You ask,16 "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness17 between you and the wife of your youth,18 because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.19
Has not [the LORD] made them one?20 In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring.c21 So guard yourself22 in your spirit, and do not break faith23 with the wife of your youth.
Or "15 But the one [who is our father] did not do this, not as long as life remained in him. And what was he seeking? An offspring from God"
"I hate divorce,24" says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himselfd with violence25 as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit,26 and do not break faith.
You have wearied27 the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask.28 By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased29 with them" or "Where is the God of justice?30"