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how can we infer/induce/deduce that ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) bible verse's use of "yoked"/ "bound" / "close association" does refer to marriage?

( Related Posting:   2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does "Unequally Yoked" mean? ) ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) King James Bible Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what ...
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Does Romans 7:2-3 implicitly condemn polyandry as adulterous?

To set up a point about a Christian's relationship to the law, Paul first gives the following illustration of marriage in Romans 7:2-3 (NKJV, emphasis mine): For the woman who has a husband is bound ...
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In what sense is divorce and remarriage "adultery" according to Jesus?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery (all NKJV, emphasis added): "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual ...
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Does Jesus' teaching on marriage implicitly condemn polygamy as adulterous?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery. In other words, He taught in the following passages that divorcing one's wife plus marrying another ...
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Does "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" refer to the act of getting married, or the state of being married?

All 3 Synoptic Gospels record similar a teaching from Jesus given in response to a question asked by the Sadducees (what happens to the woman who marries 7 brothers in this life). Matthew 22:30 For ...
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The logos in Titus 2:5

Titus 2:5 (ESV), 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. The Greek text of the phrase emboldened above is ὁ ...
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Ephesians 5:22-33 husband should have a Passionate Love for his wife But 1 Corinthians 7:29 says husband(& wives) should Not idolize(worship) marriage

Ephesians 5:22-33 Marriage Like Christ and the Church 22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, ...
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Can χήρα (widow) in 1 Tim. 5 mean "never-married"?

Ἄγαμος (unmarried) appears only in 1 Corinthians 7. The unmarried are grouped with widows: 1 Cor. 7:8But I say to the unmarried (αγάμοις, non nuptis) and to the widows (χήραις, viduis): It is good ...
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What's the significance of using terms for yoked pertaining to marriage?

Matt. 19:6; Mark 10:9 -- ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν "what God has yoked together" 2 Cor. 6:14 - ἑτεροζυγοῦντες "unequally yoked" lit. "yoke to another of a different kind" These ...
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Why did King Solomon have so many wives and concubines?

Top of the day to everyone. I have been having this concerns for a while so I thought I could ask to get some clarity on it. A wise as King Solomon was in the bible, why did he choose to have so many ...
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Is it good to get married at a time of tribulation?

New American Standard Bible Matthew 24: 19 But woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 7:17, 20 mean God calls people to singleness against their own desire to marry?

It would appear that in 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 Paul talks mainly about marriage, and rightly so. Sometimes it seems that Paul switches in between certain subjects that veer off the topic of Marriage ...
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(John 2:1) The mother of Jesus

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there It seems to me that "the mother of Jesus" is never explicitly named, but always listed as his ...
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What age should we understand Samson, his bride and his bride's younger sister as being?

In Judges 14, Samson gets his parents to arrange a marriage with a certain Philistine maid. She is then given in marriage to one of Samson's companions. Then the wife's father offers the younger ...
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Does Song of Solomon 8:1 suggest that kissing before marriage was "despised" in Bible times?

Song of Solomon 8:1 reads thus (NKJV): Oh, that you were like my brother, Who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I should find you outside, I would kiss you; I would not be despised. In other words, ...
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Did Pharisees have to be married (Phil. 3:4b-6)? [closed]

We know that Paul, a Pharisee, is single as he writes his First Letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 7:8: "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain ...
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In 1 Corinthians 7:39 does "only in the Lord" modify "be married" (how she marries) or "whom" (the one she marries)?

1 Corinthians 7:39 says, "A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord" (NKJV, emphasis ...
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Can the spouse of a believer be sanctified by simply being married to the believer?

In 1 Cor 7:14, it is implied that an unbelieving spouse, of a believer, may also be made holy in God's eyes but only if that spouse comes around to the believer's stance with God. It is also implied ...
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When God created Adam and Eve and the covenant of marriage between the two, did He already have the marriage between Christ and the Church in mind? [closed]

The union between man and woman, which we currently understand as the covenant of marriage, was part of God's original plan for His creation according to Genesis 2: 20 The man gave names to all ...
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In Numbers 30:15 - Does the Husband become "sinful" when revoking His wife's prohibitions?

In [Numbers 30], a punishment appears to be enforced upon an Israeli Husband who revokes his wife's vows to God. The Torah offers a merciful condition for a wife whose prohibitions [vows to God for ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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Is there anything positive to be learned from biblical examples of polygamy? [closed]

Is there anything positive to be learned from the examples of polygamy in the Bible? Generally they are treated merely as beacons warning us against that path, but it seems strange to have so many ...
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What are the alternatives to marriage in 1 Cor 7:9?

1 Cor 7:8-9 (NRSV) To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to ...
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The Church, and denominations. — I'm confused. — "Denominations" are not in any unison. I thought Christ wanted us to be all ONE [closed]

Christ is The Groom, the Church (that HE established in fulfillment of the old order) is the Bride. In the last 500 years there's been a substantial influx of "denominations." Why? Doesn't ...
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1 Corinthians 7:5 - Satan's Temptation and Lack of Self-Control

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV), 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not ...
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Did God intend to only "Join" man to his wife - physically or spiritually?

We first learn that "YHVH Elohim" (יְהֹוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֧ים) brought Ishah to Ha-Adam, and-"joined" (וְ-דָבַ֣ק) the man to his wife in Bereishit / Genesis 2:22-24. * Later during the ...
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Is singleness better than marriage? (Help understanding 1 Corinthians 7)

The Bible says we should only be concerned with the things of the Lord, that we should be totally devoted to worshiping him and pleasing him. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7 seems to be saying that marriage ...
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As a bride prepared for her husband - Revelation 21:2

Revelation 21:2 (ESV), And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Considering the geographical and historical context of ...
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Why does God not just permit but seemingly encourage David's polygamy in 2 Samuel 12:8?

I'm hoping you can help. I'm struggling with a verse that seemingly supports God's approval of concubinage and taking of many wives. The context here has to do with David's lust for more women. 2 ...
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Can a way Christ's mission to "fulfill" the law be understood as finishing the marriage between God and Israel through his death? [closed]

Can a way Christ's mission to "fulfill" the law (Mat 5:17-18) be understood as finishing ("It is finished" John 19:30 b) the marriage between God and Israel through his death? Thus ...
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Would Matthew contradict Mark and Luke about remarriage after divorce?

The Lord Jesus describes a very straightforward and plainly understood rule in the Gospels of Mark and Luke, concerning remarriage after divorce: it is adultery(1). But in the gospel of Matthew, it is ...
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Did Paul have it backwards? Ephesians 5:33

It appears to me that Paul has it backwards. I’ve struggled to understand this verse. Men understand respect, it comes naturally to a man yet he asks the husbands to love the wives; and wives tend ...
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Does Deuteronomy 25:5-10 supersede Leviticus 18:16, or vice versa?

Leviticus 18:16, (DRB): Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: because it is the nakedness of thy brother. Deuteronomy 25:5-10, (DRB): Widowhood and Marriage 5When ...
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Does Genesis 2:24 speak exclusively to male-female copulation?

This answer to another question makes a strong case that Genesis 2:24 refers to conception as the thing that makes two into "one flesh". If so, then it seems same-sex activities would not result in "...
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Rebekah's rash/brash/hasty willingness to bear curses become reality for her in Genesis 27:46

Genesis 26:34-35 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 34 When Esau was forty years old he [ae]married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 ...
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(1 Kings 21:7) is Jezebel a wife that belittles/mistreats her husband or is she a wife who encourages King Ahab, her husband?

Could someone please provide their insight on how Jezebel treats Ahab? A specific verse that is interesting to me is 1 Kings 21:7. To elaborate, in 1 Kings 21:7, Jezebel's reaction to Ahab's ...
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In the culture of Corinth in Paul's time, what does being "engaged" mean?

1 Corinthians 7:36-38, NIV: "36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, ...
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Is the father of the raped woman in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 able to refuse marriage?

28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father ...
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What is significant about “only in the Lord” with regards to widows remarrying? 1 Corinthians 7:39

The verse is clearly about widows but I am most concerned with the hermeneutics of the phrase “only in the Lord”; considering Apostle Paul did not say for instance, only with another believer or ...
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Did King Saul cunningly calculate that Michal's arrogance & spiteful nature would be a snare to David? (1 Samuel 18:20-21) & (2 Samuel 6:16-20)

I present the following passage as evidence of Michal's arrogant and spiteful nature: 2 Samuel 6:16-20, New American Standard Bible (NASB) 16Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city ...
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Does God 'forbid' marrying a divorcee?

The apostle Paul write in 1 Corinthians 7, verse 10-11 that And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her ...
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1 Cor. 7:5 "προς καιρόν" = "perhaps"?

Why do some translations have a "perhaps" in 1 Cor. 7:5: Defraud not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer; and return together again, ...
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Intimacy before marriage [closed]

Many pastors in today Christian world have strict rules for intimacy before marriage. Although I'm not against it, I prefer strong biblical references for any Christian principle that Christians ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

My question was inspired by this, which was closed for being "off-topic" yet nevertheless contained some interesting food for thought. Consider the following passage from Exodus. (Exodus 22:16-17, ...
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In Luke 5:33-35 does Jesus imply that the Twelve are not part of the bride of the Lamb?

Update I have been researching this and it appears that the whole matter hangs on the definition of "the sons of the bridechamber" which is not obvious to me: KJV Luke 5:34 And he said unto them, ...
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Can εἰ μή (ei me) be translated 'such as' instead of 'except' in Matthew 19:9?

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery. We know, that adultery is not the only cause to divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4 and ...
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In Matthew 19:10 why did Jesus' disciples ask Jesus if it is better not to marry?

There is a question, to Jesus, whether a man can divorce his wife for any reason. Shammai and Hillel are the pharisees school of thought at that time. Hillel the liberal jew says that you can ...
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In 1 Corinthians 7:11-15 does Paul consider "separation" an alternative to divorce?

Does Paul write in 1 Corinthians 7:11-15 about divorce OR separation? The original (Greek) text seems to be here quite clear, but church' interpretation still doesn't see difference: KJV 1Co 7:11  ...
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In Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 what does Paul mean by ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς?

Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 are normally taken to refer to Christ dying for the Assembly ("Church"): Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Ephesians 5:2 καὶ περιπατεῖτε ἐν ἀγάπῃ, καθὼς καὶ ὁ χριστὸς ...
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In John 4:18 is Jesus accusing the woman at the well of fornication or of adultery?

John 4:18 reports Jesus saying οὐκ ἔστιν σου ἀνήρ. Does the οὐκ govern σου or ἀνήρ? If the former, does it mean he’s a man but he’s not yours; and if the latter, does it imply he’s not a man, since ...
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