Jesus left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, â€˜Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?â€™ He answered them, â€˜What did Moses command you?â€™ They said, â€˜Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.â€™ But Jesus said to them, â€˜Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, â€œGod made them male and female.â€ â€œFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.â€ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.â€™
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, â€˜Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.