So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth."
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.
"He is to marry a woman who is a virgin.
He is not to marry a widow, a divorced woman, or one defiled by prostitution. He is to marry a virgin from his own people,
so that he does not corrupt his bloodline among his people, for I am the LORD who sets him apart."
So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah, wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the Second District. They spoke with her.
Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.
Should your springs flow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?
They should be for you alone and not for you [to share] with strangers.
Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.
A loving doe, a graceful fawn-- let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.
Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger?
For a man's ways are before the LORD's eyes, and He considers all his paths.
A wicked man's iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.
He will die because there is no instruction, and be lost because of his great stupidity.
I was then intimate with the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. The LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz,
But because of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.
A husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband.
A wife does not have authority over her own body, but her husband does. Equally, a husband does not have authority over his own body, but his wife does.
Do not deprive one another-- except when you agree, for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
I say this as a concession, not as a command.
I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one this and another that.
I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am.
But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.
I command the married-- not I, but the Lord-- a wife is not to leave her husband.
But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband-- and a husband is not to leave his wife.
But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is willing to live with him, he must not leave her.
Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to live with her, she must not leave her husband.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the Christian husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave. A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called you to peace.
For you, wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Or you, husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife?
Don't we have the right to be accompanied by a Christian wife, like the other apostles, the Lord's brothers, and Cephas?
An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,
one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.
Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.
Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us.
someone who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of wildness or rebellion.
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And see that there isn't any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for one meal.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals,
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity,
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance-- as I told you before-- that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.
Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these, God's wrath comes on the disobedient,
Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
But God says to the wicked: "What right do you have to recite My statutes and to take My covenant on your lips?
You hate instruction and turn your back on My words.
When you see a thief, you make friends with him, and you associate with adulterers.
You unleash your mouth for evil and harness your tongue for deceit.
You sit, maligning your brother, slandering your mother's son.
You have done these things, and I kept silent; you thought I was just like you. But I will rebuke you and lay out the case before you.
"Understand this, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no rescuer.
"I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny [justice to] the foreigner. They do not fear Me," says the LORD of Hosts.
But God judges outsiders. Put away the evil person from among yourselves.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.