Matthew 5:32


“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 5:32

“But I say vnto you, that whosoeuer shall put away his wife, sauing for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoeuer shall marie her that is diuorced, committeth adulterie.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 5

“but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for {the} reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife for any other cause but the loss of her virtue, makes her false to her husband; and whoever takes her as his wife after she is put away, is no true husband to her.”
Basic English Bible

“But *I* say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except for cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery, and whosoever marries one that is put away commits adultery.”
Darby Bible

“But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“But I say to you, That whoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of lewdness, causeth her to commit adultery: and whoever shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery. ”
Webster's Bible

“But I tell you that every man who puts away his wife except on the ground of unfaithfulness causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries her when so divorced commits adultery.”
Weymouth Bible

“but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.”
World English Bible

“But Y seie to you, that euery man that leeueth his wijf, outtakun cause of fornycacioun, makith hir to do letcherie, and he that weddith the forsakun wijf, doith auowtrye.”
Wycliffe Bible

“but I -- I say to you, that whoever may put away his wife, save for the matter of whoredom, doth make her to commit adultery; and whoever may marry her who hath been put away doth commit adultery.”
Youngs Literal Bible


Chris Ryska's comment on 2020-09-10 19:19:35:

Back then when a woman was betrothed to someone it was more than just an engagement. In this case, a man could not have to follow through and consummate the marriage, but could put her away. Joseph and Mary are a good example. Joseph was going to put her away because she was found with child. Because once you go into her and become one flesh, there's no divorce and remarriage. It's that simple.


BSP's comment on 2020-08-31 06:58:47:

Verses 11 and 12 show that we can even rejoice when persecuted if it is for Jesus' name sake. When we endure persecution with joy and keep our integrity, we gain a victory.


Greg's comment on 2020-07-21 04:03:56:


Jesus allowed divorce based upon fornication, which gives the injured party the right to re-marry again.


CHRISTIAN DIVORCE's comment on 2020-07-20 19:20:18:

I always ask that a person see their Pastor for some counseling if it's available now (with some churches closed). Divorce is a hard issue for Christians. I do know it's really hard on the children. Culture doesn't always consider what's best for them in this situation.

Do not tell them who the guilty party is!! Let them love each parent without having to blame one or the other.

There are reasons why God gave man/woman these rules for marriage and divorce. He's on yours and the kids side.

Deuteronomy 34:1-4, is the Law;

1 Corinthians 7, is in the period of grace.

Read both when you are calm. Pray much.

Deuteronomy 34:1-4 (tap the link)

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, 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 hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

Her former husband, which sent her away, may NOT take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.


You see the seriousness? The children are not to know of "adult issues". No sleepovers, no romantic displays in front of them. It messes with their emotions seriously, and they will have lifelong trust issues.



Roseanne Potter's comment on 2020-07-20 13:40:16:

If you can divorce because of adultery can the one who did not commit adultery get married again?


joe's comment on 2015-10-03 09:40:32:

Christ Jesus makes it clear that if a married women is put away she cant remarry under any circumstance,unless she becomes a widow. A woman should choose her husband wisely,a women should marry a man she feels will love her as he loves his self,and cherish her.


J A Shirley's comment on 2015-03-23 07:38:47:

First, fornication, as used in the scripture in both old and new Testaments, references any and all type of sexual immortality and impurity as well as having spiritual implications: adultery also has a spiritual implication but throughout the word of God refers to violation of the matrimonial bond instituted by God himself. According to the Word of God there is no acceptable reason for divorce which God also called "putting away ", the two are the same . Neither this passage nor Paul 's writings, concerning the unbeliever, authorizes or justifies divorce nor does any passage justify marrying another after divorcing. The passage being discussed is actually relieving the some guilt on the part of the injured spouse. That is to say, If one puts away their spouse because their spouse is already a fornicator, the putting away does not make the spouse what they already are. This passage does clearly state that if the one put away marries another that is continual adultery. Likewise, if the one who did the putting away marries another that also is continual adultery. The eth suffix gives the word a present future tense, meaning that so long as the circumstances stay the same the resultant action of those circumstances stays the same. And, I remind you that all adulterers shall have their place in hell.


Buzz's comment on 2014-01-20 17:30:05:

It was not translated properly from the original Greek.
"put away" didn't mean divoce, it meant to dismiss or abandon for no good reason. Jesus is saying, if you do, then give her a certificate of divorce so she or he can go and re-marry. That way there is no adultery. Jesus meant that the put away spouse is still married and thus cannot re-marry until legally divorced. Anyone back then commiting adultery or fornication while married would have been stoned to death anyway.
the original Greek used two different words for "put away" and "divorce" and they were not translated properly.


Angel's comment on 2014-01-07 11:35:06:

My thoughts on the matter is; God create woman for man,therefore man is held accountable for not taking his place as man.


Steven's comment on 2013-12-19 03:36:10:

I think, Jesus is being pretty clear.... He says to the woman caught in adultery, "your sins are forgiven", He says to the man, " If you look with lust youve committed adultery" We are all adulterers in the flesh, but thanks be to God, our sins are forgiven and we are white as snow. Thanks be to God we are free and not bound. May we Love one another as Christ has loved us, and be willing to lose our lives for our brothers and sisters. Sometimes that may mean having to walk away.


Doreen Senabulya's comment on 2013-12-13 23:35:58:

I believe when you marry someone you become one and because of that casting away your mate will not change the fact that She is still your bone of bone.whoever gets involved with commits adultary because you are together until death.


irene's comment on 2013-06-30 00:47:17:

How about first defining the words "fornication" and adultery. In the old testament fornication is defined by *** before marriage, adultery is when a married person (note: a married person) has *** outside of their marriage.

So clearly Jesus can't be saying: if a man devorces his wife because she had *** outside of the marriage he is making her have *** outside the marriage. It was to be that if the man finds out his wife was not a virgin then he could devorce her. If not so than why would he be using two different words (fornication and adultery) to explain the reasons for devorce? I believe God wants to heal every marriage, even though adultery has occurred. Hit me back on what you think :-)


Mina's comment on 2013-01-06 17:46:13:

It means, if a man treats his wife as a sexual object and not as his spouse as God intended, he drives her to commit adultery. The question now is, who committed the sin... the husband or the wife? My thoughts, the husband. While adultery is always a sin in the eyes of God, Jesus here is warning men about other forms of adultery. This is made clear in the second part as marriage to a divorced woman is also adultery. I think you'll find the warning continues on with lustful thoughts about anyone other than your spouse is committing adultery as well. Only adultery and disbelieve are grounds for lawful divorce in Christianity. No blame is attached to the injured party if they leave the marriage. However, marriage is for life, adultery can be forgiven but disbelieve cannot be. Serial adultery, drunkenness and abuse are signs of a disbeliever. Let good men marry good women and let bad men marry bad women. My prayers are with your friend and may God show her the right course to insure her soul is happy on the day of judgment.


devon's comment on 2012-07-23 20:41:12:

I was wondering if the husband cheated n he drunk so much and abuse the wife why must she stay married to him what if she divorce him and pray to god cause god know her heart and move on with someone else


Donise Koehler's comment on 2011-02-11 23:34:54:

I understand this to be an out from bondage when married to someone who has sexual relations with another than the spouse. I also understand it to mean that Jesus says for you just to divorce for any other reason is not acceptable. When you put away your spouse whom you were joined with for any other reason makes you a used/user package so to speak. The Lord does not hold you in bondage to that which uses you like the devil. I cannot think of any other betrayal greater than the cheating of intimacy with someone other than their spouse.


Meechie's comment on 2010-11-23 23:44:24:

I see this as; if the woman has commit fornication/adultery and then if her husband decides he wants to divorce her she is labeled as unclean and if she joins with someone else she still commit adultery against the first union. Therefore she is a whore!!!


ghassan khalil's comment on 2010-10-08 15:22:28:

actually,i'd be grateful if someone could explain to me the fact that why a divorced woman shall be called an adulteress?
and how to exclude an adulteress from the rule of that way of calling divorced women as whores????


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