So no never once on this blog have I ever advocated for 10-year-olds to be married.
What if a Girl has her First Period at 10 or Younger?
This is the logic Dana and perhaps some others have been following. They reason that if I think that girls should be automatically married after their first period then what if she has her first period at 9 or 10 or even some girls might have it earlier?
The answer is that a girl’s first period was only ONE indicator of her being of allowable age for marriage. If you look at previous articles I have written I have said these are all factors for deciding at what age a girl may marry:
Ezekial 16:7-8 indicates that the girl must have outward indicators of puberty such as developed breasts and pubic hair to indicate it is “the time of love for her”. In fact, in Song of Solomon 8:8 it seems to indicate that if a woman had no breasts it would be difficult to get a man to marry her.
I Corinthians 7:36 uses the phrase “ if she pass the flower of her age” which is a reference to her having her first period(that she is literally “ripe”).
Exodus 22:16-17 indicates that a woman’s father has the final say over when and who she will marry.
So it is not just one of these three factors that allows a girl to be married – it is ALL three. Most girls do not start their periods until around age 12 and even if they do start earlier they have not developed breasts and pubic hair by that point.
But let’s say some girl is a miracle of nature and she has fully developed breasts, pubic hair and had her first period at age 10.