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 for Matthew 5:32

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 for Matthew 5:32

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:32

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

Discussion for Matthew 5:32

  • BSP on Matthew 5:32
    Verses 11 and 12 show that we can even rejoice when persecuted if it is for Jesus' name sake. When we endure persecution with joy and keep our integrity, we gain a victory.
  • Roseanne Potter on Matthew 5:32
    If you can divorce because of adultery can the one who did not commit adultery get married again?
  • Greg - in Reply on Matthew 5:32

    Jesus allowed divorce based upon fornication, which gives the injured party the right to re-marry again.
  • CHRISTIAN DIVORCE - in Reply on Matthew 5:32
    I always ask that a person see their Pastor for some counseling if it's available now (with some churches closed). Divorce is a hard issue for Christians. I do know it's really hard on the children. Culture doesn't always consider what's best for them in this situation.

    Do not tell them who the guilty party is!! Let them love each parent without having to blame one or the other.

    There are reasons why God gave man/woman these rules for marriage and divorce. He's on yours and the kids side.

    Deuteronomy 34:1-4, is the Law;

    1 Corinthians 7, is in the period of grace.

    Read both when you are calm. Pray much.

    Deuteronomy 34:1-4 (tap the link)

    When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

    And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

    And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

    Her former husband, which sent her away, may NOT take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.


    You see the seriousness? The children are not to know of "adult issues". No sleepovers, no romantic displays in front of them. It messes with their emotions seriously, and they will have lifelong trust issues.

  • Chris Ryska - in Reply on Matthew 5:32
    Back then when a woman was betrothed to someone it was more than just an engagement. In this case, a man could not have to follow through and consummate the marriage, but could put her away. Joseph and Mary are a good example. Joseph was going to put her away because she was found with child. Because once you go into her and become one flesh, there's no divorce and remarriage. It's that simple.
  • Joe on 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 on Matthew 5:32
    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.
  • Buzz on Matthew 5:32
    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.
  • Angel on Matthew 5:32
    My thoughts on the matter is; God create woman for man,therefore man is held accountable for not taking his place as man.
  • Steven on Matthew 5:32
    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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