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Matthew 19:1-10 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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