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Theology Questions: Concubines, the delight of men.

Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Jul 05, 2005 - 12:47 AM

It is often the case that those attacking men's reproductive rights (the right to have more than o­ne wife) fail to read their Bibles thoroughly. A correct rendering of Ecclesiastes 2:8 is found in the Darby translation which you can find below. A similar version can be found in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the children of men, a wife and concubines. Ecclesiastes 2:8

For those who would say that this verse does not endorse having more than o­ne wife I ask, why did the translators of the King James Bible and other bibles based on the King James decide to incorrectly translate the word to something other than the actual word which means "concubine?" What were they covering up?

The Hebrew word in question, "shiddah", is translated in the Strongs Hebrew Lexicon as concubine, wife, or harem but instead of using o­ne of those words in the King James Bible the translators used the word musical instruments. The fact is that there is not o­ne negative reference in the Bible to a man's having more than o­ne wife. The o­nly negative references in the Bible to a man's relationship with his wife concern the o­ne to o­ne relationship between a husband and his wife not any type of ganging up o­n him by his wives although such a situation could easily be made into a comedy.

If it is a delight to have more than o­ne wife then let's admit it. Men have rights too and o­ne of those rights is to have many wives.

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