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 prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters." 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.
"When God created our first parent in the earthly paradise, the Holy Scripture says that he infused sleep into Adam and while he slept took a rib from his left side of which he formed our mother Eve, and when Adam awoke and beheld her he said, 'This is flesh of my flesh, and bone of my bone.' And God said 'For this shall a man leave his father and his mother, and they shall be two in one flesh; and then was instituted the divine sacrament of marriage, with such ties that death alone can loose them.
Snagsby are not only one bone and one flesh, but, to the neighbours' thinking, one voice too.
God has designed me to be your comfort and protector - I feel it, I know it as certainly as if a voice from heaven declared, "Ye twain shall be one flesh" - and you spurn me from you - '
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.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. So, they are no longer two, but one flesh.
'Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.'
''Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?'' (Matthew 19:4-5)'
A man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. This is the structure of the institution called marriage.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: 'In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion.' Therefore, when a husband and wife become one flesh, they renew their wedding promises in the flesh.
As Jesus in the Gospel today tells us, in marriage, two people "are no longer two but one flesh." My mathematical mind can only wrap itself around this equation by admitting that it takes work to make one plus one equal one.
The Pope explained that God made both male and female together in his image and likeness.  So when they join in marriage they will become "one flesh; this is the grandeur of sexuality.