Matthew 5:31

“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It hath beene said, Whosoeuer shall put away his wife, let him giue her a writing of diuorcement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"It was said, 'WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE';
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Again, it was said, Whoever puts away his wife has to give her a statement in writing for this purpose:
- Basic English Bible

It has been said too, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a letter of divorce.
- Darby Bible

It hath been said, Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
- Webster's Bible

It was also said, `If any man puts away his wife, let him give her a written notice of divorce.'
- Weymouth Bible

It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'
- World English Bible

And it hath be seyd, Who euere leeueth his wijf, yyue he to hir a libel of forsakyng.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And it was said, That whoever may put away his wife, let him give to her a writing of divorce;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:31


5:31 Let him give her a writing of divorce - Which the scribes and Pharisees allowed men to do on any trifling occasion. #Deut 24:1; Matt 19:7; Mark 10:2; Luke 16:18|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:31


Mt 5:31,32 Whosoever shall put away his wife. The divorce laws were very lax among the Jews. A man could put away his wife "for any cause" (Mt 19:8). Moses directed a legal letter of divorcement (De 24:1). Christ positively forbids divorce except for unchastity. Marriage is a divine institution, and the obligation is for life (Mt 19:3-9; Ro 7:1-3 1Co 7:10-17).

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Olawale
    It Gives Clear Understanding On How To Live A Life Acceptable Before God
  • O'Shen Robinson-Barefield
    This is amazing, after being baptized, tempted by the devil while fasting, this is the first thing he had to say after coming out of the wilderness. These are all commandments and revelation of the kingdom of heaven to men. We see here that righteousness is more than being good and treating other good people well. But righteousness is loving, forgiving, and serving those we feel don't deserve it.
  • Patsarks7460@yahoo.com
    I Believe the word of God over anything or anyone Be blessed and saved through our savior who has washed me in the Blood of the Lamb .I would be going to hell if not forgiven of my sins
  • Ray Carver
    Great teaching from our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Geraldine cole
    Let get this understanding John 10 verse 30 tells us what Jesus said about what Jesus Said about. His Father he said he and his Father was one they are one because Jesus is God son.and it goes like this God the Father Jesus the Son and the Holy Ghost now the holy Ghost is what Jesus said he left here for those that are his if U have received the holy Ghost which he left as a gift so pray received
  • Fred fiore
    What beautiful teachings of holiness Christ revealed to the crowd and the boldness he proclaimed to the Scribes and Pharisees about the life of a follower of Christ. It is holiness or hell regardless of our thoughts and we can live perfect through obedience to His Word. Rightly dividing what being perfect is has always been controversial. Yes we can be overcome but we do not continue in sin.

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