Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife1 for any and every reason?"
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"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'2
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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' ?3
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So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"4
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Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."5
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The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.6
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