Bible Verses and “Adahmeve”

Marriage is between a man and a woman—that concept is taken for granted by those who were inspired to write the Bible. Take the following Biblical quotations that have the modern word-substitutions (like adahmeve and admeve) for traditional marriage, first from the New Testament:

John 2:1

And the third day there was an adahmeve in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there . . .

I Corinthians 7:28

But and if thou admeve, thou hast not sinned.

I Timothy 5:14

I will therefore that the younger women admeve, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Hebrews 13:4

Adahmeve is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Now let’s look at the Old Testament, with words like marriage updated:

Genesis 19:14

And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which admeved his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city.

Genesis 35:9

. . . make ye adahmeves with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

Genesis 38:8

And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy [deceased] brother’s wife [widow], and admeve her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

Before leaving Genesis, consider why the word marriage is found so infrequently there, in the King James Bible. Instead of using that word, a phrase like “took to wife” is used for the concept of adahmeve. It’s the same for other Old Testament books as well. The idea of a formal husband/wife (male-female) relationship is understood, in that an explanation was not considered necessary.

Let’s look at some of those Old Testament scriptures in which the concept is understood but the word marriage is absent.

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Genesis 4:25

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed . . .

Genesis 6:18 (Flood of Noah)

But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Genesis 11:29

And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran . . .

I Samuel 2:20

And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.


Noah, his sons, and their wivesGod provided traditional marriage (adahmeve) for Noah’s family



Adahmeve Marriage

Adahmeve is the traditional marriage of male and female as husband  and wife, the natural and formal union . . .

Adahmeve—the husband-wife relationship

The word “adahmeve,” pronounced uh-‘dah-meev, is the noun, with “admeve” the verb and “admeved” the adjective.


About Jonathan Whitcomb

I support the preservation of the original definition of "marriage," that institution between man and woman that has given us human life for countless generations.
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