Matthew 19:1-10 ESV

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.

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      2 And 4large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

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      3 And Pharisees came up to him and 5tested him by asking, 6"Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?"

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      4 He answered, 7"Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,

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      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'?

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      6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. 10What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

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      7 They said to him, 11"Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?"

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      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.

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      9 13And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."a

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        • ½ 19:9 - Some manuscripts add and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery; other manuscripts except for sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery
          10 The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry."