Does God Really Hate Divorce? Part 2

OK, the last time we were together, I taught on the subject of “Does God Really Hate Divorce?” We learned that there have been some “mistranslations” or overt changes made to the Bible text to make it seem as though God absolutely does not allow divorce. In this installment, I will cover what Jesus said. This is not the totality of what the Bible teaches about divorce, so do your own study to reveal the other passages. Now a few rules before we get started: 1) The Old Testament must agree with the New Testament. 2) The topic must stay on track with the topic thesis.

In Matthew 5:31-32 in the New King James Version of the Bible, it says this:

Matt 5:31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

Matt 5:32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Notice that the word used is “divorces”. Let’s look at the King James Version:

Mat 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Notice here that the words used are “put away”. So which is right?

In the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance,we see that for these passages, the word “Apoluo (ap-ol-oo-oh)” G630 means: “to put away”. So the King James Version has this correct.

In 5:31 there is another word used for “divorce”

Matt 5:31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

Here the word used is “apostasion (ah-po-sta-si-on) which is the Strong’s G647 and means “writ of Divorce”. Both versions agree on this.

Analysis: In the New King James Version of the Bible, it makes no sense (and is redundant) to repeat the word “divorce” twice within a sentence. If a man divorces his wife, then he has already given her a “writ of divorce”.

Verse 32 in the New King James Version makes Jesus out to be confused about what was spoken of in the Old Testament. Remember our rules? Here He says in the New King James:

“Matt 5:32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery

And here in the King James Version

Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

My question is this: In NKJV,why would a complete divorce cause the woman to commit adultery? Once you are divorced correctly, then you are free to marry another. Herein lies the problem, another mistranslation.

Notice in the KJV that the word is “put away” which makes more sense. Let’s look at it symbolically.

New King James Version: Divorce → Certificate of Divorce

King James Version: Put Away → Certificate of Divorce

Do you see the difference? The New King James Version makes it sound “redundant”.

The proper sequence for a divorce is 1) Separation 2) Writ of Divorce.

So here is my take on this issue:

1) God does not hate divorce.

2) God hates adultery

3) A man that “only” separates from his wife and marries another causes himself and her to commit adultery. This is assuming they have consensual sex during their new marriages.

4) The only reason(s) that a divorce should be sought is if there is spousal abuse, adultery or the like and if a married couple has not or has not been able to have sex during the marriage. This condition is called a “half marriage” and is divorceable.

As a final word about divorce, I do NOT condone anyone to get a divorce without: 1) Talking to your spiritual guides, I.e: Pastor, Rabbi, Cleric, Priest, etc. first. 2) Do your homework in the Bible. Make sure you understand that divorce can be destructive especially when young children are involved. 3) Before getting a divorce, talk to a counselor about trying to resolve issues in the family. Many times the couple just needs a tune-up and not a replacement. And lastly, pray, pray, pray!! Seek God for His counsel. He is the one who created man and woman and knows the issues best.

As always, God Bless, and Shalom!

By James Noll

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