Matthew 19:10
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New International Version
The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."

New Living Translation
Jesus' disciples then said to him, "If this is the case, it is better not to marry!"

English Standard Version
The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”

Berean Study Bible
His disciples said to Him, "If this is the case between a man and his wife, it is better not to marry."

Berean Literal Bible
His disciples say to Him, "If this is the case of the man with the wife, it is better not to marry."

New American Standard Bible
The disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry."

King James Bible
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it's better not to marry!"

International Standard Version
His disciples asked him, "If that is the relationship of a man with his wife, it's not worth getting married!"

NET Bible
The disciples said to him, "If this is the case of a husband with a wife, it is better not to marry!"

New Heart English Bible
The disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His disciples were saying to him, “If the accusations are thus between a man and a wife, it is not expedient to take a wife.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples said to him, "If that is the only reason a man can use to divorce his wife, it's better not to get married."

New American Standard 1977
The disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.

King James 2000 Bible
His disciples said unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

American King James Version
His disciples say to him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

American Standard Version
The disciples say unto him, If the case of the man is so with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.

Darby Bible Translation
His disciples say to him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

English Revised Version
The disciples say unto him, If the case of the man is so with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.

Webster's Bible Translation
His disciples say to him, If the case of the man is so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Weymouth New Testament
"If this is the case with a man in relation to his wife," said the disciples to Him, "it is better not to marry."

World English Bible
His disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."

Young's Literal Translation
His disciples say to him, 'If the case of the man with the woman is so, it is not good to marry.'
Study Bible
Teachings about Divorce
9Now I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman, commits adultery.” 10His disciples said to Him, “If this is the case between a man and his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11“Not everyone can accept this word,” Jesus answered, “but only those to whom it has been given.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:9
Now I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman, commits adultery."

Matthew 19:11
"Not everyone can accept this word," Jesus answered, "but only those to whom it has been given.
Treasury of Scripture

His disciples say to him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; …

Proverbs 5:15-19 Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well…

Proverbs 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 19:13,14 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions …

Proverbs 21:9,19 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling …

1 Corinthians 7:1,2,8,26-28 Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for …

1 Corinthians 7:32-35,39,40 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares …

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…

1 Timothy 5:11-15 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton …

(10) If the case of the man.--The words seem to indicate that the laxer view of the school of Hillel was the more popular one even with those who, like the disciples, had been roused to some efforts after a righteousness higher than that of the scribes or Pharisees. They looked forward to the possible discomforts of marriage under the conditions which their Master had set before them, and drew the conclusion that they outweighed its advantages. Why entangle themselves in a union which they were no longer able to dissolve, when they got tired of it, by the short and easy method of a bill of divorcement? It is instructive to remember that one of the greatest of English writers has taken the same line of thought in dealing with the question. Milton's Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, and the treatises that followed it, are but an elaborate and eloquent expression of the words of the disciples, "If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry."

Verse 10. - His disciples say unto him. Our Lord appears to have repeated privately to the disciples what he had said publicly to the Pharisees. If the case (ἡ αἰτία) of the man be so with his wife. Some commentators take αἰτία to signify guilt: "if such guilt appertains to the married state." But the meaning is plain enough anyway, and the word, as here used, corresponds to the Latin causa, and the Hebrew dibrah, which may denote "case," "condition," etc. The disciples reflect the feeling of their day. Marriage without any possibility of essential release (for they see that this is Christ's law) seems to them a severe and unbearable connection. It were better never to marry at all than to fetter one's self with such an inexorable obligation. Such a doctrine was entirely novel in that age, and most unpalatable; and even the apostles receive it with wonder and hesitation. They have not yet leaned that in Messiah's kingdom grace conquers natural inclination, and strengthens the weak will so that it rises superior to custom, prejudice, and the promptings of the flesh. His disciples say unto him,.... Being surprised at this account of things, it being quite contrary to what they had been taught, and very different from the general practice and usage of their nation:

if the case of a man be so with his wife; if they are so closely joined together in marriage; if they are, as it were, one flesh, or one body, that a man's wife is himself: that the bond between them is so inviolable, that it is not to be dissolved, but in case of adultery; that if a separation be made by a bill of divorce, in any other case, and either party marry again, they are guilty of adultery; if a man cannot part with his wife lawfully, provided she be chaste, and is faithful to his bed, let her be what she will otherwise, though ever so disagreeable in her person, and troublesome in her behaviour; though she may be passionate, and a brawler; though she may be drunken, luxurious, and extravagant, and mind not the affairs of her family, yet if she is not an adulteress, must not be put away:

it is not good to marry; it would be more expedient and advisable for a man to live always a single life, than to run the risk of marrying a woman, that may prove very disagreeable and uncomfortable; to whom he must be bound all the days of his or her life, and, in such a case, not to be able to relieve and extricate himself. This they said under the prejudice of a national law and custom, which greatly prevailed, and under the influence of a carnal heart. 10. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry—that is, "In this view of marriage, surely it must prove a snare rather than a blessing, and had better be avoided altogether."19:3-12 The Pharisees were desirous of drawing something from Jesus which they might represent as contrary to the law of Moses. Cases about marriage have been numerous, and sometimes perplexed; made so, not by the law of God, but by the lusts and follies of men; and often people fix what they will do, before they ask for advice. Jesus replied by asking whether they had not read the account of the creation, and the first example of marriage; thus pointing out that every departure therefrom was wrong. That condition is best for us, and to be chosen and kept to accordingly, which is best for our souls, and tends most to prepare us for, and preserve us to, the kingdom of heaven. When the gospel is really embraced, it makes men kind relatives and faithful friends; it teaches them to bear the burdens, and to bear with the infirmities of those with whom they are connected, to consider their peace and happiness more than their own. As to ungodly persons, it is proper that they should be restrained by laws, from breaking the peace of society. And we learn that the married state should be entered upon with great seriousness and earnest prayer.
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