New Living Translation
"Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. Having discovered something wrong with her, he writes her a letter of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house.
King James Bible
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.
Darby Bible Translation
When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, it shall be if she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a letter of divorce, and give it into her hand, and send her out of his house.
World English Bible
When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
Young's Literal Translation
When a man doth take a wife, and hath married her, and it hath been, if she doth not find grace in his eyes (for he hath found in her nakedness of anything), and he hath written for her a writing of divorce, and given it into her hand, and sent her out of his house,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
24:1 Some uncleanness - Some hateful thing, some distemper of body or quality of mind not observed before marriage: or some light carriage, as this phrase commonly signifies, but not amounting to adultery. Let him write - This is not a command as some of the Jews understood it, nor an allowance and approbation, but merely a permission of that practice for prevention of greater mischiefs, and this only until the time of reformation, till the coming of the Messiah when things were to return to their first institution and purest condition.
Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
"You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.'
"Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?" they asked.
"Well, he permitted it," they replied. "He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away."
But Jesus responded, "He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts.
"Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. "Suppose a man's wife goes astray, and she is unfaithful to her husband
But if she has not defiled herself and is pure, then she will be unharmed and will still be able to have children.
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