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]

    [1] Genesis 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]

    [2] Genesis 2:18;
    [3] Genesis 1:28;
    [4] 1 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]

    [5] Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 4:3;
    [6] 1 Corinthians 7:39;
    [7] Nehemiah 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]

    [8] Leviticus 18;
    [9] Mark 6:18; 1 Corinthians 5:1.