‘āzaḇ ‘Leave’ and dāḇaq ‘Cleave’ in Genesis 2:24 and Marital Stability

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‘āza ‘Leave’ and aq ‘Cleave’ in Genesis 2:24 and Marital Stability

Onyekachi Gift Chukwuma

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol 9, No 1 | © 2021 Onyekachi Gift Chukwuma

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Submitted: 30 March 2021 | Published: 24 August 2021

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Onyekachi Gift Chukwuma, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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The concluding section of the second creation account in Genesis 2 records the creation of man and the institution of marriage. After God created man, he observed the need for man to have a companion. Then, God made woman out of a rib from man. Genesis 2:24 lays bare the prerequisites for a stable marital relationship. It establishes God’s perfect design for marriage. The injunctions expressed in the text are fundamental for a functional husband-wife relationship. The text submits that marriage requires a man’s leaving of his parents in order to create a new family. It teaches that marriage is an inseparable union. This paper employs literary exegetical method to interpret the concepts ‘leave’ and ‘cleave’ and their socio-theological significance in achieving marital stability. In this paper, the terms ‘leave’ and ‘cleave’ are interpreted ‘detachment’ and ‘attachment’ respectively. Although the instruction to ‘leave’ and ‘cleave’ was given to the man, this article submits that both a man and woman should ‘leave’ and ‘cleave’ for a peaceful marital relationship. The act of leaving one’s parents prepares a husband and wife for an independent family union. Husbands and wives are to detach themselves from people and influences which challenge peace in the family. They are to demonstrate oneness in all their affairs as this helps to strengthen the bond between them. This article unequivocally submits that marital bliss is attainable when both parties are committed to observing these basic principles.  


Genesis 2:24, leave, cleave, stability, marriage.