Genesis 25:6. Abraham’s concubines:
But unto the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
2 Samuel 5:13. David took him more concubines and wives:
And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
2 Samuel 15:16. Left ten concubines to keep his house:
And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
1 Chronicles 3:9. Sons of David, beside the sons of his concubines:
These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.
Song of Solomon 6:8–9. Queens and concubines:
There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines,
and virgins without number.
My dove, my undefiled is but one;
she is the only one of her mother,
she is the choice one of her that bare her.
The daughters saw her, and blessed her;
yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
Esther 2:14. Which kept the concubines:
In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.
Daniel 5:2–3. Then they brought the vessels taken out of the house of God, which was at Jerusalem, and the king, his wives and concubines drank in them:
Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Daniel 5:23: but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
So that many wives, concubines, or half-whores, and trading in slaves was and is the heathen practice, although permitted to the Jews for a time for the hardness of their hearts, as Christ well said concerning the divorce.
So the Pope, papists, and maybe some others called Christians have licked up such like filthiness as keeping slaves, giving licenses for common stews, brothel houses, which are common whorehouses.
These things by him that is called His Holiness, and now Protestants have licked up some of their filthiness.
They marry to divorce, and divorce to marry again, as Seneca well observes.
Shall we as a people, professing such purity, touch with such filthiness?
1 Chronicles 7:4. Many wives, multitude of wives:
And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons.
1 Chronicles 14:3. David took many wives:
And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more sons and daughters.
2 Chronicles 11:21. Took 18 wives, 60 concubines:
And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters).
2 Chronicles 11:23. Desired many wives:
And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.
Jeremiah 35:8. Drink no wine:
Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
Judges 8:30–31. Gideon had many wives:
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
Deuteronomy 17. 17. Neither shall he multiply wives:
Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
But the children of Israel and Judah would not obey the command, as well as others; neither their kings nor common people.
Formerly—I suppose by scripture—they that were accounted good men went to harlots sometimes, as well as kept slaves, by what follows:
Genesis 38:15–16, 24–25. Judah thought her to be an harlot, and he turned in unto her; very severe against her, for what he had done himself. Something like poor David: would have her burnt:
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
Verses 24–25: And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, “Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom.” And Judah said, “Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.” When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “By the man, whose these are, am I with child”: and she said, “Discern, I pray thee: whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff?”
Leviticus 21:12–14. A priest shall not take a divorced woman, or an harlot; others may:
Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. And he shall take a wife in her virginity. A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
Joshua 2:1; 6:17, 22. They came into an harlot’s house, Rahab’s, and lodged there:
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
Joshua 6:17: And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
Joshua 6:22: But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.”
Judges 11:1. Jeptha was a mighty man of valor, the son of an harlot:
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
Judges 16:1. Then went Sampson to Gaza, and saw an harlot, and went in to her:
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.
Joel 3:3. They have given a boy for an harlot:
And they have cast lots for my people;
and have given a boy for an harlot,
and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
What condition were these people in?
1 Corinthians 6:15. Shall I take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? (Or keep slaves, God forbid, saith my soul):
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
Set a watch O Lord, before my mouth;
keep the door of my lips.
Incline not my heart not to any evil thing,
to practice wicked Works, with them that work iniquity (by slave-keeping, or otherwise?)
And let me not eat of their dainties.
Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness:
and let him reprove me, it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head:
for yet my Prayer also shall be in their calamities.
(I hope, and sincerely desire it may ever be so with Benjamin Lay.)