Chapter 25. Of Marriage

Chapter 25. Of Marriage

1. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman; neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time. 1

1Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:15; Matthew 19:5-6

2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, 2 for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, 3 and the preventing of uncleanness. 4

2Genesis 2:183Genesis 1:2841 Corinthians 7:2, 9

3. It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent; 5 yet it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord; 6 and therefore such as profess the true religion, should not marry with infidels, or idolaters; neither should such as are godly, be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresy. 7

5Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 4:361 Corinthians 7:397Nehemiah 13:25-27

4. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity, forbidden in the Word; 8 nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful, by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife. 9

8Leviticus 189Mark 6:18; 1 Corinthians 5:1
Chapter 25. Of Marriage