Concerning Divorce

19 (A)When Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee and (B)came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and [a]large crowds followed Him, and (C)He healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to [b]Jesus, testing Him and asking, “(D)Is it lawful for a man to [c]divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read (E)that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘(F)For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and (G)the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” They *said to Him, “(H)Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to [d]divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, (I)whoever [e]divorces his wife, except for [f]immorality, and marries another woman [g]commits adultery[h].”

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  1. Matthew 19:2 Lit many
  2. Matthew 19:3 Lit Him
  3. Matthew 19:3 Or send away
  4. Matthew 19:8 Or send away
  5. Matthew 19:9 Or sends away
  6. Matthew 19:9 Lit fornication
  7. Matthew 19:9 Some early mss read makes her commit adultery
  8. Matthew 19:9 Some early mss add and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery

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