Matthew 19:9

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And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Matthew 19:9

And I say vnto you, Whosoeuer shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away, doth commit adultery.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I say to you, Whoever puts away his wife for any other cause than the loss of her virtue, and takes another, is a false husband: and he who takes her as his wife when she is put away, is no true husband to her.
- Basic English Bible

But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, not for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and he who marries one put away commits adultery.
- Darby Bible

And I say to you, Whoever shall put away his wife, except for lewdness, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoever marrieth her who is put away, committeth adultery.
- Webster's Bible

And I tell you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except her unfaithfulness, and marries another woman, commits adultery."
- Weymouth Bible

I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery."
- World English Bible

And Y seie to you, that who euer leeueth his wijf, but for fornycacioun, and weddith another, doith letcherie; and he that weddith the forsakun wijf, doith letcherie.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And I say to you, that, whoever may put away his wife, if not for whoredom, and may marry another, doth commit adultery; and he who did marry her that hath been put away, doth commit adultery.'
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for Matthew 19:9

19:9 And I say to you - I revoke that indulgence from this day, so that from henceforth, Whosoever, &c.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:9

Mt 19:9 I say unto you. We have here Christ's law of divorce in contrast with that of Moses. Except [it be] for fornication. There is only one sufficient cause of divorce; that is, unfaithfulness to the marriage relation. Committeth adultery. Because he is married still to his former wife, who is still his wife in spite of the divorce; so, too, if any man marries the divorced woman, he marries another man's wife.


Comments for Matthew 19:9

SUNDAY CHUKWUEMEKA's comment on 2015-08-26 06:38:16:

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.


Shirley Jeffcoat's comment on 2015-08-16 10:16:20:

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.


Becky's comment on 2015-07-14 01:18:29:

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.


HUMANI MULAUDZI's comment on 2013-11-21 00:16:12:

this simply shows that when we are married the is no divorce. divorce we find it when the is fornication and in marride people the is no fornication but adultry. this is simply saying no divorce and remembere GOD hate divorce.


Ahadzi Joseph's comment on 2013-11-13 07:31:20:

its a great advice to every christian in a society


Valerie Sadler's comment on 2013-03-13 11:23:55:

This by far is the most complex phrase in all of scripture. It seems to totally contradict forgiveness, it does not allow for extenuating circumstances, and is paradoxical to GOD's example of forgiving and reconciling of Israel after her harlotry in the wake of HIS pain.


Judith Brumbaugh's comment on 2010-08-08 12:53:58:

Rarely can one find an accurate, contextual commentary on Matthew 19:9. You've done a great job of pulling from the many man-inspired wrongly interpretations which attempt to change God's perspective on one-flesh marriage from "until death do you part" to "until I find whatever excuse my flesh wants to use" to express Satan's unchanging question posed in Genesis 3:1: "Yea, hath God said ..." We have a booklet that expands on the questions raised about Matthew 19:9 called "What is a Wife?" that can lend even more Scriptural perspective to this "thorny" issue. Restoration of the


Cb Casserly's comment on 2010-06-04 23:31:10:

Jesus is talking to the espoused or rather the engaged when he speaks of "fonication". Just like how Mary was considered Joseph's wife even though they were not yet married. So the engaged man can put away his wife if it is found that she is not pure ( not a virgin). Thus, it is safe to say that she has committed fornication. Fornication is a forbidden sexual act between the unmarried. To the married he simply says remain married because you have passed the stage (espoused/engaged stage) to put away your spouse.


Ralph De Jesus's comment on 2010-01-10 13:18:16:

Jesus is commanding married couples not to divorce , but if they are single and living together (committing fornication ) they may break their union with each other to marry another legally .


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