Matthew 19:9

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 Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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.

Discussion for Matthew 19

  • BSP
    Jesus referred to singleness as a gift in verses 11 and 12. If we use our lives wisely while single, this can be a real gift.
  • Connie Snyder for verse 7
    Moses is commanding here. God is the only commander unless, Moses referred to God 's laws of sacred scripture to the couple.if their heart 's were hard, as the bible words it, that doesn 't warrant a divorce. Or are they hard with the lord?
  • Shara white
    I was reading a reply that says god only allows divorce when a man or woman commits adultery and I agree but it 's not the only reason,,, god allows divorce if the spouse harden his or her heart and also if the spouse is abusive to his or her spouse ....i don 't believe for a minute that god intends for a man or woman to remain in an abusive relationship and especially if a man is being combative with a woman just because they are married when the bible clearly states that husbands should love their wives and not be bitter towards them
  • Lawrence for verse 14
    children don 't doubt parents and do have faith in what they don 't see so is we adults to Christ .Children love and where love is no sin therefore the kingdom is for them and us born of him by regeneration and we are his children for the kingdom is in us.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Nick, if those in heaven did not have "free will ", satan would still be there! Verse 9 says "fornication " is the only acceptable cause of divorce and if a man divorce his wife without this cause and she remarries, she has sinned and the man caused it by putting her away, i.e. divorcing her.
  • Nick o demus for verse 14
    Could all you be blind, surely he is telling you that this is the mentality of those in paradise. No cares, worries, needs, wants or free will, you will be like children !

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