The Patriarchs in Scripture
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith
deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Yahuah said He GAVE Wives
Sometimes, people are indeed honest enough to admit that the Scripture really does not prohibit polygamy. However, as a hedge against that admission, such ones may then resort to saying one of the following assertions:
David a friend of YAH
The passage involving 2 Samuel 12:8 rather clearly reveals otherwise.
"And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things." 2 Samuel 12:8.
The context of the verse is that of Yahuah, speaking through a prophet (Nathan), calling out David for David's sin of taking another man's wife (Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite), which is adultery indeed, and for setting up the death of Uriah the Hittite to try to hide David's sin.
Also, at the point in time of this situation, David had already been married to at least seven known-named wives. (1_Samuel 18:27, 25:42-43, 2_Samuel 3:2-5.)
But, in this verse 12 (above), Yahuah was not condemning David for all his wives! In fact, this verse 12 shows Yahuah Himself actually saying that HE was the One Who had GIVEN David His wives.
If Yahuah was against David's polygamy, He certainly would not have said that He had GIVEN David his wives.
But the ALMIGHTY did not stop there. That verse 12 shows that the Almighty took it even one step further than that! The ALMIGHTY Yahuah even went on further to say that if David had wanted more wives, the Almighty Himself said that He would have given David even more!
It was only because David had sinned, in committing adultery by taking another man's wife, and then causing that man's death to try to hide David's sin, that the Almighty was calling him out through the prophet Nathan. There was no sin in the polygamy at all.
This is later confirmed that this was the only matter by 1 Kings 15:5, which says the following:
"Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the ALMIGHTY, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. " 1 Kings 15:5.
Two verses before that, in 1 Kings 15:3, the Scripture says that David's heart was perfect with the ALMIGHTY Yahuah.
Very clearly, therefore, what all this shows is that Yahuah is the One Who gives wives, even when more than one wife.
This is, of course, confirmed by 1_Corinthians 7:17.
"But as Yahuah hath distributed to every man, as the Almighty
hath called every one,
so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches." 1 Corinthians 7:17.
Be it NO wife, ONE wife, or MORE THAN ONE wife, it is only has Yahuah calls and gives.
As such, it is clear that the Scripture does, in fact, explicitly show
In 2 Samuel 12:8, He Himself said so!
Faithful friend of Yahuah and father of the Hebrew nation
"Father of the faithful"
3 Wives - Sarah, Hagar and Keturah
"Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar." Genesis 16:1
"And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife." Genesis 16:3
"Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah." Genesis 25:1
Father of the twelve patriarchs of the tribes of Israel
"The prince of YAH"
HE HAD 4 Wives - Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah
"And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her." Genesis 29:23
"And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also." Genesis 29:28
"And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her." Genesis 30:4
"When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife." Genesis 30:9
What about Moses?
Penned the Pentateuch, Torah, Genesis through Deuteronomy (which includes authoring the passages of Genesis chapters 2 through 3, Genesis 2:24, Exodus 21:10, Deuteronomy 21:15, etc.).
2 Wives, Zipporah and the Ethiopian Woman
"And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter." Exodus 2:21. (See also Exodus 18:1-6.)
"And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." Numbers 12:1
Seven Women shall take hold of One Man
"And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own read, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. " Isaiah 4:1.
That "seven women" would seek to be called by the name of "one man" is a clear evidence of polygamy (polygamy) in the Scripture, even in prophecy such as this passage. Of course, though, the situation described in this prophetic verse is not all that positive.
A rather small minority, however, does view that verse as a "literal" prophecy, foretelling of a time when women might out-number men, seven-to-one.
Howbeit, most Scripture-believers see that verse, instead, as a negative prophecy, regarding the churches of YAH seeking to "do their own thing".
According to the verse, the seven women are arrogant women. Their only motivation for marrying the man is to use him. They only want to be CALLED by the man's name, only so as to take away their reproach, their shame. But they still arrogantly want to do things their own way. They want to provide their own things their own way.
This, of course, does NOT present an image of the type of wives that Scripture-believing men would want to marry! It certainly does not describe marriage within the Biblical marriage-model of Ephesians 5:22-25.
Given, as the majority of Scripture-believers believe, that this prophecy is an image about arrogant churches (rather than "literally" about arrogant women wanting to marry a polygamist), this passage presents a "wake-up call" for all Scripture-believers.
Namely, the "seven women" are understood as being churches who only want to be CALLED by the name of Messiah to be His brides. They only do so in hopes of having their fruitless shame (as per sin) removed, even though they still arrogantly want to do things their own way.
They want to feed themselves their own bread, instead of being fed on the bread of Messiah .
They want to clothe themselves in their own apparel, instead of being clothed in the righteousness of Messiah .
While there is reasonable debate among many as to whether the similitude of the "seven women" in Isaiah 4:1 is connected directly with the "seven churches" of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, many still agree, nevertheless, that Isaiah 4:1 is a negative prophecy concerning arrogant churches. It is the foretelling of seven churches wanting to marry Messiah who do so only with a selfish motive to seek to have His salvation (i.e., to be CALLED "Messianic", to be CALLED by His Name) but while, at the same time, still wanting to be doing things their own way, to stay in their sin. They want to be CALLED " Messianic " but they do not want to BE Messianic, in ALL their ways, "in spirit and in truth".
Isaiah 4:1 could be seen as a forewarning, that this prophecy could even be foretelling of any Churches that adamantly refuse to believe or to allow themselves to see the Biblically-proven truth that polygamy (polygyny) really is Biblical. That is, such Churches want to be called by the name of Messiah , while they simultaneously close their ears to the Biblical truth of polygyny and thereby unwittingly even accuse Yahusha Messiah Himself of supposed "sin", because of Matthew 25:1-13! This is, of course, combined with the matter that 1 Timothy 4:1-3a reveals that the Set Apart Spirit expressly foretold of the time when people would be forbidding to marry any families such as that of polygamous Abraham, Moses, David, and others, as well as how Yahuah described Himself polygynously too, as Yahusha clearly did, for example, in Matthew 25:1-13.
Indeed, Isaiah 4:1 is not the only time that a prophecy describes the relationship between The Yah and the Churches in a context of a polygamist marriage setting.
Namely, this Isaiah 4:1 prophecy does indeed also provide such additional confirmation of the Biblical presentation of the plurality of Churches (i.e., more than one) being as brides of Messiah (plurally). Just as Messiah is presented as polygamously married to His Churches (i.e., being Bridegroom of the "five wise virgins") in Matthew 25:1-13, so too does this Isaiah 4:1 present Messiah in another context of polygamous marriage with Churches.
Even as the Isaiah 4:1 prophecy is indeed so perceived by most Scripture-believers as such a negative prophecy regarding the churches, it does still, nevertheless, demonstrate a key point about the topic of polygamy.
Namely, the fact that this prophecy would detail the idea of seven women who WANT to marry a polygamist (even in the context of churches unto Messiah ), that fact itself, that a prophecy of Yah would use polygamy in such an example, is further proof again that polygamy really is Biblical.
Malachi 2:14-15 --- "wife of thy youth" is a man's first wife, the wife with whom he grew and learned how to so love, bless, and edify any wife.
"If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish." Exodus 21:10.
Exodus 21:10 protects the first (and previous) wife(s). Note that this verse comes only 22 verses AFTER the 7th Commandment ("Thou shalt not commit adultery") in Exodus 20:14.
1_Kings 11:3-4: Solomon multiplied wives (up to 1,000!) which was prohibited and prophesied that a king would do in Deuteronomy 17:17. But that passage in 1_Kings 11:3-4 says his father David's heart was "perfect". Indeed, as the previous verse of Deuteronomy 17:16 also prohibits a king from multiplying horses, no one would read that to think that it suggests that a king was somehow not able to have/add more than one horse! As such, there is a clear difference between multiplying and merely adding. And this can be seen as the difference between Solomon and his father David. Where Solomon had multiplied (i.e., stored-up, hoarded), David had only added his 18+ wives. (In Genesis 25:1, "Then AGAIN Abraham took a wife... Keturah". The word,"AGAIN", there translates to add --or "augment"-- in the Hebrew. And, indeed, Abraham was adding his third wife Keturah to himself.) So, Solomon's sin was multiplying wives (which turned his heart away from YAHUAH) while his father David had simply added wives. Hence, adding more than one wife is biblically acceptable (just as David did), whereas multiplying wives (just as Solomon did) is what was prohibited in Deuteronomy 17:14,17.
1_Timothy 4:1-3a: the "Spirit speaketh expressly" and prophesied of the time of "forbidding to marry". Today's churches, (some unwittingly) "speaking lies in hypocrisy", would forbid the marriages of Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Moses, Gideon, and David ---not to mention forbidding how YAHUAH described Himself in Polygamist terms in Jeremiah 3 and Ezekiel 23, and how Messiah the perfect Savior did likewise when He referred to Himself as the Polygamous Bridegroom in the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. Indeed, such churches would not even allow such holy ones in the Scriptures to bring their polygamous families into such present-day churches. And yet, clearly, the Spirit expressly foretold of this profoundly obvious (even though often unwitting) hypocrisy, in 1_Timothy 4:1-3a.
1_Corinthians 7:10-11 & 27-28. In 1 Corinthians 7, the Apostle Paul differentiates when he is making his own "recommendation" (in verses 6, 12, and 25) and when he is expressing the "commandment of the Almighty " (verses 10-11). Indeed, in verses 10-11, Paul clarifies that the instruction in those two verses is the "commandment of the Almighty ". (It should therefore also be noted that the other areas in which he clarifies as being only his "recommendation" can NOT be used to otherwise and incorrectly assert that YAHUAH Himself is creating some sin or doctrine. After all, Paul's ultimate "recommendation" therein is celibacy!)
With that realized, it is clear for readers of the Scripture that Paul makes it emphatically clear that verses 10-11 are different. Namely, verses 10-11, in the exact way in which thay are actually written, are the "commandment of YAHUAH".
"And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Almighty , Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife." 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.
Paul further specifies that that above "commandment of the Almighty " was only addressed to believers-married-to-believers. In the next verses (i.e, 12-16), he clarifies that he is subsequently addressing believers-married-to-unbelievers, and that that subsequent instuction is not the Almighty 's words, but his own again.
Verses 10-11 show that, if a believer WIFE leaves her
believer HUSBAND, the believer WIFE is commanded of YAHUAH to either:
remain unmarried, or be reconciled back to her husband believer HUSBAND is commanded of YAHUAH to: not put away any wife, and to
let any departed wife return back to him
The key point is that the HUSBAND is NOT given the same commandments of instruction. Only the WIFE is commanded to remain unmarried, but the HUSBAND is not given that commandment. He is commanded of YAHUAH to let her be married to him, either way!
Accordingly, the HUSBAND is of course, still free to marry another wife. That fact is further proved by the later verses of 27-28d.
"Art thou bound unto a wife?
seek not to be loosed.
Art thou loosed from a wife?
seek not a wife.
But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned;
and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned."
1 Corinthians 7:27-28d.
The Greek text of verse 27 is clearly only addressing married men --whether or not the wife has departed.
As such, the married man whose wife is still with him does not sin when he marries another wife (who is not another's wife). And likewise, the married man, whose wife has departed from him, he also does not sin when he marries another wife (who is not another's wife).
And herein comes the "commandment of the Almighty ", of polygamy, as in the following situation.
A believer WIFE departs from her believer HUSBAND. She is commanded of YAHUAH to remain unmarried, per verses 10-11. Her HUSBAND, however, then subsequently marries another wife (who is not another man's wife). The HUSBAND and the new wife have not sinned, per verses 27-28. The departed WIFE then seeks to be reconciled back to her HUSBAND.
In that situation, verses 10-11 show the following instruction as the "commandment of the Almighty ". The HUSBAND is commanded of YAHUAH to let the departed wife be reconciled back to him. AND.... he is commanded of YAHUAH to not put away a wife, including the new wife.
As such, verses 10-11 show that it is an outright "commandment of the Almighty " of polygamy for the family in that situation.
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 is indeed a Commandment of YAHUAH --- in the New Testament --- that, when a previously-departed believer wife returns, her believer husband and his new (believer) wife (from verse 27c-28d) MUST let the previous wife be reconciled to her husband.
There truly IS a "commandment of the Almighty " for a situation of polygamy to be found in the Scripture ---and it's in the New Testament Scriptures, as well!