The Complete Sayings of Jesus, by Arthur Hinds, , at sacred-texts.com
A.D. 30. Age 33. Perea.
Mark 10, 1-12: Matthew 19, 1-12.
INTO the coasts of Judea by the farther side of Jordan, multitudes followed Jesus: and the people resort unto him; and, as he was wont, he taught them.
¶The Pharisees also came, and tempting him asked Jesus, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? * He answered,
They said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. Jesus answered,
Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? So then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement and to put her away? He saith,
In the house his disciples asked Jesus again of the same matter. He saith,
The disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But Jesus answered,
He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
95:* The account of this episode in Mark 10 gains interest by comparison with that in Matthew 19. See also Matthew 5, 31-32; and Luke 16, 18.