Matthew 19:4

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’a

Read Matthew 19:4 Using Other Translations

And he answered and said unto them,Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
He answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,
“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ ”

What does Matthew 19:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 19:4

And he answered and said unto them
Not by replying directly to the question, but by referring them to the original creation of man, and to the first institution of marriage, previous to the law of Moses;

have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning, made
them male and female?
This may be read in ( Genesis 1:27 ) and from thence this sense of things collected; that God, who in the beginning of time, or of the creation, as Mark expresses it, made all things, the heavens, and the earth, and all that is therein, and particularly "man", as the Vulgate Latin, and Munster's Hebrew Gospel supply it here, made the first parents of mankind, male and female; not male and females, but one male, and one female; first, one male, and then, of him one female, who, upon her creation, was brought and married to him; so that in this original constitution, no provision was made for divorce, or polygamy. Adam could not marry more wives than one, nor could he put away Eve for every cause, and marry another: now either the Pharisees had read this account, or they had not; if they had not, they were guilty of great negligence and sloth; if they had, they either understood it or not; if they did not understand it, it was greatly to their reproach, who pretended to great knowledge of the Scriptures, and to be able to explain them to others; and if they did understand it, there was no need for this question, which therefore must be put with an evil design.

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