Matthew 19:3-6

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 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]
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’[b] ?
6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Matthew 19:3-6 In-Context

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 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
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 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’
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. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Matthew 5:31
  • 2. Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:2
  • 3. Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31

Footnotes 2

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