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 5:31

  • Chelsea for verse 31
    I was forced into divorce because of adultery. It is passages such as Matthew 5:31, that help me with deal with the daily spiritual fight of being divorced.
  • I think it speaks. It is a light in the dark. It tells the truth. It is a shame that either side would put away the other. I think it happens now a days more to males then females. No with womens lib women have the legal athourity to put their husbands away.

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