New International Version
"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
King James Bible
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
Darby Bible Translation
They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send [her] away?
World English Bible
They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
Young's Literal Translation
They say to him, 'Why then did Moses command to give a roll of divorce, and to put her away?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement? - It is not an unusual case for the impure and unholy to seek for a justification of their conduct from the law of God itself, and to wrest Scripture to their own destruction. I knew a gentleman, so called, who professed deep reverence for the sacred writings, and, strange as it may appear, was outwardly irreproachable in every respect but one; that was, he kept more women than his wife. This man frequently read the Bible, and was particularly conversant with those places that spoke of or seemed to legalize the polygamy of the patriarchs!
A writing of divorcement - See the form of it in the note on Matthew 5:31 (note).
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If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,
"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
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