Matthew 19:7

“They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They say vnto him, Why did Moses then command to giue a writing of diuorcement, and to put her away?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They *said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND {her} AWAY?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They say unto him, Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put `her' away?
- American Standard Version (1901)

They say to him, Why then did Moses give orders that a husband might give her a statement in writing and be free from her?
- Basic English Bible

They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send [her] away?
- Darby Bible

They say to him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
- Webster's Bible

Why then, said they, "did Moses command the husband to give her `a written notice of divorce,' and so put her away?"
- Weymouth Bible

They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
- World English Bible

Thei seien to hym, What thanne comaundide Moises, to yyue a libel of forsakyng, and to leeue of?
- Wycliffe Bible

They say to him, `Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce, and to put her away?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 19:7

19:7 Why did Moses command - Christ replies, Moses permitted (not commanded) it, because of the hardness of your hearts - Because neither your fathers nor you could bear the more excellent way. #Deut 24:1 Matt 5:31|; Mark 10:2; Luke 16:18.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:7

Mt 19:7 Why did Moses then command? See De 24:1-4. They insinuate that he contradicts Moses.

Discussion for Matthew 19

  • Irene
    vs. 16- 22; the rich young ruler; such a sad life - to know the o.t. and to follow it and yet to (evidently?) not realize it all points to - Jesus; it all culminates in Him - and turn away from eternal life for - things of this life.
  • MockingBird for verse 19
    I will honor my parents in all even if I do not agree with what they do : They are my parents and I will respect and honor them : To love my neighbor as myself is hard sometimes : But it can be done : I have Holy Spirit within to help : In not doing these is great loss : In doing these , there is Great Blessings !!
  • Judy
    I don't believe in divorce.
  • SUNDAY CHUKWUEMEKA for verse 9
    Matthew19:9 is as clear as Jesus stated it. It means that a man cannot put away his wife unless on account of fornication. And under this condition, he can marry another woman without being guilty of adultery. But if he puts his wife away on any other condition different from fornication, he should remain unmarried in order to be free from condemnation. Note that Jesus used the words fornication and adultery interchangeably in the verse for those that want to complicate the matter more from there.
  • Jesus here described singleness as a gift. It can definitely be a gift when used in the right way. Jesus it the perfect example of one who used his singleness in the best way possible.
  • Shirley Jeffcoat for verse 9
    Fornication is two individuals not married to each other having sex. When Jesus said you can't put your wife away except fornication all this means, if your spouse cheats on you. You are no longer under the vow of marriage law. You are allow by God to divorce them. He is letting you know that is the only reason you can divorce and remarried any other way you are an alduterious. Marriage was meant until death so it should be taken seriously. Once you lay with someone else you have sinned against your own body and you twain is no longer one. So you have freed your spouse from marriage until death. You can forgive them but you don't have to continue living with them. So before you get married take a long look at that person beyond physical attraction lust ... and look deep in your heart to see if you are willing to spend the rest of your life with them. God word is true and will never fail.

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