• Isaiah’s Wife the Prophetess

    Isaiah’s Wife the Prophetess

    You would think considering Isaiah was such a prominent figure in the Bible and the book of Isaiah is one of the longest books in the Bible with 66 chapters, that there would be plenty of coverage of Isaiah’s wife. In fact, though, she is mentioned only once.  In Isaiah 8:3 we’re told, “Then I… Read more

  • Wives From Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab

    Wives From Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab

    After the completion of the wall, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to evaluate the situation. Unfortunately, he found much that disturbed him including Jewish men who had married wives from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. Nehemiah lamented because the children of these mixed marriages could only speak the language of their mothers. They didn’t speak the language… Read more

  • Daughter of Barzillai and Her Levite Husband

    Daughter of Barzillai and Her Levite Husband

    After seventy years of Babylonian captivity, Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem. Ezra 2 lists names and numbers of those returning. It’s much like a genealogy list. Then we get to verses 61-62. “Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who… Read more

  • Nehushta in the Bible

    Nehushta in the Bible

    Nehushta was the daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem. She became the wife of Jehoiakim, a wicked king of Judah, and they had a son named Jehoiachin, also known as Coniah, who reigned as king after the death of his father.  Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king. He only reigned for three months,… Read more

  • Abi in the Bible

    Abi in the Bible

    We’ve looked at many wicked women who influenced their husbands away from God. Today we look at Abi, a godly woman married to a wicked man.  The name Abi or Abijah means “My Father is Jehovah” or “The Will of God”. She was the daughter of Zechariah, the wife of King Ahaz, and the mother… Read more

  • Maacah Wife of King Rehoboam

    Maacah Wife of King Rehoboam

    King Rehoboam married eighteen wives and sixty concubines, but of all King Rehoboam’s wives and concubines, he loved Maacah the most. Though she was not his first, she was his favorite. Rehoboam fathered twenty eight sons and sixty daughters. He decided that Maachah’s son Abijam should be his successor, even though Abijam was not the… Read more

  • Naamah in the Bible

    Naamah in the Bible

    King Rehoboam was the son of Solomon and Naamah. Naamah was one of Solomon’s many wives who drew him away from the true God and led him to evil idol worship.  1 Kings 14:21-22 let’s us know that not only did Naamah influence Solomon, but their son Rehoboam as well.  2 Chronicles 12:13-14 reiterates that… Read more

  • Jeroboam’s Wife

    Jeroboam’s Wife

    King Jeroboam was an evil man. He brought idol worship to a new level. He made priests out of every class of people. Whoever wanted to be a priest, he consecrated, and he became one of the priests of the high places where they worshipped their idols. Then his son Abijah got sick. Since Jeroboam… Read more

  • Wives of Solomon

    Wives of Solomon

    Solomon’s wealth and wisdom were unsurpassed. He had everything he could possibly desire, yet it wasn’t enough. He wanted more.  In addition to the daughter of Pharaoh, he married Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, women from lands where the Israelites were forbidden to intermarry because of their pagan worship. Since these women were… Read more

  • King David’s Wives

    King David’s Wives

    Once David was anointed king, it didn’t take long to acquire more wives. In addition to Ahiroam, Abigail, and Michal, he married Maacah, Haggith, Abital, and Elgah while living in Hebron. Then came Bathsheba. Ahinoam bore him Amnon. Abigail bore Chileab. Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur, bore Absalom. Haggith bore Adonijah. Abital bore… Read more

  • Ahinoam and Abigail

    Ahinoam and Abigail

    Two Bible women are named Ahinoam. The first was Saul’s wife. The second was one of David’s wives. She was from Jezreal, and David married her while he was a fugitive in the wilderness.  Ahinoam and Abigail were in Ziklag when the Amalekites invaded the city and burned it down. The two women, along with… Read more

  • Merab Daughter of Saul

    Merab Daughter of Saul

    Saul had two daughters – Merab and Michal. Though they were daughters of the king, princesses in those days were often used as political pawns. Such is the case with Merab and Michal. In 1 Samuel 18: 17, Saul offered Merab, his oldest daughter, to David if we would fight the Lord’s battles. Saul’s thoughts… Read more

  • Ahinoam Wife of King Saul

    Ahinoam Wife of King Saul

    In 1 Samuel 10 the prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of the Israelites. The chapters that follow cover Saul’s political and spiritual battles.  Chapter 14 tells us that Saul established his sovereignty over Israel and fought against his enemies on every side. He fought Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, kings of Jobah, and the… Read more

  • Peninnah in the Bible

    Peninnah in the Bible

    Elkanah, a certain man of Ramathaim in the mountains of Ephraim, had two wives. His first wife was Hannah. The second was Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah was barren. Though we usually focus on Hannah, let’s take a look at the family dynamics from Peninnah’s point of view. Though the customs of the times… Read more

  • Wives for the Benjaminites

    Wives for the Benjaminites

    What started out as one man of God going astray led to a civil war among the tribes of Israel. The men of Israel fought against the tribe of Benjamin, killing all but six hundred unmarried men.  After the glory of the battle victory wore off, the people then lamented that since they’d sworn not… Read more

  • The Levite’s Concubine

    The Levite’s Concubine

    During the times when Israel had no king, a Levite lived in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem, but his concubine was unfaithful to him and left him, returning to her father’s house and staying there for four months.  As a man of God, this Levite should have… Read more

  • Gideon’s Concubine

    Gideon’s Concubine

    In addition to Gideon’s many wives, he had a concubine who lived in Shechem. She bore Gideon a son who he called Abimelech, which means “my father is king”. Gideon died in peace at a good old age, but as soon as he died, the people of Israel went back to the worship of Baal.… Read more

  • All Gideon’s Wives

    All Gideon’s Wives

    We first meet Gideon in Judges chapter 6, but it’s not until almost three chapters later when he’s on his deathbed, that we discover Gideon had many wives plus at least one concubine.  Gideon started off a humble man. The Angel of the Lord came to him while he threshed wheat in the winepress in… Read more

  • Achsah in the Bible and Her Marriage Request

    Achsah in the Bible and Her Marriage Request

    Just as the daughters of Zelophehad petitioned for women’s property rights, we see in Joshua 15 another daughter who spoke out for her own property inheritance.  Achsah in the Bible We meet Achsah in the Bible when Caleb, her father, offered her in marriage to whoever could conquer the city of Debir.  His nephew Othniel… Read more

  • Cozbi, Daughter of Zur

    Cozbi, Daughter of Zur

    The Hebrew people settled awhile in Acacia Grove in Moab, and while they were there, the men began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. The Moabite women invited the Hebrews to come make sacrifices to their gods, and they did. One of these Moabite women was Cozbi, daughter of Zur, a Midian king.… Read more

  • Unfaithful Wives and Their Consequences

    Unfaithful Wives and Their Consequences

    The books of Leviticus and Numbers are not exactly light reading. They’re full of laws and punishments, many of which are hard for us to understand. It’s easy to gloss over the difficult Scripture and focus on the feel-good stories, but if we do that, we miss out on the full message of God. Numbers… Read more