Deuteronomy 24:1

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When a man hath taken a wife and married her, and it come to passe that shee find no fauour in his eyes, because hee hath found some vncleannesse in her: then let him write her a bill of diuorcement, and giue it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts {it} in her hand and sends her out from his house,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a man takes a wife, and after they are married she is unpleasing to him because of some bad quality in her, let him give her a statement in writing and send her away from his house.
- Basic English Bible

When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, it shall be if she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a letter of divorce, and give it into her hand, and send her out of his house.
- Darby Bible

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it shall come to pass that she findeth no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
- Webster's Bible

When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
- World English Bible

`When a man doth take a wife, and hath married her, and it hath been, if she doth not find grace in his eyes (for he hath found in her nakedness of anything), and he hath written for her a writing of divorce, and given [it] into her hand, and sent her out of his house,
- Youngs Literal Bible

When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, then it cometh to pass, if she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he writeth her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 24:1


24:1 Some uncleanness - Some hateful thing, some distemper of body or quality of mind not observed before marriage: or some light carriage, as this phrase commonly signifies, but not amounting to adultery. Let him write - This is not a command as some of the Jews understood it, nor an allowance and approbation, but merely a permission of that practice for prevention of greater mischiefs, and this only until the time of reformation, till the coming of the Messiah when things were to return to their first institution and purest condition.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 24

  • Irene123
    Deut.24:4 and Jer.3:1; They 'seem' contradictory, and even hypocritical, but God's word does NOT contradict itself. So, we read Isa.1:18 and we pray for His guidance into the sense of them. WE know God took His whoring people back time and time again. So, there is a reasonable explanation for these 2 verses. What it is - I don't know and it's not that important to me.
  • Remiel
    Deut 1- 4 means excatly what it says. The woman cannot divorce the husband, according to the law, which is why it says the man hand her a bill of divorce and send her out. If she marrys again she has become defiled, its the same as adultry, basically in The Most High words their is no divorce you are techically married until death or by being defiled. Willful sin and you wont enter the kingdom.
  • GeraldineCole
    I am speaking on verse 4 in this chapter this means if u devorce your first huband and get married to another man this is telling us u may not go back to your formal huband because now u have defiled your self with another man .so a lot of women have defiled them self.now if the women had separate from her huband and had not slept with another man then she could return to her huband Amen
  • Dewey J
    Sherry, John 1:17 says, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Ro.8:2 says, For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hast made me free from the law of sin and death. Therefore, by the death of Jesus Christ and the grace of almighty God through Jesus your marriage is legitimate in God,s sight. Glory be to Jehovah through our Lord and savior
    Jesus Christ
  • Ps SA.Ngomani for verse 10
    I agree with this verse, because we are not same in life some are struggling to survive.
  • Does this mean, in plain english, that a man or woman should not remarry their x if they slept with another person after the divorce because they are now defiled?

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