Jesus’ Teaching about Divorce

10 (A)Getting up, He *went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds *gathered around Him again, and, (B)according to His custom, He once more began to teach them.

Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to [a]divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “(C)Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and [b]send her away.” But Jesus said to them, [c](D)Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But (E)from the beginning of creation, God (F)made them male and female. (G)For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother[d], (H)and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

10 In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. 11 And He *said to them, (I)Whoever [e]divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; 12 and (J)if she herself [f]divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

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  1. Mark 10:2 Or send away
  2. Mark 10:4 Or divorce her
  3. Mark 10:5 Or With reference to
  4. Mark 10:7 Many late mss add and shall cling to his wife
  5. Mark 10:11 Or sends away
  6. Mark 10:12 Or sends away