Polygamy was tolerated in Israel, but never authorized by God. In fact, in the beginning, marriage was always one women and one man for one lifetime. The first polygamist was a man named Lamech. He was from the line of Cain, and has no regard for the will of God. In Deut. 17:17, the rulers of Israel were forbidden to take multiple wives. God knew that many wives would divide the hearts of the kings and pull them away from God. In fact, anywhere you find polygamy in the Bible, you find problems. ( Abraham, David, Jacob, Solomon, Etc.) That’s true today! Did You Know? Vic.
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