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

  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • Roy Gilcrease
    Christ is different he is not a sinner , it is by Christ Acts 4 and 12 are we saved (we must in order to be saved be one with him (Married) he leads we follow even when I preach the Gospel it is the mind of Christ that is preached (holy and acceptable unto God) he suffered and conquering death (the second death) Hell and the Grave Christians are buried by baptism in him 1 resurrection His I am in.
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?

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