Matthew 19:8

“He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee saith vnto them, Moses, because of the hardnesse of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wiues: but from the beginning it was not so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He *said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He saith unto them, Moses for your hardness of heart suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it hath not been so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He says to them, Moses, because of your hard hearts, let you put away your wives: but it has not been so from the first.
- Basic English Bible

He says to them, Moses, in view of your hardheartedness, allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not thus.
- Darby Bible

He saith to them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
- Webster's Bible

Moses, He replied, "in consideration of the hardness of your nature permitted you to put away your wives, but it has not been so from the beginning.
- Weymouth Bible

He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.
- World English Bible

And he seide to hem, For Moises, for the hardnesse of youre herte, suffride you leeue youre wyues; but fro the bigynnyng it was not so.
- Wycliffe Bible

He saith to them -- `Moses for your stiffness of heart did suffer you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it hath not been so.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:8


Mt 19:8 Moses, for the hardness of your heart. Moses "suffered" some things that were not right on account of "the hardness of your heart", a low state of morals. A people cannot be lifted from moral depravity to a high standard at once. Hence the law permitted some things that were below the perfect standard of Christ. From the beginning. In the beginning there was no divorce and no polygamy. The first polygamist was the race of Cain (Ge 4:19).

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