Jesus left that place and went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again crowds of people came to him. As usual, he taught them.
Some Pharisees came to put him to the test. They asked, "Does the Law allow a man to divorce his wife?"
"What did Moses command you?" he replied.
They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a letter of divorce and send her away."
"You were stubborn. That's why Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.
"But at the beginning of creation, God 'made them male and female.'#1(Genesis 1:27)#2
'That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.
The two of them will become one.'#1(Genesis 2:24)#2 They are no longer two, but one.
So a man must not separate what God has joined together."
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
He answered, "What if a man divorces his wife and gets married to another woman? He commits adultery against her.
And what if she divorces her husband and gets married to another man? She commits adultery."