Webster's New World College Dictionary:
"monogamy ... the practice or state of being married to only one person at a time."
"polygamy ... the state or practice of having two or more spouses at the same time."
U.S. Census Bureau website:
"In 2000, 50.9 percent of the U.S. population was female, and 49.1 percent was male. That's 143 million females and 138 million males, or about 96 men for every 100 women."
Census of India website:
"At 00.00 hours of 1st March, 2001 the population of India stood at 1027,015,247 comprising of 531,277,078 males and 495,738,169 females."
Library of Congress website:
"About 50.5 percent of the [South African] population is female and 49.5 percent is male, according to the South African Central Statistical Service."
Leviticus 18:17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister [NKJV: as a rival to her sister], to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.
Leviticus 20:14 And if a man take a wife and her mother [NKJV: marries a woman and her mother], it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
Deuteronomy 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;
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.
16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
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