'Widow' in the Bible
Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until Shelah my son grows up." For he thought, "I don't want him to die like his brothers." So Tamar went and lived in her father's house.
"You must not afflict any widow or orphan.
He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or one profaned by prostitution; he may only take a virgin from his people as a wife.
but if a priest's daughter is a widow or divorced, and she has no children so that she returns to live in her father's house as in her youth, she may eat from her father's food, but no lay person may eat it.
"But every vow of a widow or of a divorced woman which she has pledged for herself will remain intact.
who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.
Whenever you reap your harvest in your field and leave some unraked grain there, you must not return to get it; it should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow so that the Lord your God may bless all the work you do.
When you beat your olive tree you must not repeat the procedure; the remaining olives belong to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow.
When you gather the grapes of your vineyard you must not do so a second time; they should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow.
But if the man does not want to marry his brother's widow, then she must go to the elders at the town gate and say, "My husband's brother refuses to preserve his brother's name in Israel; he is unwilling to perform the duty of a brother-in-law to me!"
Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.' Then all the people will say, 'Amen!'
David settled with Achish in Gath, along with his men and their families. David had with him his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal's widow.
David's two wives had been taken captive -- Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal's widow.
His second son was Kileab, born to Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. His third son was Absalom, the son of Maacah daughter of King Talmai of Geshur.
The king replied to her, "What do you want?" She answered, "I am a widow; my husband is dead.
He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
Jeroboam son of Nebat, one of Solomon's servants, rebelled against the king. He was an Ephraimite from Zeredah whose mother was a widow named Zeruah.
"Get up, go to Zarephath in Sidonian territory, and live there. I have already told a widow who lives there to provide for you."
So he got up and went to Zarephath. When he went through the city gate, there was a widow gathering wood. He called out to her, "Please give me a cup of water, so I can take a drink."
Then he called out to the Lord, "O Lord, my God, are you also bringing disaster on this widow I am staying with by killing her son?"
After Hezron's death, Caleb had sexual relations with Ephrath, his father Hezron's widow, and she bore to him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.
He preys on the barren and childless woman, and does not treat the widow well.
If I have refused to give the poor what they desired, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
but from my youth I raised the orphan like a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow!
They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land, and they murder the fatherless.
May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow!
The Lord protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked.
The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.
Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!
Your officials are rebels, they associate with thieves. All of them love bribery, and look for payoffs. They do not take up the cause of the orphan, or defend the rights of the widow.
So now, listen to this, O one who lives so lavishly, who lives securely, who says to herself, 'I am unique! No one can compare to me! I will never have to live as a widow; I will never lose my children.'
(Alef)Alas! The city once full of people now sits all alone! The prominent lady among the nations has become a widow! The princess who once ruled the provinces has become a forced laborer!
They have treated father and mother with contempt within you; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow within you.
They must not marry a widow or a divorcee, but they may marry a virgin from the house of Israel or a widow who is a priest's widow.
You must not oppress the widow, the orphan, the foreigner, or the poor, nor should anyone secretly plot evil against his fellow human being.'
"Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and father children for his brother.'
"Teacher, Moses wrote for us: 'If a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother.'
And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, worth less than a penny.
He called his disciples and said to them, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the offering box than all the others.
She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
Yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.
As he approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her.
There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'
yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.'"
They asked him, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother.
He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.
He said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn to fulfill their duty toward their own household and so repay their parents what is owed them. For this is what pleases God.
But the widow who is truly in need, and completely on her own, has set her hope on God and continues in her pleas and prayers night and day.
No widow should be put on the list unless she is at least sixty years old, was the wife of one husband,
As much as she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 'I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!'