Mark 10:2
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New International Version
Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

New Living Translation
Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?"

English Standard Version
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

Berean Study Bible
Some Pharisees came to test Him. "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" they inquired.

Berean Literal Bible
And the Pharisees, having approached, were demanding of Him if it is lawful for a husband to divorce a wife, testing Him.

New American Standard Bible
Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.

King James Bible
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

International Standard Version
Some Pharisees came to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

NET Bible
Then some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

New Heart English Bible
Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Pharisees approached, tempting him, and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some Pharisees came to test him. They asked, "Can a husband divorce his wife?"

New American Standard 1977
And some Pharisees came up to Him, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Pharisees came to him and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? testing him.

American King James Version
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

American Standard Version
And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? trying him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Pharisees coming to [him] asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? (tempting him).

English Revised Version
And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Weymouth New Testament
Presently a party of Pharisees come to Him with the question--seeking to entrap Him, "May a man divorce his wife?"

World English Bible
Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

Young's Literal Translation
And the Pharisees, having come near, questioned him, if it is lawful for a husband to put away a wife, tempting him,
Study Bible
Teachings about Divorce
1Then Jesus left that place and went into the region of Judea, beyond the Jordan. Again the crowds came to Him and He taught them, as was His custom. 2Some Pharisees came to test Him. “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? they inquired. 3“What did Moses command you?” He replied.…
Cross References
Mark 10:1
Then Jesus left that place and went into the region of Judea, beyond the Jordan. Again the crowds came to Him and He taught them, as was His custom.

Mark 10:3
"What did Moses command you?" He replied.

John 8:6
They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.

1 Corinthians 7:10
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

the Pharisees.

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Matthew 23:13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, …

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Is it.

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1 Corinthians 7:10,11 And to the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the …

tempting.

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Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting …

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. …

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were …

(2-12) And the Pharisees came to him.--See Notes on Matthew 19:3-12. We are not surprised to find St. Mark omitting the "hard saying" about the eunuchs of Matthew 19:12. It was hardly likely, even if he knew it, to commend itself to him as adapted for the Gentile readers for whom he wrote his Gospel. Probably, however, for the reason thus given, it was not part of the current teaching of the Church, and was recorded by St. Matthew as something exceptional.

Verse 2. - And there came unto him Pharisees - the article should be omitted - and asked him - they came forward before the people, and publicly questioned him - Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? St. Matthew (Matthew 21:3) adds to the question the words, "for every cause." There were causes for which it was lawful. They put this question to our Lord, tempting him; of course with an evil intent. This question about divorce was one which was much agitated in the time of our Lord. In the century before Christ, a learned rabbi, named Hillel, a native of Babylon, who afterwards came to Jerusalem, studied the Law with great success, and became the head of the chief school in that city. One of his disciples, named Shammai, separated from his master, and set up another school; so that in the time of our Lord the scribes and doctors of the Law were ranged in two parties, namely, the followers of Hillel, the most influential; and the followers of Shammai. These two schools differed widely on the subject of divorce. The followers of Shammai only permitted divorce in the case of moral defilement, while the followers of Hillel placed the matter entirely in the power of the husband. The object, therefore, of this artful question was to entrap our Lord, and to bring him into collision with one or other of these two opposing parties. For if he had said that it was not lawful for a man to put away his wife, he would have exposed himself to the hostility of many of the wealthy classes, who put away their wives for any cause. But if he had allowed the lawfulness of divorce at all, they would have found fault with his doctrine as imperfect and carnal, although he professed to be a spiritual Teacher of a perfect system, sent down from heaven. And the: Pharisees came unto him,.... As they every where did; not to be instructed by him, but to ensnare him;

and asked him, is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? that is, as Matthew adds, "for every cause"; see Gill on Matthew 19:3, for, a divorce might be lawfully made for a cause, or reason, namely, adultery, but not for any, or every cause; which is the sense of this question of the Pharisees; and, which they put, not for information, but

tempting him; trying to entangle him by opposing the authority of Moses, should he deny the lawfulness of divorces, or by objecting his former doctrine, Matthew 5:32, and so expose him as an inconsistent preacher, should he allow them to be lawful for every reason. This clause is placed in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions before the question. 10:1-12 Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him in crowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ's constant practice. He here shows that the reason why Moses' law allowed divorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; it was only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wives consider what would become of themselves, if God should deal with them in like manner.
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