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2010, May 6

Book of Mormon | “Seven women will take hold of one man–LDS Church/ Mormon Polygamy?” by grego

“Seven Women Will Take Hold of One Man”:  Is this LDS Polygamy?

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Many LDS/ Mormons/ members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have wondered if these verses were describing a future of polygamy:

Isaiah 4:1 says:
1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

2 Nephi 14:1 says:
And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.

Many have wondered, is this talking about LDS Church/ Mormon polygamy?

No, it’s not.

A few clues come in the verse itself, while others come in the contexts preceding and following.

First,there is no mention that this would be God-ordained; it’s the women wanting the man; thus, not LDS polygamy.

It also suggests that this is not really a marriage relationship; this would be impossible with gospel polygamy.

LDS women won’t want to get married “just to be married”.

Also, there is no reproach in being single in the gospel.

Next, look at the context this verse is given in:

2 Nephi 3 says:
12 And my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people and the princes thereof; for ye have eaten up the vineyard and the spoil of the poor in your houses.
15 What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
16 Moreover, the Lord saith: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet—
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments, and cauls, and round tires like the moon;
19 The chains and the bracelets, and the mufflers;
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the ear-rings;
21 The rings, and nose jewels;
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping-pins;
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils.
24 And it shall come to pass, instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle, a rent; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a stomacher, a girding of sackcloth; burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate, and shall sit upon the ground.

2 Nephi 4:2-6 say:
2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the earth excellent and comely to them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion and remain in Jerusalem shall be called holy, every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem—
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.
6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.

It is possible that these women would be the unrighteous “daughters of Zion”.  The men will die in war.  Note that “[i]n that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious”–not something this would be describing, were it LDS polygamy.

Note also that the LDS Church was pushing for a constitutional amendment which, even though is seemed it was just against gay/ lesbian marriage, was also against polygamy.  The amendment was to affirm marriage as a “union between *a* man and *a* woman”.

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