Matthew 19:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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Teaching About Divorce

1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from 1Galilee and 2entered 3the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And 4large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 And Pharisees came up to him and 5tested him by asking, 6"Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?" 4 He answered, 7"Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, 8'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and 9the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. 10What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." 7 They said to him, 11"Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?" 8 He said to them, "Because of your 12hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 13And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."a 10 The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry."
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