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Mark 10:11

And he said unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another commits adultery against her.

Luke 16:18

Whosoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whosoever marries her that is put away of her husband commits adultery.

Mark 10:12

And if the woman shall put away her husband and be married to another, she commits adultery.

Jeremiah 3:1

They say, If a man puts away his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's, shall he return unto her again? Is she not a land that is now completely polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, said the LORD.

Leviticus 21:7

They shall not take a wife that is a whore or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband; for he is holy unto his God.

Leviticus 21:14

A widow or a divorced woman or profane or a harlot, these he shall not take, but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

Isaiah 54:6

For as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit has the LORD called thee, and as a young woman who is put away, said thy God.

Numbers 30:9

But every vow of a widow and of her that is divorced, with which they have bound their souls, shall stand.

Leviticus 22:13

But if the priest's daughter becomes a widow or divorced and has no child and is returned unto her father's house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father's bread; but no stranger shall eat thereof.

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Divorce » Forced on those who had idolatrous wives

Nehemiah 13:23

In those days I also saw Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab;

Ezra 10:2-17

Then Shechaniah, the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have rebelled against our God and have taken strange women of the peoples of the land, but there is yet hope for Israel concerning this thing. Now, therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to send away all the women and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of the Lord and of those that fear the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. Arise; for this matter belongs unto thee; we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. read more.
Then Ezra arose and made the princes of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel, swear that they should do according to this word. And they swore. Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Johanan, the son of Eliashib; and when he came there, he ate no bread, nor drank water; for he mourned because of the transgression of those that had been carried away. And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the sons of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and of the elders, all his substance should be forfeited and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away. Thus were all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month; and all the people sat in the plaza of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the rains. And Ezra, the priest, stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed because ye have taken strange women, thus increasing the guiltiness of Israel. Now, therefore, make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers and do his will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the lands and from the strange women. Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, Let it be done according to thy word. But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and there is no strength to stand in the street; neither is this a work of one day or two; for we are many that have transgressed in this thing. Let our rulers of all the congregation now stand, and let all those who have taken strange women in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of each city and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter is turned from us. Jonathan, the son of Asahel, and Jahaziah, the son of Tikvah, were placed over this matter; and Meshullam and Shabbethai, the Levites, helped them. And the sons of the captivity did so. And Ezra, the priest, and the men who were the heads of the fathers in the house of their fathers were separated, all of them by their names, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to inquire into the matter. And they finished, with all the men that had taken strange women by the first day of the first month.

Nehemiah 13:30

Thus I cleansed them from all strangers and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, each one in his work,

Divorce » Those who get divorced and remarry again

Matthew 5:31-32

It was also said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce; but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, except for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery.

Mark 10:11-12

And he said unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another commits adultery against her. And if the woman shall put away her husband and be married to another, she commits adultery.

Divorce » Why moses allowed divorce

Matthew 19:7-8

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a bill of divorce and to put her away? He said unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

Mark 10:2-6

And the Pharisees came to him and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce and to put her away. read more.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this commandment. But at the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Divorce » Forbidden » Except » Adultery

Divorce » Sought on slight grounds

Matthew 19:3

Then the Pharisees came unto him, tempting him and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for any cause?

Matthew 5:31

It was also said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce;

Divorce » Law of marriage against

Divorce » Women » Could obtain

Mark 10:12

And if the woman shall put away her husband and be married to another, she commits adultery.

Divorce » Illustrative of God's casting off of the jewish church

Isaiah 50:1

Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities ye are sold, and for your rebellions was your mother put away,

Jeremiah 3:8

And I saw when for all the causes by which rebellious Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce; yet her rebellious sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.

Divorce » Of servants, regulated by law

Exodus 21:7

And if a man should sell his daughter to be a maidslave, she shall not go out as the menslaves do.

Exodus 21:11

And if he does not do these three things unto her, then shall she go out free without money.

Divorce » Women » Afflicted by

Isaiah 54:4

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Isaiah 54:6

For as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit has the LORD called thee, and as a young woman who is put away, said thy God.

Divorce » Figurative

Isaiah 50:1

Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities ye are sold, and for your rebellions was your mother put away,

Jeremiah 3:8

And I saw when for all the causes by which rebellious Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce; yet her rebellious sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.

Isaiah 54:4

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Divorce » Often sought by the jews

Micah 2:9

Ye have cast the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their children ye have taken away my continual praise.

Divorce » Not getting divorced

1 Corinthians 7:10-11

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife separate from her husband; and if she separates, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife.

Divorce » Not allowed to those who falsely accused their wives

Deuteronomy 22:18-19

Then the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them unto the father of the damsel because he has brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel; and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

Divorce » Of captives, regulated by law

Deuteronomy 21:13-14

and she shall put off the clothing of her captivity and shall remain in thine house and bewail her father and her mother a full month, and after that thou shalt go in unto her and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go free, but thou shalt not sell her at all for money; thou shalt not make merchandise of her because thou hast humbled her.

Divorce » Women » Married after, could not return to first husband

Deuteronomy 24:3-4

And if the latter husband hates her and writes her a bill of divorce and gives it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband who took her to be his wife dies, her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she is defiled, for that is abomination before the LORD; and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance.

Divorce » The requirements of divorcement

Deuteronomy 24:1-4

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her; then let him write her a bill of divorce and give it in her hand and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife. And if the latter husband hates her and writes her a bill of divorce and gives it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband who took her to be his wife dies, read more.
her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she is defiled, for that is abomination before the LORD; and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God gives thee for an inheritance.

Divorce » Permitted » By the mosaic law

Deuteronomy 24:1

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her; then let him write her a bill of divorce and give it in her hand and send her out of his house.

Divorce » Women » Could marry after

Divorce » Priests not to marry women after

Leviticus 21:14

A widow or a divorced woman or profane or a harlot, these he shall not take, but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

Divorce » Jews condemned for love of

Malachi 2:14-16

Yet ye say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously; yet she is thy companion and the wife of thy covenant. And did he not make one, having in himself abundance of the Spirit? And why one? That he might seek offspring of God. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. He that rejects her, sending her away, said the LORD God of Israel, covers the violence with his garment, said the LORD of the hosts; therefore take heed in your spirit, and do not be treacherous.

Divorce » Prohibition of, offended the jews

Divorce » Permitted » On account of hardness of heart

Divorce » Women » Responsible for vows after

Numbers 30:9

But every vow of a widow and of her that is divorced, with which they have bound their souls, shall stand.

Divorce » Disobedience of the wife to the husband, a sufficient cause for, in the persian empire

Esther 1:10-22

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven eunuchs that served in the presence of Ahasuerus, the king, to bring Vashti, the queen, before the king with the crown of the kingdom, to show the people and the princes her beauty, for she was fair to behold. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's word by his eunuchs; therefore, the king was very wroth, and his anger burned in him. read more.
Then the king asked the wise men, who knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew about the law and rights, and the next to him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king's face, and who sat first in the kingdom;) What shall we do unto Queen Vashti according to law because she has not performed the decree of King Ahasuerus by the eunuchs? And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti, the queen, has not only committed iniquity against the king, but also against all the princes and against all the people that are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall be known abroad unto all the women so that they shall despise their husbands, saying, King Ahasuerus commanded Vashti, the queen, to be brought in before him, but she did not come. And now the princesses of Persia and Media who have heard of the deed of the queen shall say this unto all the king's princes, and there shall be much contempt and wrath. If it pleases the king, let there go forth a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it not be altered, That Vashti come no more before King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And this sentence which the king shall make shall be heard throughout all his empire, although it is great, and all the wives shall give their husbands honour, from the greatest to the least. And this word pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan; for he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, saying, That every man should bear rule in his own house and that it should be published according to the language of every people.

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Luke 16:18

Whosoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whosoever marries her that is put away of her husband commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:27

Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.

Ezra 10:3

Now, therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to send away all the women and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of the Lord and of those that fear the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

Matthew 5:31

It was also said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce;

Deuteronomy 24:1

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her; then let him write her a bill of divorce and give it in her hand and send her out of his house.

More verses: Jeremiah 3:1 Matthew 19:7

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Luke 16:18

Whosoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whosoever marries her that is put away of her husband commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:27

Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.

Ezra 10:3

Now, therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to send away all the women and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of the Lord and of those that fear the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

Matthew 5:31

It was also said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce;

Deuteronomy 24:1

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her; then let him write her a bill of divorce and give it in her hand and send her out of his house.

More verses: Jeremiah 3:1 Matthew 19:7

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Actual Divorces

Ezra 10:11

Now, therefore, make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers and do his will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the lands and from the strange women.

Bills Of Divorce

Deuteronomy 24:1

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her; then let him write her a bill of divorce and give it in her hand and send her out of his house.

Certificate of divorce

Mark 10:4

And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.

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Mark 10:4

And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.