one flesh

one flesh

Joined together with another person in marriage. Taken from the biblical verse regarding marriage, "And the two shall become one flesh." It can also refer to sexual intercourse in general, which according to Judeo-Christian beliefs should occur only within marriage. I am blessed to have been one flesh with my wife for nearly 30 years. Many people choose to wait until they are married to become one flesh with someone.
See also: flesh, one
References in classic literature ?
They alluded to God's creation of a wife from Adam's rib "and for this cause a man shall leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh," and that "this is a great mystery"; they prayed that God would make them fruitful and bless them, like Isaac and Rebecca, Joseph, Moses and Zipporah, and that they might look upon their children's children.
And to think that I and these noble d'Urbervilles were one flesh all the time.
And hence it follows that as the flesh of the wife is one and the same with that of her husband the stains that may come upon it, or the injuries it incurs fall upon the husband's flesh, though he, as has been said, may have given no cause for them; for as the pain of the foot or any member of the body is felt by the whole body, because all is one flesh, as the head feels the hurt to the ankle without having caused it, so the husband, being one with her, shares the dishonour of the wife; and as all worldly honour or dishonour comes of flesh and blood, and the erring wife's is of that kind, the husband must needs bear his part of it and be held dishonoured without knowing it.
Snagsby are not only one bone and one flesh, but, to the neighbours' thinking, one voice too.
I now see Bone of my Bone, Flesh of my Flesh, my Self Before me; Woman is her Name, of Man Extracted; for this cause he shall forgoe Father and Mother, and to his Wife adhere; And they shall be one Flesh, one Heart, one Soule.
We must become one flesh without any delay, Jane: there is but the licence to get--then we marry.
The soul says, 'The man and woman shall be one flesh and one soul;' the body would join the flesh only.
Nobody made it clearer than Jesus: 'This is why a man must leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two become one flesh.
The Bible says in Genesis 1 that God created male and female, that in marriage they are to "be one flesh," and that they are to "be fruitful and multiply.
As they write, "A thriving marriage is not produced by the magic that takes place on the day of your wedding; a thriving marriage actualizes as two friends begin a spiritual journey together and experience the continual wonder of becoming one flesh.
Rather, I see this story-telling of a divinely inspired continuum in connectedness between animals and humankind that eventually finds its highest expression in the creation of woman and the sexual union between man and woman described as the 'two becoming one flesh.
According to the report, the ruling's basis was that it exhibited the degree to which a woman should be devoted to her husband and desire for them to become "of one flesh.
Flanagan's novel is a grand examination of what it is to be a good man and a bad man in the one flesh and, above all, of how hard it is to live after survival.
He speaks over Adam and Eve: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
In my opinion, marriage is a divine institution and not a human creation: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Gen 2:24).