Life of Jesus
Jesus Teaches on Marriage and Divorce
Mat 19:3-12; Mk 10:2-12
3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful
for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?"
4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at
the beginning 'made them male and female,'
5 "and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be
joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
6 "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined
together, let not man separate."
7 They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of
divorce, and to put her away?"
8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you
to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,
and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced
10 His disciples said to Him, "If such is the case of the man with his wife, it
is better not to marry."
11 But He said to them, "All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it
has been given:
12 "For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother's womb, and there
are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made
themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He who is able to accept
it, let him accept it."
2 The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his
wife?" testing Him.
3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"
4 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to
5 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heart he
wrote you this precept.
6 "But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.'
7 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
8 'and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one
9 "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter.
11 So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits
adultery against her.
12 "And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits