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Matthew 19:3 World English Bible (WEB)

Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”

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Matthew 19:3 New International Version (NIV)

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

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Matthew 19:3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him,[a] saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”

Footnotes:

  1. 19:3 Tested him: the verb is used of attempts of Jesus’ opponents to embarrass him by challenging him to do something they think impossible (Mt 16:1; Mk 8:11; Lk 11:16) or by having him say something that they can use against him (Mt 22:18, 35; Mk 10:2; 12:15). For any cause whatever: this is peculiar to Matthew and has been interpreted by some as meaning that Jesus was being asked to take sides in the dispute between the schools of Hillel and Shammai on the reasons for divorce, the latter holding a stricter position than the former. It is unlikely, however, that to ask Jesus’ opinion about the differing views of two Jewish schools, both highly respected, could be described as “testing” him, for the reason indicated above.
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Matthew 19:3 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”

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