Matthew 19:6
Parallel Verses
New International Version
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."

New Living Translation
Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together."

English Standard Version
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

New American Standard Bible
"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

King James Bible
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.""

International Standard Version
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate."

NET Bible
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Therefore they were not two, but one flesh. The things therefore that God has united let not a man separate.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, don't let anyone separate what God has joined together."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

American King James Version
Why they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

American Standard Version
So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Darby Bible Translation
so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

English Revised Version
So that they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. Therefore what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Weymouth New Testament
Thus they are no longer two, but 'one'! What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

World English Bible
So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don't let man tear apart."

Young's Literal Translation
so that they are no more two, but one flesh; what therefore God did join together, let no man put asunder.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Wherefore (ὥστε); so that. This follows from the quotation just given. Our Lord explains and confirms the original dictum by an assertion of his own and a general law. What God hath joined together. The institution of marriage is God's appointment. Christ says ο{, what, neuter singular, not "those whom," plural and concrete, that he may make it clear that he is here speaking in the abstract, not specially of Adam and Eve. What he enunciates is true of all wedlock, not simply of the case of our first parents. Let not man put asunder. Man does thus infringe the primitive rule when he divorces his with. Herein he opposes God and acts against nature. He and his wife are one; they can no more separate from one another than they can from themselves. If we regard our Lord's language in this passage without prejudice, and not reading into it modern notions, we must consider that he here decrees the indissolubility of the marriage tie. His hearers plainly understood him so to speak, as we see from the objection which they urged.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore they are no more twain,.... They were two before marriage, but now no more so; not but that they remain two distinct persons,

but one flesh; or, as the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "one body": hence the wife is to beloved by the husband as his own body, as himself, as his own flesh, Ephesians 5:28.

what therefore God hath joined together; or, by the first institution of marriage, has declared to be so closely united together, as to be, as it were, one flesh, and one body, as husband and wife are;

let no man put asunder; break the bond of union, dissolve the relation, and separate them from each other, for every trivial thing, upon any slight occasion, or for anything; but what is hereafter mentioned. The sense is, that the bond of marriage being made by God himself, is so sacred and inviolable, as that it ought not to be dissolved by any man; not by the husband himself, or any other for him; nor by any state or government, by any prince or potentate, by any legislator whatever; no, not by Moses himself, who is, at least, included, if not chiefly designed here, though not named, to avoid offence: and God and man being opposed in this passage, shows, that marriage is an institution and appointment of God, and therefore not to be changed and altered by man at his pleasure; this not merely a civil, but a sacred affair, in which God is concerned.



Matthew 19:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Teaching about Divorce
5and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH '? 6"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." 7They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"…
Cross References
Malachi 2:16
"The man who hates and divorces his wife," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "does violence to the one he should protect," says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.

Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Matthew 19:7
"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
Treasury of Scripture

Why they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

God.

Proverbs 2:17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

Malachi 2:14 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

Mark 10:9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

Romans 7:2 For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband …

1 Corinthians 7:10-14 And to the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the …

Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

hath. [Zeugos,] 'hath yoked together,' as oxen in the plough, where each must pull equally in order to bring it on. Among the ancients, they put a yoke upon the necks of a new married couple, or chains on their arms, to shew that they were to be one, closely united, and pulling equally together in all the concerns of life.

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