What does it mean to be made “one flesh” in marriage?

“These words [one flesh] are not to be understood to mean that [husband and wife] only physically become one flesh and blood, but they pertain to everything that belongs to outward physical life. The written word flesh means one’s outward life in the flesh. It should transpire that everything belongs to both of them and that they accept everything together and that each one brings to the other body, goods, honor, shame, poverty, illness, and whatever else there is.”

Sermons on Genesis, 1527, [WA XXIV], quoted in Susan C. Karant-Nunn and Merry E. Wiesner, Luther on Women: A Sourcebook, [New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003], 18.)

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