Jesus Returning to Judea
Interwoven Gospels

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished these words, arising from thence, He departed from Galilee and came into the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan. And great multitudes came together unto Him again and followed Him; and, as was His custom, He taught them once more and healed them there.

And there came to Him the Pharisees, tempting Him, and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a husband to put away his wife for every cause?" Then He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" And they said, "Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorcement and to put her away."

Then said Jesus to them, "Have ye not read that He who made them at the beginning of creation, made them male and female, and said, 'For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What, therefore, God hath joined together, let not man separate."

They say to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement and to put her away?" He saith to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your heart, wrote you this commandment and permitted you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it hath not been so. Therefore I say to you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery; and he that marrieth her that is put away, committeth adultery."

And in the house, the disciples asked Him again about this matter. And He saith to them, "Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her; and if she herself shall put away her husband and marry another, she committeth adultery." The disciples say to Him, "If the case of the man with his wife is so, it is not expedient to marry." But He said to them, "Not all can receive this saying, but those to whom it hath been given; for there are eunuchs who were born such from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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