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International Standard Bible EncyclopediaBROTHER'S WIFE
(yebhemeth = "a sister-in-law," "brother's wife" (Deuteronomy 25:7, 9); 'ishshah = "a woman," "wife"; `esheth 'ach = "brother's wife" (Genesis 38:8, 9 Leviticus 18:16; Leviticus 20:21); he gune tou adelphou = "the brother's wife" (Mark 6:18)): A brother's wife occupies a unique position in Hebrew custom and law, by virtue of the institution of the Levirate. The widow had no hereditary rights in her husband's property, but was considered a part of the estate, and the surviving brother of the deceased was considered the natural heir. The right to inherit the widow soon became a duty to marry her if the deceased had left no sons, and in case there was no brother-in-law, the duty of marriage devolved on the father-in-law or the agnate who inherited, whoever this might be. The first son of the Levirate marriage was regarded as the son of the deceased. This institution is found chiefly among people who hold to ancestral worship (Indians, Persians, Afghans, etc.), from which circumstances Benzinger (New Sch-Herz, IV, 276) derives the explanation of this institution in Israel. The Levirate marriage undoubtedly existed as a custom before the Israelite settlement in Canaan, but after this received special significance because of the succession to the property of the first son of the marriage, since he was reckoned to the deceased, inherited from his putative, not from his real father, thus preventing the disintegration of property and its acquirement by strangers, at the same time perpetuating the family to which it belonged. While the law limited the matrimonial duty to the brother and permitted him to decline to marry the widow, such a course was attended by public disgrace (Deuteronomy 25:5). By the law of Numbers 27:8, daughters were given the right to inherit, in order that the family estate might be preserved, and the Levirate became limited to cases where the deceased had left no children at all.
"Strange" as contrasted with "an Israelite." Such wives are spoken of in the King James Version Ezra 10:2, 11 (the English Revised Version "strange women," the American Standard Revised Version "foreign women"; see STRANGER AND SOJOURNER; in the parallel 1 Esdras 8:68-9:37, the King James Version uses "strange wives" and "strange women" indifferently, and the Revised Version (British and American) here follows the King James Version) as "wives of the people of the land," in taking whom the men of Israel are said to have "trespassed against their God." Accordingly such wives were "put away."
Greek4564. Sarra -- Sarah, the wife of Abraham
... Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: Sarra
Phonetic Spelling: (sar'-hrah) Short Definition: Sarah Definition: Sarah, wife ...
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4478. Rhachel -- Rachel, the wife of Jacob
5362. philandros -- loving men, (of a wife) loving her husband
4479. Rhebekka -- Rebecca, the wife of Isaac
4251. Priska -- Prisca, a Christian and the wife of Aquila
1135. gune -- a woman
1918. epigambreuo -- to marry
4801. suzeugnumi -- to yoke together
3994. penthera -- a mother-in-law
3565. numphe -- a bride, a young woman
Strong's Hebrew802. ishshah -- woman, wife, female
... 801, 802. ishshah. 803 . woman, wife, female. Transliteration: ishshah
Phonetic Spelling: (ish-shaw') Short Definition: wife. Word ...
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472. Elisheba -- "God is an oath," the wife of Aaron
6989. Qeturah -- a wife of Abraham
3812. Leah -- "weary," a wife of Jacob
1315. Basemath -- "perfume," a wife of Esau (or perhaps two wives ...
37. Abital -- "my father is (the) dew," a wife of David
4119. mohar -- purchase price (of a wife)
621. Asenath -- perhaps "belonging to Neith," the wife of Joseph
7354. Rachel -- a wife of Jacob
8297. Saray -- a wife of Abram
To His Wife
Whether it was Lawful for a Divorced Wife to have Another Husband?
Whether Husband and Wife are Equal in the Marriage Act?
Whether Wife-Murder is an Impediment to Marriage?
The Harmony of Husband and Wife.
To Monna Agnese who was the Wife of Messer Orso Malavolti
Whether it was Lawful to Divorce a Wife under the Mosaic Law?
How the Wife of a Prefect Slew Herself for Chastity's Sake.
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Whether Inseparableness of the Wife is of Natural Law?
Smith's Bible DictionaryWife
Easton's Bible DictionaryThe ordinance of marriage was sanctioned in Paradise (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). Monogamy was the original law under which man lived, but polygamy early commenced (Genesis 4:19), and continued to prevail all down through Jewish history. The law of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. A wife's legal rights (Exodus 21:10) and her duties (Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Timothy 5:14) are specified. She could be divorced in special cases (Deuteronomy 22:13-21), but could not divorce her husband. Divorce was restricted by our Lord to the single case of adultery (Matthew 19:3-9). The duties of husbands and wives in their relations to each other are distinctly set forth in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18, 19; 1 Peter 3:1-7).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (n.) A woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like.
ThesaurusWife (437 Occurrences)
... The law of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality
of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. ... BROTHER'S WIFE. ...
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Wife's (21 Occurrences)
Servant-wife (12 Occurrences)
Covenant-wife (1 Occurrence)
Mid-wife (1 Occurrence)
Bashemath (6 Occurrences)
Basemath (7 Occurrences)
Ab'igail (16 Occurrences)
Abim'elech (58 Occurrences)
Abihail (6 Occurrences)
Bible ConcordanceWife (437 Occurrences)
Matthew 1:6 Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
Matthew 1:20 But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:24 Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took his wife to himself;
Matthew 5:27 You have knowledge that it was said, You may not have connection with another man's wife:
Matthew 5:31 "It was also said,'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'
Matthew 5:32 but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.
Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
Matthew 18:25 But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Matthew 19:3 Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
Matthew 19:5 and said,'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?'
Matthew 19:7 They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
Matthew 19:9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery."
Matthew 19:10 His disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."
Matthew 19:29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.
Matthew 22:24 saying, "Teacher, Moses said,'If a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed for his brother.'
Matthew 22:25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no seed left his wife to his brother.
Matthew 22:28 In the resurrection therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had her."
Matthew 27:19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
Mark 1:30 Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. of seed shall yield an ephah.
Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her.
Mark 6:18 For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Mark 7:22 The taking of goods and of life, broken faith between husband and wife, the desire of wealth, wrongdoing, deceit, sins of the flesh, an evil eye, angry words, pride, foolish acts:
Mark 10:2 Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
Mark 10:4 "Moses," they said, "permitted a man to draw up a written notice of divorce, and to send his wife away."
Mark 10:7 For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife,
Mark 10:11 He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
Mark 10:29 Jesus said, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News,
Mark 12:19 "Teacher, Moses wrote to us,'If a man's brother dies, and leaves a wife behind him, and leaves no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up offspring for his brother.'
Mark 12:20 There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying left no offspring.
Mark 12:23 In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be of them? For the seven had her as a wife."
Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zacharias, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
Luke 1:18 Zacharias said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."
Luke 1:24 After these days Elizabeth, his wife, conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying,
Luke 2:5 to enroll himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant.
Luke 3:19 but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,
Luke 4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.
Luke 8:3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod's steward; Susanna; and many others; who served them from their possessions.
Luke 14:20 "Another said,'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'
Luke 14:26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.
Luke 16:18 Everyone who divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife!
Luke 18:20 You have knowledge of what the law says: Do not be untrue to your wife, Do not put anyone to death, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Give honour to your father and mother.
Luke 18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,
Luke 20:28 They asked him, "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.
Luke 20:29 There were therefore seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless.
Luke 20:30 The second took her as wife, and he died childless.
Luke 20:33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them will she be? For the seven had her as a wife."
John 19:25 But there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession,
Acts 5:2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Acts 5:7 About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
Acts 18:2 He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them,
Acts 24:24 But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus.
Romans 2:22 You who say that a man may not be untrue to his wife, are you true to yours? you who are a hater of images, do you do wrong to the house of God?
Romans 7:2 A wife, for instance, whose husband is living is bound to him by the Law; but if her husband dies the law that bound her to him has now no hold over her.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father's wife.
1 Corinthians 7:2 But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:4 The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his own body, but the wife.
1 Corinthians 7:10 But to the married I command-not I, but the Lord-that the wife not leave her husband
1 Corinthians 7:11 (but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest I-not the Lord-say, if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is content to live with him, let him not leave her.
1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
1 Corinthians 7:16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
1 Corinthians 7:27 Are you bound to a wife? Don't seek to be freed. Are you free from a wife? Don't seek a wife.
1 Corinthians 7:33 but he who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:34 There is also a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world-how she may please her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound by law for as long as her husband lives; but if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whoever she desires, only in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we no right to take along a wife who is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.
Ephesians 5:28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
1 Thessalonians 4:4 that each man among you shall know how to procure a wife who shall be his own in purity and honour;
1 Timothy 2:14 and Adam was not deceived, but his wife was thoroughly deceived, and so became involved in transgression.
1 Timothy 3:2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;
1 Timothy 3:12 Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
1 Timothy 5:9 Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,
Titus 1:6 if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.
Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and be exceedingly glad, and let us give the glory to him. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready."
Revelation 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were loaded with the seven last plagues came, and he spoke with me, saying, "Come here. I will show you the wife, the Lamb's bride."
Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.
Genesis 2:25 They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3:8 They heard the voice of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you have listened to your wife's voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying,'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
Genesis 3:20 The man called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Genesis 3:21 Yahweh God made coats of skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.
Genesis 4:1 The man knew Eve his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Cain, and said, "I have gotten a man with Yahweh's help."
Genesis 4:17 Cain knew his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Enoch. He built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
Genesis 4:25 Adam knew his wife again. She gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, "for God has appointed me another child instead of Abel, for Cain killed him."
Genesis 6:2 that God's sons saw that men's daughters were beautiful, and they took for themselves wives of all that they chose.
Genesis 6:18 But I will establish my covenant with you. You shall come into the ship, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
Genesis 7:7 Noah went into the ship with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, because of the waters of the flood.
Genesis 7:13 In the same day Noah, and Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered into the ship;
Genesis 8:15 And God speaketh unto Noah, saying, 'Go out from the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee;
Genesis 8:16 "Go out of the ship, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you.
Genesis 8:18 Noah went forth, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives with him.
Genesis 11:29 Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who was also the father of Iscah.
Genesis 11:31 Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife. They went forth from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there.
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