Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

A Fan of mine sent in this question and wants me to answer him with Bible references.  And I am throwing it to the whole world. Please is it lawful for someone to get married to his or her cousin. He is in a dilemma, please let us help him out.

God Bless You As You Do So, In Christ Jesus! Amen!




Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

Biblical Concept On Marriage

Biblical Concept On Marriage

Biblical Concept On Marriage

Calvary greetings to you and your family in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I’m a great fan of you. I love what you do and I pray for more grace of God in your life and the life of your family. Please I have a question is it Lawful for someone to get married to his or her cousin. The relationship is very distant (the grandfather of the Woman is a younger brother to the man’s Grandmother and the father of the man is a cousin to the father of the woman i.e 1st cousin While the children of the first cousin are the once that intend to get married) please I really need a clear answer to this question because there are examples of people that were married from their family. Eleazar’s daughters each married first cousins, as they were instructed ( 1 Chronicles 23:22).

See below

Forbidden Marriages Scripture

Between parents and children –Leviticus 18:7-8

Between stepparents and stepchildren- Leviticus 18:8, 17

With your paternal or maternal aunt-Leviticus 18:12-13

With your uncle or aunt –Leviticus 18:14

Between brother and sister and half-brother and half-sister-Leviticus 18:9

Between stepbrothers and stepsisters-Leviticus 18:11

With your daughter-in-law –Leviticus 18:15

With your sister-in-law –Leviticus 18:16

With your granddaughter –Leviticus 18:10

With your step-granddaughter –Leviticus 18:17

However, it’s important to remember that many laws do condemn this type of marriage and Christians are commanded to “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Peter 2:13-15, See also Romans 13:1-2). Please give biblical evidence of your answer.


Yours Fan

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!




May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!





7 thoughts on “Is It Lawful For Someone To Get Married To His Or Her Cousin?

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  5. Good Afternoon Brother!

    First of all, I am an Igbo young man like you, and I am from Anambra State; And where I come from it is a taboo to marry your cousin or have any sexual relationship with him or her.

    Though I learn some community in Ebony State encourages it! So first of all, find out if your village approves of it; and from the content of your mail, it seems they do not, and you need a reason to justify the relationship,

    If your community frowns at it why continue with the relationship.

    I took up your question with my pastor, he told me it is not right for the following reasons: (1) Medically there are some deformities and illnesses that could accrue from such relationship

    (2) In The Bible The Israelite were excepted and warned not to marry strange women or foreign women to avoid the sin of idolatry. And those you mentioned in your email also married from their families to avoid the been corrupted or entangled into the sin of idolatry of other families.

    (3) Since the society frowns at it, how long do you think the marriage will last? do you want your marriage to be constantly under scrutiny?

    This mere infatuation! And Lust! That will wear off with time!

    Think About It Deeply

    And lastly, have you prayed about it? What was God’s response?

    I hope I answered your question!


    God Bless You Exceedingly In Christ Jesus! Amen!



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