In the Old Testament, the chastity or virginity of a woman betrothed was a matter of life or death (Duet 22) but in that era, there really wasn’t really a period of time that the Jewish men and women dated before they became betrothed or engaged to one another.They likely met and saw one another during the holy days, weddings, funerals, and things like that and so they probably had occasion to get to know one another but there was not really “dating” as we know it and in fact, upon the engagement or betrothal, the groom went away for twelve months so that the bride could learn and be prepared for married life while the groom made ready the new home they would live in.This is why, once Joseph found Mary to be with child “Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly” (Matt ).
Proverbs A gossip tells secrets, so don’t hang around with someone who talks too much.
James My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?
Or what fellowship has light with darkness” (2nd Cor )?
The truth is we have no partnership with those who live in and walk in darkness.
For one thing, we know that “Bad company ruins good morals” (1st Cor ).
Proverbs What a shame, what folly, to give advice before listening to the facts!
Colossians And you husbands must love your wives and never treat them harshly.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?