22 Bible Verses About Divorce (ESV)

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  1. Deuteronomy 22:19 - "and they shall fine him a..."
  2. Deuteronomy 22:29 - "then the man who lay with..."
  3. Jeremiah 3:1 - ""If a man divorces his wife..."
  4. Mark 10:2 - "And Pharisees came up and in..."
  5. Matthew 1:19 - "And her husband Joseph, being a..."
  6. Malachi 2:16 - ""For the man who hates and..."
  7. 1 Corinthians 7:11 - "(but if she does, she should..."
  8. Deuteronomy 24:1-3 - ""When a man takes a wife..."
  9. Isaiah. 50:1 - "Thus says the LORD: "Where is..."
  10. Jeremiah 3:8 - "She saw that for all the..."
  11. Matthew 5:31 - ""It was also said, 'Whoever divorces..."
  12. Matthew 19:7 - "They said to him, "Why then..."
  13. Mark 10:4 - "They said, "Moses allowed a man..."
  14. Matthew 19:8 - "He said to them, "Because of..."
  15. Matthew 19:9 - "And I say to you: whoever..."
  16. 1 Corinthians 7:12 - "To the rest I say (I,..."
  17. Romans 7:2 - "Thus a married woman is bound..."
  18. 1 Corinthians 7:13 - "If any woman has a husband..."
  19. 1 Corinthians 7:39 - "A wife is bound to her..."
  20. Matthew 5:32 - "But I say to you that..."
  21. Mark 10:11 - "And he said to them, "Whoever..."
  22. Luke 16:18 - ""Everyone who divorces his wife and..."

1. Deuteronomy 22:19

19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days.

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2. Deuteronomy 22:29

29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.

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3. Jeremiah 3:1

1 "If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD.

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4. Mark 10:2

2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

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5. Matthew 1:19

19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

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6. Malachi 2:16

16 "For the man who hates and divorces, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless."

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7. 1 Corinthians 7:11

11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

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8. Deuteronomy 24:1-3

1 "When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, 2 and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, 3 and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife,

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9. Isaiah. 50:1

1 Thus says the LORD: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.

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10. Jeremiah 3:8

8 She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.

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11. Matthew 5:31

31 "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'

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12. Matthew 19:7

7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?"

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13. Mark 10:4

4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."

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14. Matthew 19:8

8 He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

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15. Matthew 19:9

9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."

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16. 1 Corinthians 7:12

12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.

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17. Romans 7:2

2 Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.

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18. 1 Corinthians 7:13

13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.

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19. 1 Corinthians 7:39

39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

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20. Matthew 5:32

32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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21. Mark 10:11

11 And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,

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22. Luke 16:18

18 "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

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Table of Contents

  1. Deuteronomy 22:19
  2. Deuteronomy 22:29
  3. Deuteronomy 24:1-3
  4. Isaiah. 50:1
  5. Jeremiah 3:1
  6. Jeremiah 3:8
  7. Malachi 2:16
  8. Matthew 1:19
  9. Matthew 5:31
  10. Matthew 5:32
  11. Matthew 19:7
  12. Matthew 19:8
  13. Matthew 19:9
  14. Mark 10:2
  15. Mark 10:4
  16. Mark 10:11
  17. Luke 16:18
  18. Romans 7:2
  19. 1 Corinthians 7:11
  20. 1 Corinthians 7:12
  21. 1 Corinthians 7:13
  22. 1 Corinthians 7:39

Deuteronomy 22:19

19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days.

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Deuteronomy 22:29

29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.

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Deuteronomy 24:1-3

1 "When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, 2 and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, 3 and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife,

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Isaiah. 50:1

1 Thus says the LORD: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.

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Jeremiah 3:1

1 "If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD.

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Jeremiah 3:8

8 She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.

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Malachi 2:16

16 "For the man who hates and divorces, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless."

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Matthew 1:19

19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

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Matthew 5:31

31 "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'

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Matthew 5:32

32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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Matthew 19:7

7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?"

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Matthew 19:8

8 He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

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Matthew 19:9

9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."

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Mark 10:2

2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

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Mark 10:4

4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."

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Mark 10:11

11 And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,

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Luke 16:18

18 "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

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Romans 7:2

2 Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.

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1 Corinthians 7:11

11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

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1 Corinthians 7:12

12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.

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1 Corinthians 7:13

13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.

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1 Corinthians 7:39

39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

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