New Living Translation
"Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?" they asked.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
19:7 Why did Moses command - Christ replies, Moses permitted (not commanded) it, because of the hardness of your hearts - Because neither your fathers nor you could bear the more excellent way. Deut 24:1 Matt 5:31; Mark 10:2; Luke 16:18.
LibraryThe First Last, and the Last First
"But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."--Matthew 19:30. "So the last shall be first, and the first last."--Matthew 20:16. WE MUST BE SAVED if we would serve the Lord. We cannot serve God in an unsaved condition. "They that are in the flesh cannot please God." It is vain for them to attempt service while they are still at enmity against God. The Lord wants not enemies to wait upon him, nor slaves to grace his throne. We must be saved first; and salvation is all of grace. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891
A Treatise on Good Works
Journey to Jerusalem. Concerning Divorce.
"Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. Having discovered something wrong with her, he writes her a letter of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house.
"You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.'
Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together."
Jesus replied, "Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.
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