New Living Translation
"You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.'
King James Bible
It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Darby Bible Translation
It has been said too, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a letter of divorce.
World English Bible
"It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'
Young's Literal Translation
'And it was said, That whoever may put away his wife, let him give to her a writing of divorce;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:31 Let him give her a writing of divorce - Which the scribes and Pharisees allowed men to do on any trifling occasion. Deut 24:1; Matt 19:7; Mark 10:2; Luke 16:18.
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'Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.'--MATT. v. 6. Two preliminary remarks will give us the point of view from which I desire to consider these words now. First, we have seen, in previous sermons, that these paradoxes of the Christian life which we call the Beatitudes are a linked chain, or, rather, an outgrowth from a common root. Each presupposes all the preceding. Now, of course, it is a mistake to expect uniformity in the process of building …
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"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.
But if the second husband also turns against her and divorces her, or if he dies,
"If a man divorces a woman and she goes and marries someone else, he will not take her back again, for that would surely corrupt the land. But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, so why are you trying to come back to me?" says the LORD.
"For I hate divorce!" says the LORD, the God of Israel. "To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. "So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife."
Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?"
"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."
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