Mark 10:1-12 ESV

Teaching About Divorce

1 1And he left there and went 2to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

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      2 And Pharisees came up and in order 3to test him asked, 4"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

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      3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?"
      4 They said, 5"Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."

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      5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your 6hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

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      6 But 7from the beginning of creation, 'God made them 8male and female.'

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      7 9'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,a

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        • ‘ 10:7 - Some manuscripts omit and hold fast to his wife
          8 and 10the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.

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          9 11What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

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          10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.
          11 And he said to them, 12"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,

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          12 and 13if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

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