Biblical Principle #279: First Year for New Husbands

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Israelite husbands were to stay home and bring happiness to their wife for their first year of marriage.


GOD told Moses:

5 “If a man should take a new wife, he shall not go out to war or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year and bring happiness to his wife whom he took.

Deuteronomy 24:5 OSB

The Brenton LXX Third Revised Edition makes this passage even more clear:

7 And if anyone should have recently taken a wife, he shall not go to war, neither shall any thing be laid upon him; he shall be free [footnote: guiltless] in his house; for one year he shall cheer his wife whom he has taken.

Deuteronomy 24:7 Brenton LXX Third Revised Edition

What a blessing for a newlywed Israelite couple!

This shows us the heart of GOD, how He originally intended marriage—as an stress-free union of relational joy and sexual … “cheering”—and how He understands how the pressures and stresses of daily life can wreck a marriage before its roots take hold, unless there are protections in place.

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