Polygamyβ€”the practice of one man having multiple wivesβ€”was common in antiquity. Though practiced in the Old Testament, polygamy was never God’s perfect plan. Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the π˜‰π˜ͺ𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 π˜”π˜’π˜― broadcast and the 𝘏𝘒𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘦π˜₯ podcast, explains that the ideal pattern of monogamous marriage of one woman and one man was established early in Genesis: β€œA man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (2:24). Moreover, this very passage was quoted by both Jesus and Paul in defense of the sacredness and exclusivity of monogamous marriage (Matthew 19: 3–9; 1 Corinthians 6: 15–17; cf. 1 Corinthians 7:2). Furthermore, the Bible explicitly condemns the polygamy of Old Testament kings (Deuteronomy 17:17). Likewise, New Testament elders and deacons are called to be β€œthe husband of but one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6). Just as the requirements for church leaders set the standards of morality and spiritual maturity for all believers, so, too, the admonition against polygamy for the kings of Israel demonstrated the danger of this practice for all.