Should men wear a wedding ring
“Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” (1Pe 3:6)
The Biblical teaching states that the woman is acquired by the man (not a literal purchase but a symbolic one). In other words she leaves the family of her father and enters into a new family of her husband as a new cell. This is to be done in three ways:
1) through giving her a gift of value,
2) through a document,
3) through sexual relations.
Biblically the wife is property of the husband as stated by the 10th Commandment: “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male slave, or his slave-girl, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which belongs to your neighbour.” (Exo 20:17). This meaning that the husband has rulership over the wife and that is why he gives her a ring to signify dominion over her for she was created for him and not vice versa: “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (1Co 11:9 AV) A woman should not give a ring to her husband for she has no rulership over him (of course in these days where men have been castrated mentally by democracy and feminism it is not so, but the contrary).
In biblical times, a wife was regarded as belonging to her husband. At marriage a bride price, also known as bride wealth, was an amount of money or property or wealth paid by the groom or his family to the parents of a woman upon the marriage of their daughter to the groom. The agreed bride price was generally not intended to reflect the perceived value of the girl but a common agreement between the parties on bonding the families of union between the relationships. Also dowry, was used by the bride to help establish the new household, and dower, which is property settled on the bride herself by the groom at the time of marriage, this was property of the wife to use in case of the death of the husband.
The wedding ring is part of the wedding; the vows or even a marriage contract are not sufficient to constitute a proper marriage! a formal consecration must be made by the groom giving to the bride something of value (like gold) that is whole and unbroken. Today this is usually accomplished by the giving of a ring at the wedding to the bride. The ring must be the bridegroom’s property and given at the wedding ceremony. Orthodox Rabbis refuse to perform a double ring ceremony, because they feel it invalidates the idea of the groom acquiring the bride as a wife in exchange of something valuable.
If you have seen the wedding of Price William and Katie you would have noticed that she received a ring from William, but she gave none to him. And so did Charles, his father and Prince Philip.
At no point does the bride should give anything to the groom. In fact, if she were to do it would invalidate the ring he has given her! After all, he has to symbolically bring her into his domain: her giving him a ring then destroys that effect. Many orthodox Jewish men do not wear rings.
Historically, another reason a wedding ring was worn only by the bride was because it has served to represent ownership by her husband. The wedding ring also signifies that the woman wearing it is married and belongs to someone else and thus she is “off-limit” to potential suitors.
Some Biblical References of man headship over the woman:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male slave, or his slave-girl, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which belongs to your neighbor.” (Exo 20:17)
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (1Co 11:7-9)
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1Ti 2:11-14)
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” (Eph 5:23)
“But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself unseemly toward his virgin daughter, if she be past the flower of her age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry.” (1Co 7:36)
Men's wedding rings are somewhat of a new phenomenon. Most likely your grandfathers didn't wear one, yet most modern men do. Vintage and antique ring sets rarely include a band for the groom - only the engagement ring and wedding band for the bride. Why did this modern trend happen? It was during the WWII war the fashion was to wear a wedding ring to remind the soldiers of their wives. In the United States, it was very rare for a groom to receive a ring before World War II. Yet, during the war, rings became a symbol and comforting reminder to the soldiers of their wives left at home, and the popularity of this practice soared.
That's when men started to be expected to wear wedding rings, and nowadays when you hear men that don't want to wear them you think that it's a bit odd.
The ceremony in the Church of England Book of Common Prayer, from 1549, includes the words "with this ring I thee wed" - but involves only the presentation of a ring by the man to the woman. In medieval Europe, Christian wedding ceremony involved putting the ring on the bride's index alone.
So we see here that with the feminization of society the men have lost (given away) their God given headship over their wives, their families and their nations and we can easily see everywhere the appalling consequences on our societies. The men wearing the wedding rings are a powerful sign of abdicating their manhood.