Matthew 19:1-10 NIV

Divorce

19:1-9pp -- Mk 10:1-12

1 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.

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2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them2 there.

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3 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?"

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4 "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'a4

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5 and 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 ?5

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6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
7 "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"6

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8 Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."7

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10 The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."