"I believe the Bible says to leave all and cleave unto your wife," returned Garrison.
For the present, I was willing to cleave to old Matt, as he had to me.
She said that a polite lie was an awful sin, so in this house I must cleave to the home truths.
This unique being has brought the kingdom to all who will cleave to him.
Out of the centre of a huge white mass down the cleave appeared a black scarf tied to the end of an umbrella.
At last he cried, 'cleave him to the brisket,' but without conviction.
Is it not probable that cleave had also some such metaphorical meaning which would be suitable here?
The tongue of the good clergyman seemed to cleave to the roof of his mouth.
When the time was passed the two rose, and cleave held her in his arms.
Does not the Bible say, 'You must leave father and mother, and cleave to me'?
"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cleave (v.1) was a class 2 strong verb; but it has grown since cleave (v.1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick (v.) and split (v.).