God, On Divorce

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A friend of mine recently asked me about God’s thoughts on divorce. I figured I should do some research, so here’s a (partial) list of the passages I’ve found that use the word in the NIV.

* Leviticus 21:7-15 “[Priests] must not marry women… divorced from their husbands”
* Numbers 30:9-12 “Any vow or obligation taken by a… divorced woman will be binding on her.”
* Deuteronomy 22:13-29 “If a man takes a wife… and slanders her… he must not divorce her as long as he lives.”
* Deuteronomy 24:1-4 “If a man… writes her a certificate of divorce… her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce… her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her.”
* Malachi 2:13-16 “do not break faith with the wife of your youth… ‘I hate divorce'”
* Matthew 5:31-32 “anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress”
* Matthew 19:3-12 “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?… what God has joined together, let man not separate… did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce… Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard.”
* Mark 10:2-12 “Is it lawful for a man to divorce[?]… because your hearts were hard… Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her… if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
* Luke 16:16-18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
* 1 Corinthians 7:8-16 “A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife… If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him… But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so.”
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