"Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister [one wife to another, margin] , to vex her, ...beside the other in her lifetime." Lev. 18:18. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that He hateth putting away." Mal. 2:15, 16.
Christ said: "From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." Mark 10:6-9. "It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery." Matt. 5:31, 32.
Paul said: "Let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." Eph. 5:33. " A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife." "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." 1 Tim. 3:2, 12.
NOTE. - Not that others in the church might take more than one wife, but that if such as had a plurality of wives were to receive the gospel and become members of the church, they should not be selected to fill these offices, for which "blameless" men were required. Not an instance is on record where God ever chose a man with more than one wife, to do any special, important work; and, as already proved, only a few cases are recorded of men who became polygamists after having been chosen of God.
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