"I believe the Bible says to leave all and cleave unto your wife," returned Garrison.
Does not the Bible say, 'You must leave father and mother, and cleave to me'?
She said that a polite lie was an awful sin, so in this house I must cleave to the home truths.
cleave dismounted, and came, hat in hand, to the coach window.
Out of the centre of a huge white mass down the cleave appeared a black scarf tied to the end of an umbrella.
It was only cleave's patient insistence that had procured them at last.
Is it not probable that cleave had also some such metaphorical meaning which would be suitable here?
But cleave's company, by virtue of cleave himself, was fairly equipped.
When the time was passed the two rose, and cleave held her in his arms.
cleave, turning, regarded his men with almost a love-light in his eyes.
"to split," Old English cleofan, cleven, cliven "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from Proto-Germanic *kleubanan (cf. Old Saxon klioban, Old Norse kljufa, Danish klöve, Dutch kloven, Old High German klioban, German klieben "to cleave, split"), from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (see glyph).
Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see cleave (v.2)), apparently by analogy with other Middle English strong verbs. Clave was common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the KJV; weak past tense cleaved for this verb also emerged in 14c.; cleft is still later. The past participle cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.
"to adhere," Middle English cleven, clevien, cliven, from Old English clifian, cleofian, from West Germanic *klibajanan (cf. Old Saxon klibon, Old High German kliban, Dutch kleven, Old High German kleben, German kleben "to stick, cling, adhere"), from PIE *gloi- "to stick" (see clay). The confusion was less in Old English when cleave (v.1) was a class 2 strong verb; but it has grown since cleave (v.1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick (v.) and split (v.).