One wife should be ample
Scriptures tell us in 1 Timothy 3:2, that if a man wishes to
be a bishop, he should be the husband of one wife, and then again we read in
verse 12 that the deacons must be husbands of one wife also. Question: why is
this? Answer: because God knows that anything else brings confusion.
The Christchurch Press, 30 January 2001, headlines "Father
of 69 seeks wife, must be willing to share. - A 76 year-old date farmer in
Egypt who has fathered 69 children wants to get married again -– for the eighth
time -– so he can have more children.
Qaddour Hakim says he is not expecting too much, October
All he wants is a pretty woman about 20 years old who loves
children -– and is willing to live in a Saharan oasis with him and his other
wives, children, and scores of grandchildren.
Mr Hakim, whose family lives in the remote Siwa Oasis,
proudly says his first wife gave him 16 children, his second wife produced 18,
and his other five wives added another 35. Sons outnumber daughters 41 to 28 on
the Hakim home turf.
'My relationship with all my offspring is very close,' he
said of his brood, the oldest of which now support him in comfort.
'I know all their names by heart and I never show any
The hardy outdoorsman attributes his virility to a diet of
fresh dates from his orchard, oven-fresh barley bread, occasional beef and roast
lamb, and generous quantities of milk, along with a daily regimen of vigorous
walks around the oasis."
Some of you may have heard the old rhyme that goes like this:
King Solomon had a thousand wives and that's the reason why
he often missed his business train through kissing them all goodbye.
Now the Word of God makes it clear in Deuteronomy 17:15:
"Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom
the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set
king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not
thy brother." Verse 17: "Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that
his heart turn not away...". The Word of God makes it clear that Solomon's
wives destroyed the power and blessing that God had given him. God had set him
apart and all these foreign women brought in various ideas that were not
conducive to Godly living.
Finally, Solomon, the author of the book of Proverbs, tells
us in Proverbs 18:22: "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favour of the LORD."