Did Yah Bless David with Many Wives?
(Does 2Sam. 12:8 Support Polygamy?)
James Scott Trimm
"And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things."
2 Samuel 12:8.
A verse which they claim proves that YHWH blessed David with his multiple wives. This is a claim they would never make if they had a good understanding of Hebrew idioms. This is an idiom by which an active verb is used in connection with YHWH, not to say that He did something, but actually to say that he ALLOWED it to happen in his sovereignty over the universe. I will not give you one example of this idiom in the Scriptures, I will give you seven (the number of perfection):
“lead us not into temptation” (Mt. 6:13a) – Compare with “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by Elohim’ for Elohim cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:13-14) (I covered the usage of this idiom here in my HRV version Scriptures in a footnote, as well as in my Commentary to Matthew http://www.lulu.com/nazarene )
“For this cause Elohim shall send them strong delusion…” (2Thes. 2:11)
“…Elohim gave them up to uncleanness… Elohim gave them up to vile affections…” (Romans 1:24-26) – If you read the context of these verses you will see that it is an example of YHWH allowing people in his sovereignty to violate the “male and female” Yesod HaBriah (Principle of Creation) just as he allowed King David to have many wives in violation of the Yesod HaBriah.
“These are they whom YHWH has sent to and fro through the earth.” (Zech. 1:10b) (The “they” in context are horses which represent the 70 year Babylonian captivity (see Zech. 1:8-12).
“Surely You [YHWH] have greatly deceived this people…” (Jer. 4:10)
“I [YHWH] will harden his heart” (Ex. 4:21) - In Rom. 9:17-18 Paul refers to Elohim's sovereignty when he hardened Pharaoh's heart. Paul here quotes Ex. 9:16 and is referring to the material in Ex. 9:15-17. The Calvinist misunderstanding here comes from a lack of understanding the idiom Biblical Hebrew.
In the case of Pharaoh we have a man who was not a believer (Ex. 5:2) and who hardened his own heart (Ex. 8:11, 15, 28; 9:7). Paul simply refers to this story to show that Elohim had the sovereign right to allow Pharaoh to harden his own heart of his own freewill. This concept is also taught in the Talmud:
In the way in which a man wishes to walk he is guided.
If one goes to defile himself, openings are made for him;
and if he goes to purify himself, help is afforded him.
If a man defiles himself a little, he becomes much defiled:
[if he defile himself] below, he becomes defiled from above;
if he defile himself in this world,
he becomes defiled in the world to come.
Our Rabbis taught: Sanctify yourselves,
therefore, and be ye holy:
If a man sanctify himself a little,
he becomes much sanctified.
[If he sanctify himself] below,
he becomes sanctified from above;
if he sanctify himself in this world,
he becomes sanctified in the world to come.
Elohim, has the sovereign right to further harden the heart of the man who has chosen himself to harden his heart. This does not conflict with freewill, it is an amplification of freewill.
“And again the anger of YHWH was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.” (2Sam. 24:1) - I have saved the best example for last… here was are also dealing with David and told that YHWH moved David to number Israel… but wait, the parallel passage in 1Chon. 21:1 says “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” Atheists and Muslims claim this is a “contradiction” in the Bible, but it is just another example of the idiom, YHWH in his sovereignty ALLOWED Satan to provoke David.
In 2Sam. 12:8 YHWH is speaking through Nathan to remind David, that in his sovereignty (despite the instruction for Kings not to multiply wives to themselves Deut. 17:17) ALLOWED David to multiply wives to himself. This idiom is nothing new, I have discussed it over the years in several of my books. These men err in that they do not understand the Scriptures.
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