Genesis 4:19-24 And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Lamech said to his wives: "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold."
Although Lamech may have been boastful in that the punishment he gave out for an individual that harmed him was beyond restitution, he was acting in self defense when a man harmed him.
Genesis 6:1-6 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years." The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Then the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
From my studies it appears that the prominent understanding of the sons of God is that they are descendants of Seth who are not considered evil men.
I have seen both these passages used to indicate that polygyny is evil or at least sinful, and I can’t find a way to make that correlation. Am I missing something?
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