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Polygamy – Addendum D, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery

Adulterers are fond of using men in the Old Testament in defense of multiple marriages.  God never approved of men having more than one living wife throughout the entire Bible, and it is written in His word in both the Old Testament and New Testament.

You will see that in the Old Testament God punished men who practiced the sin of polygamy, as well as those having more than one living wife.  The following contains examples with Scripture reference to support what actually occurred in the lives of men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon when it came to multiple marriages or concubines.

First, Abraham was not a polygamist initially.  Abraham only had one living wife at a time that he was married to, and when Sarah died (Gen 23:2), Abraham took his only other wife, Keturah (Gen 25:1).

His illegitimate child by Hagar was actually Sarah’s idea in order to cover her shame of being barren.  However, it was still adultery; and when Sarah said:

“…Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. Gen 21:10.  

God approved:

And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. Gen 21:12.

Through this act, Abraham’s sin of adultery was judged, dealt with, and forgiven by God, and God only accepted Isaac as Abraham’s true heir.  His judgment is also evident in the deception of Islam that has blinded the Arab decedents of Ishmael.  The sin of adultery has its consequences.

In Genesis 25:6, it mentions sons that Abraham had by concubines but not the concubines; it can be assumed that they were dead given that Abraham supplied the sons only with gifts and sent them away.  This shows that Abraham atoned for this as well.

Isaac only had one wife, Rebekah.  And there is no mention of concubines or affairs.  He typifies the example of Christ in this matter being without sin.

Jacob was deceived into accepting Leah as his first wife (Gen 29:25).  Lawfully, he could have put her away the next day, but once he consented to have her, God recognized Leah as Jacob’s lawful wife.  

Marriage is a matter of law, not spirit, for God and man.  God recognizes the unitive-joining of the flesh as a lawful covenant, and this is solemnized by getting your marriage license (law) from man.

God recognized Jacob’s lawful wife in selecting the line of Judah (Leah’s son) from which the lawgiver (Jesus) would spring from (Gen 49:10).  Jacob was not wholly converted when he was living in polygamy.  His entire conversion did not occur until Genesis 32:28, after he wrestled with the Lord.  

After this, Jacob put away the strange gods from his household (Gen 35:4), and Rachel died (Gen 35:19), leaving Leah as his only lawful wife.  He did not practice polygamy anymore after he truly became Israel.

When Moses penned the law of God, God specifically forbid polygamy for kings:

When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;...Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”  Deu 17:14, 17.

I would venture to say that what is unlawful for the king is unlawful for the commoner as well.

David REPENTED of Polygamy.  David had a number of wives.  However, after his adultery with her that was the wife of Uriah, then murdering him; David repented, and never practiced polygamy again.

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.  Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.  For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 2Sa 12:9-12.

When David’s sin occurred, his “house” was made up of numerous concubines and his children.  David was in violation of God’s command against kings multiplying wives as well as the adultery against, and murder of, Uriah.

God followed through on His judgement from within David’s house.  God took the life of the child conceived by David and the adulteress, and then took all of David’s concubines.  Not in secret like David, but publicly, “before the sun:” 

And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.  So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.”  2Sa 16:21-22.

When David returned after the rebellion of Absalom, he put away his concubines:

And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.”  2Sa 20:3.

Michal, David’s lawful first wife was dead:

Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.”  2Sa 6:23.

This left only Bathsheba as David’s only lawful living wife until his death.  God not only judged David’s adultery with Bathsheba, but judge his adultery with his 10 concubines as well.  

David is a good example of someone who truly repented of adultery, and never practiced adultery or polygamy ever again.  God’s judgement cleared the way for Solomon to be born within a lawful marriage covenant in order for God to keep the line of David upright in order to bring forth His Son Jesus.

It is not until later in life that many men of the Bible truly walked fully with God.  God sees the end of the matter, and He is great in longsuffering when it comes to our sins, which is why God gives you this time of probation now.  It is those who are told to repent and refuse (like those who are Divorced and Remarried Adulterers), that God’s longsuffering is running out on, like Solomon.

Solomon began with God, but ended in the flesh under sins with many women:

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father…And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,…Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant…And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.”  1Ki 11:1-4, 9, 11, 42-43.

Solomon is a good example of someone who chose not to repent of adultery or polygamy.  If you refuse to hear God’s commands, or turn from the commandments, you will anger the Lord, and you will perish.  After all that God gave Solomon, he threw it away for the lusts of the flesh.  Eternity is much longer than that little time you have to be an adulterer, polygamist, Divorced and Remarried Adulterer, or just carnally sinful.

God never legalized polygamy, and He never legalized Divorce and Remarriage either:

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”  Mat 19:8-9.

Moses’ bill of divorcement was not of God, just as polygamy was not of God.  God’s law is higher than the man’s law that allows you to Divorce and Remarry.  Man’s statutory laws, lawyers, and judges are seen by God as nothing:

That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.”  Isa 40:23-24.

He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.”  Job 12:17.

When God says let not man put asunder, He means it.  That they do it anyway, only reveals how big a fool they are.  A monogamous first lawful marriage is the only marriage God recognizes.  Jesus says as much in plain words:

And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”  Mar 10:11-12.  

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.”  Luk 16:18.

You know who argues with verses that plainly tell them that Divorce and Remarriage is Adultery?  A wicked selfish sinner, and no matter that you can show them 12 more verses in the New Testament that condemns Divorce and Remarriage Adultery, they are still going to do it because they do not belong to God anyway.

It is proven throughout the Bible, even by those who thought to practice otherwise, that polygamy and Divorce and Remarriage Adultery is a sin.  The Divorced and Remarried Adulterers will reap what they sowed, but what they cannot do is say that God did not tell them otherwise.  It is the writing on the wall, not your hypocrite preacher’s wresting, or your wicked judge’s parting, that will judge you.  

Whatever you love more than God is your god.  I would rather stand before God in adherence to His command, even if there was (which there is not) a slight possibility that such a practice was allowed and gain eternity, than to stand there in violation and lose eternity.  That second, third, whatever marriage is not worth you losing your soul over, even if you gain the whole world…presently.

Someone said that Christ will only marry one true church, and it will not be the secular churches out there that allow the world’s wicked custom of Divorce and Remarriage Adultery.  Christ is looking for a virtuous bride too, and this is not you if you are found in violation of His commands.  Knock, knock.

See Also:


Adultery – Addendum A, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2018/12/adultery.html

Testimony – Addendum B, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2018/12/a-testimony.html

Adulteress – Addendum C to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2018/12/adulteress_16.html

Polygamy – Addendum D, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2019/01/suicide-king.html

Rule – Addendum E, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2019/06/rule.html

Excuses – Addendum F, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery: https://www.bibocious.com/2019/06/excuses.html

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