Matthew 19:7
Good News Translation
The Pharisees asked him, "Why, then, did Moses give the law for a man to hand his wife a divorce notice and send her away?"

Contemporary English Version
The Pharisees asked Jesus, "Why did Moses say a man could write out divorce papers and send his wife away?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?

New American Bible
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?”

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?

Why.

Matthew 5:31 And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 If a man take a wife, and have her, and she find not favour in his eyes, for some uncleanness: he shall write a bill of divorce, and shall give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. . . .

Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the Lord: What is this bill of the divorce of your mother, with which I have put her away? or who is my creditor, to whom I sold you: behold you are sold for your iniquities, and for your wicked deeds have I put your mother away.

Jeremiah 3:8 That because the rebellious Israel had played the harlot, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce: yet her treacherous sister Juda was not afraid, but went and played the harlot also herself.

Mark 10:4 Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.

and to.

Matthew 1:19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.

Malachi 2:16 When thou shalt hate her put her away, saith the Lord, the God of Israel: but iniquity shalt cover his garment, saith the Lord of hosts, keep your spirit, and despise not.

Context
Teachings about Divorce
6Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. 7They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? 8He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 24:1
If a man take a wife, and have her, and she find not favour in his eyes, for some uncleanness: he shall write a bill of divorce, and shall give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

Matthew 5:31
And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.

Matthew 19:6
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Matthew 19:8
He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Additional Translations
“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses order a man to give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

They say to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce and to send her away?"

They say to him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorce, and to put her away?

They say unto him, Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?

They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send [her] away?

They say unto him, Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?

They say to him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

"Why then," said they, "did Moses command the husband to give her 'a written notice of divorce,' and so put her away?"

They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"

They say to him, 'Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce, and to put her away?'
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