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

  • 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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