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Moses And Abraham Adulters

Were Old Testament men like Moses, Abraham, David, and many others who had more than one wife considered adulters?

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 ---john on 10/27/05
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For David and Soloman, they had many wives, bu mostly for cultural reasons. The harm was inherited from their fathers, or predecossor and as most of the women had only lived there all their lives, they would continue to look after them.
Marriage for kings and princess' were more often for dynastic purposes, rarely for love.
When we are told that they committed adultery, it was for having sex with someone who was not one of their reconised wives.
---mike6553 on 5/13/08


Eloy: "David had Uriah killed so he could take his wife..."

David had adultery before he had Uriah killed and she was pregnant when he married her. God still loved David and she didn't seem to have shed a tear for Uriah. When David sent him home on leave he refused to have sex with her. He loved to war more than sex. In due course, Barsheba became the mother of King Solomon and was very influential in the kingdom of Israel. I am not questioning anybody's morality. I only see God's grace.
---Nancy on 11/10/05


Nancy, David had Uriah killed so he could take his wife, that's adultery. "Now therefore the sword will never depart from your house; because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife." II Samuel 12:10.
---Eloy on 10/31/05


God never accused David of poligamy or adultery. David was found guilty of MURDER. He had "Uriah the Hittite" killed in battle to keep his wife Bathsheba. Then David married Bathsheba and lived happily everafter with God's blessings, too...
2 Samuel 12:24
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him;
May God's truth abide forever...!
---Nancy on 10/31/05


Eloy... Very good answer!

Don't know if anyone accused Moshe of being an adulterer. He was married to two different women, that we know of.

Correct also about David being an adulterer. This was the one sin that blotted his name through the rest of Scripture. He was always regarded as faithful "except in the case of Uriah the Hittite."
---David7647 on 10/28/05




We should study the original scriptures (ie: "copies" of the originals- for all of you literalists). i believe in some places where the English rendering reads "wives", it should better read "ladies", and sometimes when rendered "wife" it should be translated "mate" which is not necessarily married. And of course the concubines were maidfriends. Moses and Abraham were not adulterers, but David committed adultery with Bathsheba, so God punished him.
---Eloy on 10/28/05


M.A., PTL! I'm so glad for you! that verse has been a special blessing to me too...
---Nancy on 10/28/05


Thanks Nancy for that verse. I've never seen that before I must admit.
---M.A. on 10/27/05


If Abraham and Sarah had been patient and trusted God and Abraham had not slept with Hagar there would have been no Ishmael and the world would not be as we now know it today.
---M.A. on 10/27/05


I don't think the bible makes it clear what God's thoughts are here. The only view I have is that God made one woman for one man and told them to multiply. Multiple marriages seem to appear later on and there are several occasions where having more than one wife seems to have caused problems. Although we don't see examples of absolute punishment for this I still believe God's ideal is one man for one woman for life.
---M.A. on 10/27/05




God the Father of Jesus Christ gave King David all the wives he had, and if they weren't enough, God would have given him more yet. 2 Samuel 12:8 "I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more."
God is the one giving out wives. It seems that WE like to suppress the truth in the Bible because WE feel that it is not "edifying"...
---Nancy on 10/27/05


emma, I seriously doubt it. Could never happen in a patriarchal society.
---taylor on 10/27/05


In ancient law, it was legal for a man to marry more than one woman. If we define adultery as having sex outside of marraige or even outside the household, then no they were not adulters. It was legal to take a concubine, which was a household servant and could not be bought or sold after they were taken by the master. In the case of Jacob, they were considered his wives. When David's were violated, they were shut away and no one came to them.
---David7647 on 10/27/05


David was definitely considered an adulterer. God punished him by not allowing his baby son by Bathsheeba to live. Abraham commited adultery with Hagar, then God blest Jacob, Abraham's son by Sarah, instead of Ishmael.
---taylor on 10/27/05


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