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Mark 10:1-12 King James Version (KJV)

10 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Mark 10:1-12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

10 And [Jesus] left there [Capernaum] and went to the region of Judea and beyond [east of] the Jordan; and crowds [constantly] gathered around Him again, and as was His custom, He began to teach them again.

And some Pharisees came up, and, in order to test Him and try to find a weakness in Him, asked, Is it lawful for a man to [a]dismiss and repudiate and divorce his wife?

He answered them, What did Moses command you?

They replied, Moses allowed a man to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.

But Jesus said to them, Because of your hardness of heart [[b]your condition of insensibility to the call of God] he wrote you this [c]precept in your Law.

But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.

For this reason a man shall leave [behind] his father and his mother [d]and be [e]joined to his wife and cleave closely to her permanently,

And the two shall become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.

What therefore God has united (joined together), let not man separate or divide.

10 And indoors the disciples questioned Him again about this subject.

11 And He said to them, Whoever [f]dismisses (repudiates and divorces) his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;

12 And if a woman dismisses (repudiates and divorces) her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 10:2 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  2. Mark 10:5 Henry Swete, The Gospel According to Saint Mark.
  3. Mark 10:5 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  4. Mark 10:7 Some manuscripts do not contain this last section of verse 7.
  5. Mark 10:7 James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary.
  6. Mark 10:11 Henry Swete, The Gospel According to Saint Mark.
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Mark 10:1-12 Living Bible (TLB)

10 Then he left Capernaum[a] and went southward to the Judean borders and into the area east of the Jordan River. And as always there were the crowds; and as usual he taught them.

Some Pharisees came and asked him, “Do you permit divorce?” Of course they were trying to trap him.

“What did Moses say about divorce?” Jesus asked them.

“He said it was all right,” they replied. “He said that all a man has to do is write his wife a letter of dismissal.”

“And why did he say that?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you why—it was a concession to your hardhearted wickedness. 6-7 But it certainly isn’t God’s way. For from the very first he made man and woman to be joined together permanently in marriage; therefore a man is to leave his father and mother, and he and his wife are united so that they are no longer two, but one. And no man may separate what God has joined together.”

10 Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again.

11 He told them, “When a man divorces his wife to marry someone else, he commits adultery against her. 12 And if a wife divorces her husband and remarries, she, too, commits adultery.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 10:1 Then he left Capernaum, literally, “And rising up, he went from there.” Mentioned here so quietly, this was his final farewell to Galilee. He never returned until after his death and resurrection.
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