New American Standard Bible
They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"
King James Bible
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
Darby Bible Translation
They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send her away?
World English Bible
They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
Young's Literal Translation
They say to him, 'Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce, and to put her away?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Why did Moses ... - To this they objected that Moses had allowed such divorces Deuteronomy 24:1; and if he had allowed them, they inferred that they could not be unlawful. See the notes at Matthew 5:31.
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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.
"When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house,
"It was said, 'WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE';
"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.
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