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Marry A Brother's Widow

Is it ok for a brother to marry a brothers widow, if so where is it found in the scriptures?

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 ---Chrisrene on 10/17/05
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You would want to look up Kinsmen Redeemer. The best book in the bible that speaks on Kinsmen Redeemer is the book of Ruth.
---Susan on 8/5/08


I don't know. It just doesn't seem right. Be careful who you fall in love with.
---catherine on 10/17/07


As long as there is no blood relationship involved - there is nothing wrong with this as long as you aren't presently married. It was done in the times of the O.T. to provide the widow with some sort of protection in her old age and to carry on the family line. That would not be a vaid reason today. (You would marry her because you love her.)
---WIVV on 10/17/07


In the scriptures, it was part of a typical system revealing Christ and His work for us. The part about marrying a brother's widow if the brother had no heir, and a kinsman/redeemer are found especially portrayed in Genesis 38 and Ruth 2:20, and chapters 3 & 4. The command to marry the brother's widow is in Deut 25:5-10. This seems to imply that the brother is not married because the one in Ruth was not shamed because he could not do the part of a near kinsman without marring his own inheritance.
---Wayne87 on 4/22/07


#2 See also Genesis 38:8 where Judah tells Onan to marry Tamar, at least indicating that he was not already married. Likewise in verse 11, Shelah was not grown and not married, so she was asked to wait till he was.
---Wayne87 on 4/22/07




i prob would not do it
---graham on 4/12/07


It's OK under most circumstances - i.e. you don't have to divorce a wife to do it; there is no blood relationship, etc. To cite OT Scripture to document this having been done really has no bearing on your doing it. In the OT the brother was required to do it in order to provide with widow with off-spring to keep her in her old age and for protection.
---WIVV on 11/14/05


In the O.T. a brother married a brother's widow if the deceased brother left no posterity before he died. Please read Deuteronomy 25:5-10.
---Eloy on 10/19/05


If u love the person, marry her no problem. If you are not in love with her, DO NOT MARRY HER just for pity!!!!! That would be dangerous for both of you, especially in the future! Anyway, get time to pray for it, if u really trust the Lord, He will show you the way. Be blessed!
---kalig8456 on 10/19/05


How does she feel for you? I would like your brother would want you and her to be happy-he can not physically/emotionally be there for her. You are never taking over but a new piece in big puzzle.
---Charles_Tarkington on 10/17/05




Scripturally there is not a thing wrong with marrying a widow. I would think she is the very candidate for help. Be blessed and live happily.
---john on 10/17/05


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