:10-11

If you love me let me know

If you don’t  let me go

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. 24: Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives are to their own husbands in everything. Ephesian 5:23-24:

Submission to Husbands

 1Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 1 Peter 3:1 (New King James Version)


2 Samuel 5:13 (New International Version - UK)

13 After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.

14 In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.

14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.
15 Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.

 Esther 2:14-15 (New King James Version)

8 Sixty queens there may be,
eighty concubines,
       and virgins beyond number;

Song of Solomon 6:8 (New International Version)

17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. Deuteronomy 17:17 (New International Version)

700 wives and 300 concubines

Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 1 Kings 11:3 (New International Version)

Rehoboam had eighteen wives

and sixty concubines

21 Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.2 Chronicles 11:21 (New King James Version)

Gideon had many wives as well as a concubine

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of  Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: Hebrews 11:32 (New King James Version)

Gideon had many wives

as well as a concubine.

30 Gideon had seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.Judges 8:30-31 (New King James Version)

David had many wives and concubines

13And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more Sons and daughters were born to David. 2 Samuel 5:13 (New King James Version).

3 Now David came to his house at Jerusalem. And the king took the ten women, his concubines whom he had left to keep the house.2 Samuel 20:3 (New King James Version).


8”I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!”2 Samuel 12:8 (New King James Version)

Abram’s wives and concubines

1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. Genesis 16:1, 3 (New King James Version).

Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah. Genesis 25:1.

And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east. Genesis 25:5. 6

Moses allows polygamy

26 “Count up the plunder that was taken—of man and beast—you and Eleazar the priest and the chief fathers of the congregation; 27 and divide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the war, who went out to battle, and all the congregation.35and thirty-two thousand persons in all, of women who had not known a man intimately. Numbers 31:26, 35 (New King James Version)

10 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hand, and you take them captive, 11 and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and desire her and would take her for your wife, Deuteronomy 21:10-12 (New King James Version)
15“If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved.
Deuteronomy 21:15 (New King James Version)
Now Amram took for himself Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses.21Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. Exodus 6:20, 2:21 (New King James Version)

Jacob’s wives

17 Then Jacob rose and set his sons and his wives on camels. Genesis 31:17 (New King James Version)

Jesus and ten virgins

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:9 (New King James Version).

 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the

bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[
a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while

they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[
b] in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew25:1-13 (New King James Version)

The marriage's definition includes plural marriage in the Bible i.e. Polygamy really is Biblical.

Why do the Christians prohibiting polygamy, while Jesus and the Old Testament clearly allowed it?