Bible verses about Divorce
It is clear from the Scripture that God does not want Divorce. God loves good and harmonious relationships in His will and Purpose. Below are Bible verses about Divorce.
Is divorce God’s plan? Is divorce scriptural? Is divorce the will of God for you? Find answers to your questions about divorce from God’s word.
The verses of the Bible below are presented in the King James Version (KJV) and New Living Translation (NLT). Be blessed as you read, study, and understand God’s word.
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a letter of divorce.’
But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’”
5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’
6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
7 “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.
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.
9 And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.”
10 Jesus’ disciples then said to him, “If this is the case, it is better not to marry!”
11 “Not everyone can accept this statement,” Jesus said. “Only those whom God helps.
12 Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”
2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
“Anyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
What the Bible says about Divorce in the Old Testament
“The priests must not marry women defiled by prostitution or women who have been divorced, for the priests must be set apart to God as holy.
He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution. She must be a virgin from his own clan,
But if she becomes a widow or is divorced and has no children to support her, and she returns to live in her father’s home, she may eat her father’s food again. But other than these exceptions, only members of the priests’ families are allowed to eat the sacred offerings.
If, however, a woman is a widow or is divorced, she must fulfill all her vows and pledges no matter what.
They will fine him one hundred pieces of silver, for he falsely accused a virgin of Israel. The payment will be made to the woman’s father. The woman will then remain the man’s wife, and he may never divorce her.
he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
Bible verses about Divorce in the Old Testament: Deuteronomy – Ezra
“Suppose a man marries a woman but later discovers something about her that is shameful. So he writes her a letter of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her away.
and the second husband also divorces her or dies,
1 Chronicles 8:8
After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab.
Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. We will obey the law of God.
Ezra – Malachi
They vowed to divorce their wives, and they each acknowledged their guilt by offering a ram as a guilt offering.
The Lord asks, “Did I sell you as slaves to my creditors? Is that why you are not here? Is your mother gone because I divorced her and sent her away? No, you went away as captives because of your sins. And your mother, too, was taken because of your sins.
“If a man divorces a woman and she marries someone else, he is not to take her back again, for that would surely corrupt the land. But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, says the Lord. Yet I am still calling you to come back to me.
she paid no attention. She saw that I had divorced faithless Israel and sent her away. But now Judah, too, has left me and given herself to prostitution.
They may choose their wives only from among the virgins of Israel or the widows of the priests. They may not marry other widows or divorced women.
“For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “It is as cruel as putting on a victim’s bloodstained coat,” says the Lord Almighty. “So guard yourself; always remain loyal to your wife.”