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And Lamech took unto him two wives. Genesis 4:19

Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai ... gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived. Genesis 16:1-4

But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had.... Genesis 25:6

Esau ... took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. Genesis 26:34

Esau .. took ... Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael ... to be his wife. Genesis 28:9

Then Jacob rose up, and set ... his wives upon camels. Genesis 31:17

He [Jacob] ... took his two wives, and his two womenservants. Genesis 32:22

If he take him another wife.... Exodus 21:10

If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated.... Deuteronomy 21:15

And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. Judges 8:30

Elkanah ... had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. 1 Samuel 1:1-2

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel ... I gave thee ... thy master's wives.... 2 Samuel 12:7-8

Solomon ... had seven hundred wives ... and three hundred concubines. 1 Kings 11:2-3

And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 1 Chronicles 4:5

Rehoboam ... took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines. 2 Chrornicles 11:21

But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives.... 2 Chronicles 13:21

Jehoiada took for him two wives.... 2 Chronicles 24:3

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife....
[unlike non-bishops, who may have several] 1 Timothy 3:2

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless.
[It's OK for non-blameless, non-bishops to have several wives.] Titus 1:6-7


Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24

Neither shall he multiply wives to himself. Deuteronomy 17:17

Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. Matthew 19:4-5

Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Matthew 19:9

Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. Mark 10:11

Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:2

Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:33

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