Large crowds followed him, and he healed them(A) there.

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

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a](C) and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]?(D) So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 19:4 Gen. 1:27
  2. Matthew 19:5 Gen. 2:24

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