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

  • Moises Godinez
    is it possible Jesus referred to a marriage that caused husband
  • 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.
  • God is very clear! Homosexuality violates His Holy word.
  • Jesus said fornication, sex outside of marriage he didn 't say adultery because he told us that if you lust for another woman in your heart you committed adultery. I think he might be quite literal here. If one spouse has fornicates then the other spouse can put her away. I would like to see a greek bible on this.
  • John madden for verse 29
    Thiers no guarantee that our conversion will affect any of these folks mentioned .but it could but also some have been under persuction that have been by those in thier own house hold.some times our relations to god has a adverse affect up on our familys although we would want them saved thats our hope
  • "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female 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. " Mathew 19:4. This, I believe, says it all. And woe be to them who disobeys God. And yet,Justice Roberts and the other Justices think they will get away with disobeying God 's directives? Woe be to them!

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