Concerning Divorce

19 (A)When Jesus had finished these words, He left Galilee and (B)came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and [a]large crowds followed Him, and (C)He healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to [b]Jesus, testing Him and [c]asking, “(D)Is it lawful for a man to [d]divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read (E)that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘(F)For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and (G)the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate.” They *said to Him, “(H)Why, then, did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to [e]divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, (I)whoever [f]divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman [g]commits adultery[h].”

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  1. Matthew 19:2 Or many
  2. Matthew 19:3 Lit Him
  3. Matthew 19:3 Lit saying
  4. Matthew 19:3 Lit send away
  5. Matthew 19:8 Lit send away
  6. Matthew 19:9 Lit sends away
  7. Matthew 19:9 One early ms makes her commit adultery
  8. Matthew 19:9 One early ms adds and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery

so that your charitable giving will be in secret; and (A)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to (B)stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners (C)so that they [a]will be seen by people. (D)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But as for you, when you pray, (E)go into your inner room, close your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and (F)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their (G)many words. So do not be like them; for (H)your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

The Lord’s Prayer

(I)Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
[b]Hallowed be Your name.

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  1. Matthew 6:5 Lit may show themselves to
  2. Matthew 6:9 I.e., treated as sacred or holy

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