The Hebrew word, dabaq, suggests the idea of being permanently glued together or cleaving to each other. It is used of God’s people in covenant relationship with Himself. It is also used to describe Ruth’s refusal to leave Naomi.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave (dabaq), and swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave (dabaq) unto her. (Ruth 1:14)
Marriage illustrates the concept. A married man and woman, with the Holy Spirit in both of their lives, can realize the full beauty of a dabaq relationship (husband, wife, and the Holy Spirit, the “glue”). On the other hand, a married man and woman, but without the Holy Spirit, may actually function as little more than “married singles.”
A Christian husband and wife should do all they can to avoid anything that would weaken the bond enabled by the Holy Spirit in their relationship. For a Christian young person seeking to be married, the warning of Scripture is not to become unequally yoked together with an unbeliever, thereby limiting or negating the dabaq relationship that is possible in his or her future.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
…a threefold cord (in this case: husband, wife, and Holy Spirit) is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12b)
May our relationships with the Lord, with our families, and with those in our church be characterized by our desire to cleave (dabaq) to one another, regardless of the circumstances we may face.