Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”

Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”

“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”[a]

But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’[b] from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife,[c] and the two are united into one.’[d] Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

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  1. 10:4 See Deut 24:1.
  2. 10:6 Gen 1:27; 5:2.
  3. 10:7 Some manuscripts do not include and is joined to his wife.
  4. 10:7-8 Gen 2:24.

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