3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wifeu for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’a v 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’b?w 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”x
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”y
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