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Bible Verses About Divorce: 22 Helpful Scriptures

I always found it interesting that one of the first things God was concerned about after creation was that we were not in life alone.  In Genesis 2:18, God said, It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  So in addition to creating the heavens and the earth and all the animals and finally man; God created marriage [1] for the man and the woman.  This early picture in the garden shows how much God loves and cares for us.  Unfortunately, the fall of man was right around the corner in Genesis 3.  Things would never be the same.  One area where we can clearly see the effects of sin is in the marriage relationship.  Divorce is very common today even to people that go to church and are believing Christians.  The topic of divorce has many passages that we can look to for answers about when divorce is allowed, what happens when a spouse dies, and even what did Jesus have to say about divorce while he was here on this earth.  If you are reading this article you have probably been affected by divorce either by your own personal divorce or by the divorce of someone close to you.  Consider these verses…

Bible Quotes Containing Word Divorce

Deuteronomy 22:19 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.

Deuteronomy 22:29 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.

Jeremiah 3:1 “If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her?

Malachi 2:16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, 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.”

Matthew 1:19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

Mark 10:2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

1Corinthians 7:11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

Bible Verses About Divorce [2]

Matthew 5:31 It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

Scriptures Talking About A “Certificate (or Decree) of Divorce”

Deuteronomy 24:1-3 “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,

Isaiah. 50:1 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.

Jeremiah 3:8 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.

Matthew 5:31  It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

Matthew 19:7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”

Mark 10:4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”

Jesus Explains Why Divorce is Allowed

Matthew 19:8 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.

Matthew 19:9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Verses Where The Woman is Not To Divorce Because Their Spouse is an Unbeliever

1Corinthians 7:12 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.

1Corinthians 7:13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.

Bible Verses Where A Wife is Freed From Marriage Because of Death

Romans 7:2 For 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.

1Corinthians 7:39 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.

Jesus Talks About When Divorce is Adultery (The same thought repeated by 3 of the Gospel Writers)

Matthew 5:32 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.

Mark 10:11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Luke 16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The topic of divorce will always be a hotly debated subject.  It is sad that such a large percentage of marriages will end in divorce.  Jesus clearly allows for divorce under certain conditions but it is always important to recognize that divorce was never the intention or the will of God [3] for His people.  Maybe you are reading today and considering a divorce; if this is the case I would encourage to seek wise counsel.  A great place to find great Biblical advice is from the pastor from a local church that teaches the Bible accurately.  Most pastors would love to listen to you and try to help you.  Maybe there will be a hope of reconciliation for you and your marriage.  Divorce affects both spouses, any kids that may be involved, and even both families that are involved.  My prayer for you this day is for healing for your marriage as you seek the will of God for your life.

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