“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:”
King James Version (KJV)
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|.
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).