They said, (A)“Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”

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Laws Concerning Divorce

24 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and (A)he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, then (B)her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.

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Divorce

31 (A)“It was also said, (B)‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 (C)But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and (D)whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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They said to him, (A)“Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”

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19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling (A)to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

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(A)“If[a] a man divorces his wife
    and she goes from him
and becomes another man's wife,
    will he return to her?
(B)Would not that land be greatly polluted?
(C)You have played the whore with many lovers;
    and would you return to me?
declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 3:1 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew Saying, “If

Israel's Sin and the Servant's Obedience

50 Thus says the Lord:
“Where is (A)your mother's certificate of divorce,
    with which (B)I sent her away?
Or (C)which of my creditors is it
    to whom I have sold you?
(D)Behold, for your iniquities you were sold,
    and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.

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