Divorce & Remarriage Scriptures
Adulterers Will Not Go to Heaven
Exo_20:14/ Deu_5:18; Lev_20:10; Deu_22:22-24; Pro_2:16-19; 6:23-33; Jer_5:7-9; 29:21-23; Eze_23:43-47; Mal_3:5-6; Mat_5:27-32; 19:9, 16, 18/ Mar_10:17, 19/ Luk_18:18, 20; 1Co_6:9-10; Gal_5:16-21; Heb_13:4; Rev_2:22-23… etc. Also see: Mat_15:19; Mar_7:21; Rom_13:9-10; Jas_2:11-12; 2Pe_2:14, 17-22
Divorce and Remarriage Is Adultery
Repent & Return to the First
Mosaic Law: Dut 24:1-4 → Amended: Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:14; Mat 5:31-32; 19: 8-9a
Put Away Forbidden Wives: Ezr 10:3-44; Mat 14:3-4; Luk 16:15-18
Return: Jer 3:1-22; Hos 2:7-8; David and Jesus' Return: 1Sam 18:20-27; 25:44 → 2Sam 3:14-16; 6:16-23; Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:11, 14, 16; [and compare: Ps 51:16-17; Heb 10:5-9; 1Sam 21:3-6; Mat 12:1-8; Jn 5:18]
More Passages & Other Issues
The First Marriage: Gen 2:23-24; Mat 19:5-6/ Mar 10:7; Eph 5:31
What is falsely called “the Pauline Exception”: 1Co 7:12 & 15, But → *v.10-11 & 39*. The word “δεδουλωται” (in 1Co 7:15, also v. 21-23) is never used for marriage even once in whole Bible: Acts 7:6; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1Co 7:15; 9:19; Gal. 4:3; Tit. 2:3; 2Pe. 2:19; – “δεδεται” (1Cor 7:39) is the Bible word for being “bound into one flesh,” as it is also used in Rom 7:2, but not in what is falsely called “the Pauline Exception” (1Co 7:12 & 15)
1Co_7:10-11 CAB Now
to those who have married I command, yet not I, but the Lord [commanded in Mat_19:6]: A wife is not to be separated
from her husband-- 11
and even if
Luk_16:18 CAB Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and everyone who marries a woman who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.
1Co_6:9-10 Jos.Trans. Do not be deceived: neither male prostitutes [i.e. fornicators]… nor adulterers… will inherit the kingdom of God.
One Flesh Is Permanent – For Life!
Mal 2:13-16; Mat 19:5-6; Mar 10:7; Rom 7:2; 1Cor 7:39; Eph 5:31; Isa 22:22
Marriage Applies to Everyone
Only Divorce for Betrothal-Fornication Before Marriage
Deu 22 addresses betrothal-fornication (i.e. before marriage), and Mat 5:32 uses the same terminology for the only exception allowing divorce:
Deu 22:20-21 – “λόγος...ἐκπορνεῦσαι” (LXX, Greek O.T.)
Mat 5:32 – “λόγου πορνείας” (GNT, Greek N.T.)
Deu 22 allows for divorce during betrothal before marriage, and Matthew refers to this before ever giving an exception clause (see: Mat 1:18-19→5:32→Jon 8:41).
General Betrothal Examples
Deu 22:14-24; Joel 1:8;
God’s Betrothal to His People
Jer 2:32; 3:1-22 (God temporarily divorced during betrothal); Mat 25:10; 26:27; 2Co 11:2; etc.
Betrothal-fornication Clearly Distinguished from Adultery
Hos 4:13-14; Mat 19:10; 15:19, Mar 7:21; Gal 5:19; etc.
1Co_7:39 CAB A wife has been bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband also dies, she is free [ἐλευθέρα – lit. she is a loosed person] to be married to whom she desires, only in the Lord.
Rom_7:2-3 CAB For the woman who is under a man has been bound by law to the living husband. But if the husband should die, she is released from the law of the husband. 3 So then, while the husband is living, she will be called an adulteress if she becomes married to a different husband; but if her husband should die, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, having become married to a different husband.