When Jesus had finished saying these things,1 he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
Large crowds followed him, and he healed them2 there.
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife3 for any and every reason?"
4"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'a45and 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 ?56So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."