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

  • Debbie
    Hi Sabra, I see 5v36 and 37 as let your yes be yes and no be no, not undesided, swayed, like a Reed blowing in the wind. And to be honest, not lie to one another.
  • Gregoire Adams
    Matthew 4: Did King Herod Have all of his Families children killed ?

    How old was Jesus ?
  • Steve morrow
    wayne - joyce - all MATTHEW 5:11 BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY FOR MY SAKE 1 COR 6:7 NOW THEREFORE THERE IS UTTERLY A FAULT AMONG YOU BECAUSE YOU GO TO LAW ONE WITH ANOTHER WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER TAKE WRONG WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER SUFFER YOURSELVES TO BE DEFRAUDED 2TIM2-12IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM .....
  • Bruce
    Sabra: when we were kids we would tell a story and swear by our mothers grave or that Lightning would strike us down, if it's a lie. I'll curse you with the fleas of a thousand camels if you don't believe me! Adults do the same. I swear I would never---! They say these things to make it more believable. That's what Peter was doing, not using foul language.
    We can just say yes or no.
  • Dewey J
    Hello, Sabra Matt.5:36 is by scripture that it is above mankind pay grade to sware by anything. V37 explains that fact. Which said, But let your words be Yea, yea; Nay, nay what is more than these is from evil DBT. The biblical experts say let the Bible interpret the Bible. Glory to GOD in the highest. Amen!
  • Sabra
    Explain Mathew 5:36 please

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