I can't figure out where else to put this post, so I guess the marriage section is most appropriate (mods, feel free to move). Many of us know this famous portion of scripture from Jeremiah: 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. My question is: At what point can we take a portion of scripture and take it from interpretation, to application, then personalization? When is it inappropriate? Is ALL of scripture able to be personalized? Example: A few verses before, in the same chapter, we read that this proclamation was specifically for those who were carried away captive. 4Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; Strict exegesis would say this was a specific proclamation for a specific time, to specific people (those led away captive). But, many believers take the "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you," and personalize it to their own lives. Is this correct? Bottom line application to marriage in general, and plural marriage specifically is: Can we hold every scripture about marriage and apply it to plural marriage? Can we take every promise about God's shepherding characteristics and leading us in his divine plan and personalize them to us for every moment in life (yes, taking a second spouse). Yes, I know I've asked this in various forms and in different posts before, but I'm not sure I've settled it in my mind. I know many couples seeking God's wisdom in expanding their families may have the same thoughts. Is God calling the shots and we acquiese? Or, do we call the shots, and God chooses whether to bless our free will choices?