(1Sam 18:1 [KJV])

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.


Should soul ties be broken (united in a bond of intimacy – man & woman)?


This doctrine surrounds two verses in scripture. We are going to compare the two common verses that are referred to in connection with this doctrine. Then we will give our commentary to determine what the bible teaches about breaking “soul ties”.

The two verses used:

1.       (1Cor 6:16 [KJV]) – also called the ungodly soul tie
What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

2.       (1Sam 18:1 [KJV])
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

You will notice that the words used to reflect “joining” are different in two respects (one flesh and was knit).

First, in Corinthians the Apostle Paul is NOT referring to the joining that took place between Jonathan and David (1 Sam 18:1), but he was quoting directly from Genesis 2:24. He was in fact referring to the joining of two people becoming one flesh that occurs between a man and a woman in the act of intimacy; IMPORTANT: scripture (GOD) calls it knowing and not sex.

(Gen 2:24 [KJV])
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Secondly, the word for “one” and “knit” are different in meaning. David and Jonathan could not become one flesh, as this is only possible between a male and female and more importantly, it is God that does the joining. God will never be part of joining two men together in marriage (as some think they can do today in some churches). If a man lies with a man as he does with womankind, it is abomination (Lev 20:13).

God does the joining:

(Mark 10:8-9 [KJV])
And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Now let us look at the root words used for both one and knit.

The word used for one (Greek) to signify joining is:

G1520 εἷς heis (heis') n.

 ἕν hen (hen') [including the neuter (etc.)]


[a primary numeral]

KJV: a(-n, -ny, certain), + abundantly, man, one (another), only, other, some

The word used for knit (Hebrew) to signify joining is:

 H7194 קָשַׁר qashar (kaw-shar') v.

1. to tie.

2. (physically) to gird, confine, compact.

3. (mentally) to be in love (with).

4. (also) to be in league (with).

[a primitive root]

KJV: bind (up), (make a) conspire(-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work (treason).

Conclusion - between the two words: We have two different verses with one conveying to become one flesh as in Gen 2 (man with woman); you will also notice that word “tie” is not associated with the word “one” (εἷς heis). So to lay claim that this word is representative of a “soul tie” would be an error (no translation support). In the other verse we see the soul of one man that was knit to another representing a love and unity (one accord/in league) that was strong (again, they did not become one flesh).

Now to answer the question as it relates to a man breaking off a relationship with a woman that he became one with. Sin is the transgression of God’s law. There is no law that commands a man or woman of God to break a "soul tie" to someone they are married to (as described by some).

Please note: When you see the word married in the bible it has nothing to do with a wedding ceremony or state approved certificate in marriage.  What the world thinks is marriage came into practice in the year 1563 by law of man. Go here to come up to speed with what God’s precept of marriage is (more material can be found on this website concerning the matter of biblical marriage – two becoming one)

So what is an ungodly soul tie (a believer that is bonded to an unbeliever in intimacy our outside wedlock)?

First if you understand what a biblical marriage is, you will know there is no such thing as being outside wedlock. Also, you would understand that fornication is not “sex before marriage”. Biblical fornication has the same root word and meaning as that used for a whore/whoredom. Again, more on this can be found on this website – Watch Video.

Concerning a believer and unbeliever coming together: You will note that Paul instructed married women to stay with their unconverted husbands and not to put them away. 

(1Cor 7:13 [KJV])
And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

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TTGM uses terms found in the bible as much as possible. To use terms that are not found in scripture (eg: soul ties, ungodly soul ties etc) takes you into extra-biblical doctrines/teachings. It is always best to stay with biblical terms and meaning as much as possible to avoid confusion. Why? Whenever Yeshua (Jesus) was asked a question, most of the time He would refer back to what was written, He did not introduce terms that were not written (eg: He would say, have you not read, it was said of them of old or it was written etc). Let us keep the word as simple as possible so that everyone can understand. 

To those that would want to challenge breaking of soul ties. TTGM invites you to find one scripture where God by His law or His words to someone, instructed them to put away (break) an ungodly soul tie (after they became one flesh by agreement). 



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