Biblical Marriage

Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.
-Genesis 28:8-9

“If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her.”
-Deuteronomy 25:5

After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.
-2 Samuel 5:13

“‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.'”
-Leviticus 18:18

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
-Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” … When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.” And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave hm his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
– Genesis 29:16-18,25-28

Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
-1 Corinthians 7:1

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6 Comments

  1. on November 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    :snerk:

  2. on November 6, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Nice job. Stephen has once again demonstrated that understanding the Bible requires people to *read* the Bible … not just listen to other people tell them what’s in it.

  3. Chandra
    on November 6, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    The exceptions proves the rule! Look what kind of trouble these marriage practices caused.

  4. Chandra
    on November 6, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    And… bad grammar is bad.

  5. rachel
    on November 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    nuh uh. . . you forgot about the part where it talks about having a preacher and a cake and the white dress. i think its in the apocrypha.

  6. MadScientist
    on November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    There is also excellent advice for couples who want a child but the woman has fertility problems: go screw the slaves. Of course that means that we’d have to reinstitute slavery, but god told me to do it.