become one flesh

become one flesh

To join 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 is meant in Judeo-Christian beliefs to be withheld until after marriage. My longtime girlfriend and I finally got engaged, and we will become one flesh this summer. Many people choose to wait until they are married to become one flesh with someone.
See also: become, flesh, one
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We must become one flesh without any delay, Jane: there is but the licence to get--then we marry.
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.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
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).
I would draw attention to the opening words of the marriage service: "The Scriptures teach us that marriage is a gift of God in creation and a means of his grace, a holy mystery in which man and woman become one flesh.
I believe God's intention is that one person would give himself or herself fully to another in a relationship where "two shall become one flesh," as it says in Genesis.
That is what it means to say that in marriage man and woman become one flesh, and becoming one flesh in that way is, George says, the defining good of marriage.
For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:24: "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.
The Bible tells us that when a man and a woman marry, they become one flesh," said Moseley.
The words of Matthew 19:5-6 are often quoted in the marriage ceremony: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
This combination of factors from both parents produces a new being that is completely individual -two people become one flesh.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.