Teaching About Divorce

19 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from (A)Galilee and (B)entered (C)the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And (D)large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and (E)tested him by asking, (F)“Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, (G)“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, (H)‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and (I)the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. (J)What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, (K)“Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your (L)hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (M)And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 19:9 Some manuscripts add and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery; other manuscripts except for sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery

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