Matthew 5:32

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I say vnto you, that whosoeuer shall put away his wife, sauing for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoeuer shall marie her that is diuorced, committeth adulterie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for {the} reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife for any other cause but the loss of her virtue, makes her false to her husband; and whoever takes her as his wife after she is put away, is no true husband to her.
- Basic English Bible

But *I* say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except for cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery, and whosoever marries one that is put away commits adultery.
- Darby Bible

But I say to you, That whoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of lewdness, causeth her to commit adultery: and whoever shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery.
- Webster's Bible

But I tell you that every man who puts away his wife except on the ground of unfaithfulness causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries her when so divorced commits adultery.
- Weymouth Bible

but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.
- World English Bible

But Y seie to you, that euery man that leeueth his wijf, outtakun cause of fornycacioun, makith hir to do letcherie, and he that weddith the forsakun wijf, doith auowtrye.
- Wycliffe Bible

but I -- I say to you, that whoever may put away his wife, save for the matter of whoredom, doth make her to commit adultery; and whoever may marry her who hath been put away doth commit adultery.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:32

5:32 Causeth her to commit adultery - If she marry again.

Discussion for Matthew 5:32

  • Christ Jesus makes it clear that if a married women is put away she cant remarry under any circumstance,unless she becomes a widow. A woman should choose her husband wisely,a women should marry a man she feels will love her as he loves his self,and cherish her.
  • J A Shirley for verse 32
    First, fornication, as used in the scripture in both old and new Testaments, references any and all type of sexual immortality and impurity as well as having spiritual implications: adultery also has a spiritual implication but throughout the word of God refers to violation of the matrimonial bond instituted by God himself. According to the Word of God there is no acceptable reason for divorce which God also called "putting away ", the two are the same . Neither this passage nor Paul 's writings, concerning the unbeliever, authorizes or justifies divorce nor does any passage justify marrying another after divorcing. The passage being discussed is actually relieving the some guilt on the part of the injured spouse. That is to say, If one puts away their spouse because their spouse is already a fornicator, the putting away does not make the spouse what they already are. This passage does clearly state that if the one put away marries another that is continual adultery. Likewise, if the one who did the putting away marries another that also is continual adultery. The eth suffix gives the word a present future tense, meaning that so long as the circumstances stay the same the resultant action of those circumstances stays the same. And, I remind you that all adulterers shall have their place in hell.
  • I have a friend that went through a very harsh and abusive marriage and edured things that no woman should have to go through. Through out all of it she stayed true to the bible and remained married until he walk out on her, drained the bank accounts, then told her to go out and find a job to support two children one being two and the other being 2 months old at the time. This eventually resulted in a divorce and restraining orders against the husband because of numerous calls texts that had extremely threatening threats used, and also the continues stalking that nearly drove her to her breaking point. A year and a half later there is a man that has came into her life and has brought here back to the women that she use to be, and has also been trying to get here back in touch with Christ. Now the X is saying that he is a changed man and wants so badly to reconcile his marriage and claims that he is a changed man now that this other man has stepped into her life. "Right before he came into the picture the x would tear her down every chance he got and that was just several months ago " He aslo has lied and tried to manipulate every one that is connected to her new boy friend trying to break them apart. Which also shows that he is still the same man he was and has not changed one iota! So is it alright for this woman to try and find some one that can take care of here and move on or is it still considered adultery if she would remarry?
  • It was not translated properly from the original Greek.
    "put away" didn't mean divoce, it meant to dismiss or abandon for no good reason. Jesus is saying, if you do, then give her a certificate of divorce so she or he can go and re-marry. That way there is no adultery. Jesus meant that the put away spouse is still married and thus cannot re-marry until legally divorced. Anyone back then commiting adultery or fornication while married would have been stoned to death anyway.
    the original Greek used two different words for "put away" and "divorce" and they were not translated properly.
  • My thoughts on the matter is; God create woman for man,therefore man is held accountable for not taking his place as man.
  • I think, Jesus is being pretty clear.... He says to the woman caught in adultery, "your sins are forgiven", He says to the man, " If you look with lust youve committed adultery" We are all adulterers in the flesh, but thanks be to God, our sins are forgiven and we are white as snow. Thanks be to God we are free and not bound. May we Love one another as Christ has loved us, and be willing to lose our lives for our brothers and sisters. Sometimes that may mean having to walk away.

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