New American Standard Bible
And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,
King James Bible
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Darby Bible Translation
But he answering said to them, Have ye not read that he who made them, from the beginning made them male and female,
World English Bible
He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
Young's Literal Translation
And he answering said to them, 'Did ye not read, that He who made them, from the beginning a male and a female made them,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And he answered and said ... - Instead of referring to the opinions of either party, Jesus called their attention to the original design of marriage, to the authority of Moses an authority acknowledged by them both.
Have ye not read? - Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:21-22. "And said, For this cause," etc., Genesis 2:24. That is, God, at the beginning, made but one man and one woman: their posterity should learn that the original intention of marriage was that a man should have but one wife.
Shall leave his father and mother - This means, shall bind himself more strongly to his wife than he was to his father or mother. The marriage connection is the most tender and endearing of all human relations more tender than even that bond which unites us to a parent.
And shall cleave unto his wife - The word "cleave" denotes a union of the firmest kind. It is in the original taken from gluing, and means so firmly to adhere together that nothing can separate them.
They twain shall be one flesh - That is, they two, or they that were two, shall be united as one - one in law, in feeling, in interest, in affection. They shall no longer have separate interests, but shall act in all things as if they were one - animated by one soul and one wish. The argument of Jesus here is, that since they are so intimately united as to be one, and since in the beginning God made but one woman for one man, it follows that they cannot be separated but by the authority of God. Man may not put away his wife for every cause. What God has joined together man may not put asunder. In this decision he really decided in favor of one of the parties; and it shows that when it was proper, Jesus answered questions without regard to consequences, from whatever cause they might have been proposed, and however much difficulty it might involve him in. Our Lord, in this, also showed consummate wisdom. He answered the question, not from Hillel or Shammai, their teachers, but from Moses, and thus defeated their malice.
LibraryOn the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xix. 21,"Go, Sell that Thou Hast, and Give to the Poor," Etc.
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On the Words of the Gospel, "When Jesus had Finished These Sayings," Etc. --S. Matt. xix. 1
Eligius, Bishop of Noyon.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.
"But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.
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