This is a list of passages in the Bible containing the word, “wives.” When you read these, ask yourself how many of them sound perfectly wise, like some God would write, and how many sound more like a bunch of primitive tribesmen projecting their customs, values, and goals into an apparently barbaric ancient mythology. The Jewish culture didn’t just slightly influence the teachings in The Bible. It’s the manifesto of Jewish culture, and taken on a whole, it paints a clear picture of a tribal theocracy using violence to subdue its citizens and neighbors.
I challenge you to look up the context of these quotes on Bible Gateway.com or listen to the full chapters on YouTube. In most cases, you’ll either find a longer trainwreck of barbarism or at least more inapplicable, culturally-relative values, customs, and beliefs.
The number of absurd verses in the Bible point to the fact that, on a whole, by anybody’s standards, it’s not divine. Put yourself to the test. The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible made a list of every commandment in the Bible, titled “Every Jot And Tittle.” If you go through them and check which ones you agree with and practice, you’re going to pass over more than you tick. Nobody follows the majority of the Bible’s teachings because most of it is either immoral or archaic.
You may find some passages in the list below that sound positive and teach useful information, but you’ll find more that contradict the good ones. The Bible gets more wrong than it gets right, and you shouldn’t revere a broken clock for stating the obvious twice a day.
Genesis 4:23 Lamech said to his WIVES, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; WIVES of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.
Genesis 6:18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ WIVES with you.
Genesis 7:7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ WIVES entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
Genesis 7:13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the WIVES of his three sons, entered the ark.
Genesis 8:16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their WIVES.
Genesis 8:18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ WIVES.
Genesis 28:9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the WIVES he already had.
Genesis 30:26 Give me my WIVES and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”
Genesis 31:17 Then Jacob put his children and his WIVES on camels,
Genesis 31:50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any WIVES besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.”
Genesis 32:22 [ Jacob Wrestles With God ] That night Jacob got up and took his two WIVES, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
Genesis 36:2 Esau took his WIVES from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite—
Genesis 36:6 Esau took his WIVES and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob.
Genesis 37:2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s WIVES, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
Genesis 45:19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your WIVES, and get your father and come.
Genesis 46:5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their WIVES in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.
Genesis 46:26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ WIVES—numbered sixty-six persons.
Exodus 22:24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your WIVES will become widows and your children fatherless.
Exodus 32:2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your WIVES, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”
Exodus 34:16 And when you choose some of their daughters as WIVES for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.
Numbers 14:3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our WIVES and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
Numbers 16:27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their WIVES, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.
Numbers 32:26 Our children and WIVES, our flocks and herds will remain here in the cities of Gilead.
Deuteronomy 3:19 However, your WIVES, your children and your livestock (I know you have much livestock) may stay in the towns I have given you,
Deuteronomy 17:17 He must not take many WIVES, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
Deuteronomy 21:15 [ The Right of the Firstborn ] If a man has two WIVES, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love,
Deuteronomy 29:11 together with your children and your WIVES, and the foreigners living in your camps who chop your wood and carry your water.
Joshua 1:14 Your WIVES, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them
Judges 8:30 He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many WIVES.
Judges 12:9 He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in thirty young women as WIVES from outside his clan. Ibzan led Israel seven years.
Judges 21:1 [ WIVES for the Benjamites ] The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: “Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite.”
Judges 21:7 “How can we provide WIVES for those who are left, since we have taken an oath by the Lord not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?”
Judges 21:16 And the elders of the assembly said, “With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide WIVES for the men who are left?
Judges 21:18 We can’t give them our daughters as WIVES, since we Israelites have taken this oath: ‘Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to a Benjamite.’
Judges 21:22 When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Do us the favor of helping them, because we did not get WIVES for them during the war. You will not be guilty of breaking your oath because you did not give your daughters to them.’”
1 Samuel 1:2 He had two WIVES; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
1 Samuel 25:43 David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his WIVES.
1 Samuel 27:3 David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two WIVES: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.
1 Samuel 30:3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their WIVES and sons and daughters taken captive.
1 Samuel 30:5 David’s two WIVES had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
1 Samuel 30:18 David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two WIVES.
2 Samuel 2:2 So David went up there with his two WIVES, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
2 Samuel 5:13 After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and WIVES in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.
2 Samuel 12:8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s WIVES into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
2 Samuel 12:11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your WIVES and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your WIVES in broad daylight.
2 Samuel 19:5 Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your WIVES and concubines.
1 Kings 11:1 [ Solomon’s WIVES ] King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.
1 Kings 11:3 He had seven hundred WIVES of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his WIVES led him astray.
1 Kings 11:4 As Solomon grew old, his WIVES turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
1 Kings 11:8 He did the same for all his foreign WIVES, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
1 Kings 20:3 ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your WIVES and children are mine.’”
1 Kings 20:5 The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘I sent to demand your silver and gold, your WIVES and your children.
1 Kings 20:7 The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land and said to them, “See how this man is looking for trouble! When he sent for my WIVES and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.”
2 Kings 24:15 Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his WIVES, his officials and the prominent people of the land.
1 Chronicles 4:5 Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two WIVES, Helah and Naarah.
1 Chronicles 4:17 The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. One of Mered’s WIVES gave birth to Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.
1 Chronicles 7:4 According to their family genealogy, they had 36,000 men ready for battle, for they had many WIVES and children.
1 Chronicles 8:8 Sons were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his WIVES Hushim and Baara.
1 Chronicles 14:3 In Jerusalem David took more WIVES and became the father of more sons and daughters.
2 Chronicles 11:21 Rehoboam loved Maakah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other WIVES and concubines. In all, he had eighteen WIVES and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
2 Chronicles 11:23 He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many WIVES for them.
2 Chronicles 13:21 But Abijah grew in strength. He married fourteen WIVES and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
2 Chronicles 20:13 All the men of Judah, with their WIVES and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.
2 Chronicles 21:14 So now the Lord is about to strike your people, your sons, your WIVES and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow.
2 Chronicles 21:17 They attacked Judah, invaded it and carried off all the goods found in the king’s palace, together with his sons and WIVES. Not a son was left to him except Ahaziah, the youngest.
2 Chronicles 24:3 Jehoiada chose two WIVES for him, and he had sons and daughters.
2 Chronicles 28:8 The men of Israel took captive from their fellow Israelites who were from Judah two hundred thousand WIVES, sons and daughters. They also took a great deal of plunder, which they carried back to Samaria.
2 Chronicles 29:9 This is why our fathers have fallen by the sword and why our sons and daughters and our WIVES are in captivity.
2 Chronicles 31:18 They included all the little ones, the WIVES, and the sons and daughters of the whole community listed in these genealogical records. For they were faithful in consecrating themselves.
Ezra 9:2 They have taken some of their daughters as WIVES for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”
Ezra 10:11 Now honor the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign WIVES.”
Ezra 10:19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their WIVES, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.)
Ezra 10:44 All these had married foreign women, and some of them had children by these WIVES.
Nehemiah 4:14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your WIVES and your homes.”
Nehemiah 5:1 [ Nehemiah Helps the Poor ] Now the men and their WIVES raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews.
Nehemiah 10:28 “The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, musicians, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their WIVES and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand—
Isaiah 13:16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their WIVES violated.
Jeremiah 6:12 Their houses will be turned over to others, together with their fields and their WIVES, when I stretch out my hand against those who live in the land,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore I will give their WIVES to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
Jeremiah 14:16 And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them, their WIVES, their sons and their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.
Jeremiah 18:21 So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their WIVES be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.
Jeremiah 29:6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find WIVES for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
Jeremiah 29:23 For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ WIVES, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 35:8 We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our WIVES nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine
Jeremiah 38:23 “All your WIVES and children will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself will not escape from their hands but will be captured by the king of Babylon; and this city will be burned down.”
Jeremiah 44:9 Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your ancestors and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your WIVES in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?
Jeremiah 44:15 Then all the men who knew that their WIVES were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present—a large assembly—and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah,
Jeremiah 44:25 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your WIVES have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’ “Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!
Daniel 5:2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his WIVES and his concubines might drink from them.
Daniel 5:3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his WIVES and his concubines drank from them.
Daniel 5:23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your WIVES and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.
Daniel 6:24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their WIVES and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Zechariah 12:12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their WIVES by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their WIVES, the clan of the house of Nathan and their WIVES,
Zechariah 12:13 the clan of the house of Levi and their WIVES, the clan of Shimei and their WIVES,
Zechariah 12:14 and all the rest of the clans and their WIVES.
Matthew 19:8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your WIVES because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
Acts 21:5 When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including WIVES and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.
1 Corinthians 7:29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have WIVES should live as if they do not;
Ephesians 5:22WIVES, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also WIVES should submit to their husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your WIVES, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Ephesians 5:28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their WIVES as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Colossians 3:18 [ Instructions for Christian Households ] WIVES, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your WIVES and do not be harsh with them.
1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old WIVES’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
1 Peter 3:1WIVES, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their WIVES,
1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your WIVES, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
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