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Marriage is by sex - intercourse. Weddings are by a ceremony. EVERY penis into a vagina (PVI) is a marriage, however, the first one into a virgin gets the blood oath signature witnessed in Heaven and it is a marriage for life. That is why a divorced woman when married again is an active adulteress until her first husband is dead. No wedding was required ...


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The OP's suggestion is not supported by either the meaning and use of the word nor it origin. Every lexicon I consulted (there are lots) only has a meaning similar to that in BDAG for χήρα: a woman whose husband has died, widow Further, this derived from the basic meaning of χῆρος, 'bereft'; akin to χέρσος, sterile, barren. Thus, it is used of a city ...


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To answer your question: widow cannot mean never-married. By definition, a widow is a woman who has been married and her husband is dead. Not sure that is your question though. Your presentation is difficult to follow. I am just answering your question in your heading. Every since antiquity, centuries before the present passage, χήρα has meant "widow&...


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1 Tim. 5:12 "their first faith" does not mean their first marriage but their vow to continence. In context: But the younger widows avoid. For when they have [vowed to remain unmarried and] grown wanton in Christ, they will marry: Having damnation, because they have made void their first faith. Marrying does not bring damnation (1 Cor. 7:36) but ...


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